Karl Anthony Uchechuckwu Mubiru “Uche” Ikpeazu is a forward for League One team Blackpool on loan from Premier League club Watford. He was born and raised in England and is of Nigerian heritage.
He was a Reading Academy graduate who signed with Watford in 2013. At Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Portuguese Vale, and Blackpool, he has played on loan. Ikpeazu joined Reading after being born to Nigerian parents in Harrow, England “in the latter part of 2010.
He scored 28 goals in as many games during his final under-18 season in 2012–2013, finishing as the highest scorer in the nation at the academy level. He declined Reading’s offer of a professional contract in favor of a three-year deal with Watford, a Championship team, in July 2013.
Watford was compelled to make a payment as compensation for his advanced age, and after six months of talks, an agreement was reached in January 2014 with the payment’s terms being kept secret. In the same month, Ikpeazu, who had not yet played for Watford’s first team, signed a loan deal with League One outfit Crewe Alexandra that would last through the conclusion of the campaign.
On January 18, he made his Gresty Road debut as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 loss to Leyton Orient. Three weeks later, against Bradford City, he scored his first goals in professional football. Ikpeazu went back to Crewe on November 26, 2014, for a loan period that lasted until January 25, 2015.
He scored in a 1-1 home tie with Doncaster Rovers two days later. He transferred to Doncaster Rovers on loan when the loan period was over. He was reportedly considered by manager Paul Dickov as a potential permanent addition, but after failing to make an impression at the Keepmoat Stadium, he returned to Watford in March.
When manager Steve Davis acknowledged that he was unable to fill in for Ikpeazu during his absence, he later returned to Crewe on loan. Ikpeazu impressed manager Rob Page while playing for Crewe against the Vale the season before and signed a six-month loan deal with League One club Portuguese Vale in July 2015.
He began the campaign in the club’s place “s primary striker, and despite being left off the starting lineup against Oldham Athletic on September 29, he came off the bench to net an equalizer. Ikpeazu was the club’s star player, therefore Page was hoping to extend the loan agreement till the end of the campaign “s leading scorer in the campaign’s early going.
However, after getting dismissed against Burton Albion on October 24, AJ Leitch-Smith entered the lineup and hit a good vein of form, and he lost his spot in the first squad. Ikpeazu is still the club, but “s leading scorer, his loan term was not renewed in January.
Yet he stayed in League One, signing a loan deal with Blackpool that would last until the conclusion of the 2015–2016 campaign. Ikpeazu is a powerful, athletic forward who stands 6 feet 3 inches (191 meters) tall.
In November 2011, he signed a loan agreement with Southern League team Didcot Town and scored twice in three games, including the 3-1 FA Trophy victory over Conference Premier team Bromley.