First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Herita Ilunga (Defender)

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Herita Ilunga

Kinshasa
Squad Number: 23
Position: Defender
Born: 25th Feb 1982 (Kinshasa)
Signed: 1st Jul 2009 (£2,400,000)
Contract: 4 years
Previous Club: Toulouse

KUMB Awards: Best Signing (runner up) 2008/09; Worst Player (third place) 2011/12.

Ilunga arrived in September 2008 from French outfit Toulouse and filled the left-back slot vacated by George McCartney.

The 26 year-old defender spent most of the 2008 summer transfer window being linked with a move to Britain with Newcastle and Celtic also strongly linked.

 

Herita Ilunga is yet play any matches this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Aldershot Town

1-2: Wednesday, 24th August

(Replaced Carew, 50) Enough is enough. He is a liability and has played a part in each of the three last-minute goals we've conceded this season.

Leeds United

2-2: Sunday, 21st August

Still looks a week link to me. Looks occasionally good going forward but his distribution was weak and he’s a worry defensively. Hurry up Linda.

Watford

4-0: Tuesday, 16th August

His best performance for us for the best part of a couple of years. Solid at the back, good going forward.

Doncaster Rovers

1-0: Saturday, 13th August

On the showing of the two matches so far he looks to be a weak link. Some occasional good defensive work is all too often undone by lapses of the sort we saw against Cardiff. Distribution also leaves much to be desired and the arrival of McCartney is likely to see future outings limited.

Doncaster Rovers

1-0: Saturday, 13th August

Generally poor, sloppy in possession and about to be replaced by George McCartney, one would assume.

Cardiff City

0-1: Sunday, 7th August

Looked ok – for about an hour. Ran out of steam alarmingly quickly and we’ll draw a quiet veil over the goal shall we.

Nottingham Forest

3-2: Sunday, 30th January

Given that he's now been left out of the 25 this may just have been his final match for us. Never looked like the player we had on loan.

Everton

1-1: Tuesday, 28th December

Comments to follow.

Fulham

3-1: Sunday, 26th December

Did not play.

Liverpool

0-3: Saturday, 20th November

Comments to follow.

Blackpool

0-0: Saturday, 13th November

Not a patch on the player of a couple of years ago. I suspect a spell on the bench will be the order of the day once Da Costa is fit again.

West Bromwich Albion

2-2: Wednesday, 10th November

Comments to follow.

Birmingham City

2-2: Saturday, 6th November

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 30th October

Given a tough time – just before Faubert did his jump Ilunga dis exactly the sam ething but got away with it.

Newcastle United

1-2: Saturday, 23rd October

(Replaced Barrera, 69 mins) Went walkabout for the winner, causing Gabbidon to get drawn out of the centre.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-1: Saturday, 16th October

Did not play.

Fulham

1-1: Saturday, 2nd October

Did not play.

Chelsea

1-3: Saturday, 11th September

Relatively solid but failed to prevent Essien's first header.

Manchester United

0-3: Saturday, 28th August

A better second half. But otherwise poor again.

Oxford United

1-0: Tuesday, 24th August

Did not play.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Saturday, 21st August

Solid enough without really catching the eye.

Aston Villa

0-3: Saturday, 14th August

More like second season Ilunga than first season. Which doesn't bode well.

Deportivo La Coruna

0-0: Saturday, 7th August

Comments to follow.

Arsenal

0-2: Saturday, 20th March

Did not play.

Birmingham City

2-0: Wednesday, 10th February

Combined well with Diamanti in the first half before injury curtailed his part in the proceedings.

Burnley

1-2: Saturday, 6th February

Did not play.

Blackburn Rovers

0-0: Saturday, 30th January

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Monday, 28th December

Comments to follow.

Portsmouth

2-0: Saturday, 26th December

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-1: Sunday, 20th December

Some good touches, particularly going forward.

Bolton

1-3: Tuesday, 15th December

Comments to follow.

Birmingham City

0-1: Saturday, 12th December

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

0-4: Saturday, 5th December

Seems at least a yard short of pace at the moment.

Burnley

5-3: Saturday, 28th November

Some good stuff early on but caught out of position a few times second half. Notably for the third goal.

Hull City

3-3: Saturday, 21st November

Did not play.

Aston Villa

2-1: Wednesday, 4th November

Injured before he got going.

Sunderland

2-2: Saturday, 31st October

Distribution left much to be desired and I’ve docked him a point for his unnecessary reaction to Jones’ push – the Sunderland man was walking anyway.

Arsenal

2-2: Sunday, 25th October

A lot of the threat came from down his flank. Got forward well on occasion but crossing was poor.

Stoke City

1-2: Saturday, 17th October

Comments to follow.

Fulham

2-2: Sunday, 4th October

Got into some decent positions in the second half but seemed to develop a cloak of invisibility as far as his team-mates were concerned.

Manchester City

1-3: Monday, 28th September

God knows what he was doing for the third goal, he had his hand up for offside before the free kick was even taken and then got beaten in the air by Tevez!

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Tuesday, 22nd September

Always available as an outlet, but not his best game.

Liverpool

2-3: Saturday, 19th September

Just back from injury and it showed. However, there were a few signs that there could be a bit of a partnership developing with Hines.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 15th August

Decent runout until the head injury left him looking a trifle unsteady.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 15th August

Decent runout until the head injury left him looking a trifle unsteady.

Beijing Guoan

2-0: Friday, 31st July

Made some good forays into enemy territory; untested in the main defensively.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 24th May

Usual reliable display and played a fine part in the goal.

Liverpool

0-3: Saturday, 9th May

Okish defensively but failed to link up in any meaningful way with Stanislas.

Stoke City

1-0: Saturday, 2nd May

Probably the defender in our back four who had the quietest game as Stoke appeared to prefer our right hand side as a focus for their attacks.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 25th April

Ok defensively but I thought we could have had a bit more from him going forward.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th April

A quiet, steady game. Harshly booked towards the end.

Blackburn Rovers

1-1: Saturday, 21st March

Battled well throughout and stuck to his job.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Monday, 16th March

An off-day. Started with a foul throw and went downhill from there.

West Bromwich Albion

0-0: Monday, 16th March

His worst game so far for the club. Rarely got forward and when he did he had difficulty keeping the ball in play.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 21st February

Couple of good attacking runs but was caught out of position for the second goal.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 21st February

Not one of his better games today – was a bit too wasteful with the ball.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

His overlapping on the left caused constant problems for the Middlesbrough defence. Capped off a fine performance with the equalizing goal.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

One of the few that didn’t have an off day. Nice finish for the goal – perhaps he could give lessons to one or two of the squad.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 14th February

One of the few that didn’t have an off day. Nice finish for the goal – perhaps he could give lessons to one or two of the squad.

Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 8th February

His reputation goes before him and Giggs and Ronaldo spent their time working on Neill’s failings.

Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 8th February

Solid enough at the back but a bit reluctant to get forward.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

Not his normal swashbuckling self going forward but a decent job on the defensive side of things.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

Not his normal swashbuckling self going forward but a decent job on the defensive side of things.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 31st January

Was unable to go forward as often as normal but rarely looked like he was going to be beaten in defensive positions.

Hull City

2-0: Wednesday, 28th January

Never troubled in defence and spent most of the time going forward.

Hartlepool United

2-0: Saturday, 24th January

Found a lot of space in advanced positions in the first half but failed to provide good enough crosses.

Fulham

3-1: Sunday, 18th January

Another assured performance from a player who makes very few mistakes.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 10th January

Supposedly we have an option to sign permanently. I hope so. Credited with an assist for Cole’s goal.

Barnsley

3-0: Saturday, 3rd January

Another good run-out for the chap from the Congo. Nice to see him on the score-sheet having threatened a few times this season.

Stoke City

2-1: Sunday, 28th December

An easy afternoon at the back but when we were going forward he lacked support from the midfield. All too often he was given the ball with nobody alongside to provide extra width.

Stoke City

2-1: Sunday, 28th December

An easy afternoon at the back but when we were going forward he lacked support from the midfield. All too often he was given the ball with nobody alongside to provide extra width.

Portsmouth

0-0: Saturday, 15th November

Not as impressive going forward as he has been of late but sound enough defensively. Not sure how serious the knock was.

Portsmouth

0-0: Saturday, 15th November

Not as impressive going forward as he has been of late but sound enough defensively. Not sure how serious the knock was.

Everton

1-3: Saturday, 8th November

Another strong performance from the left back who looked tight in defence and strong going forward.

Everton

1-3: Saturday, 8th November

Another strong performance from the left back who looked tight in defence and strong going forward.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 1st November

Some have expressed concern about Cheri defensively but I thought he did ok today.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Sunday, 5th October

Pick of the bunch for me.

Fulham

2-1: Sunday, 28th September

Has had an impressive start to his career. Stronger tests than Newcastle and Fulham are to come but early signs are that we have a useful player here.

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Looked good on his home debut and linked up well with Etherington.

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

Continued on from where he left off at West Brom. Solid defensively and played some fine balls down the line.

West Bromwich Albion

2-3: Saturday, 13th September

Seems to have a decent passing range and plenty of pace. However his positional play will need a little work.
Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.

Herita Ilunga did not play for West Ham during this season.