Samuel Kalu (born 26 August 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as winger for Premier League club Watford FC and the Nigeria national team.
Born in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. Samuel Kalu started his football career at GBS Academy in Jos, Nigeria. In 2015, he signed with AS Trenčín, a partner club with GBS Academy at the time. After his impressive displays in the Slovak League with Trenčín, he joined KAA Gent in 2017. His spell in Belgium was successful and in the summer of 2018 he signed for French top division club Bordeaux. He was handed the number 10 jersey on arrival.
On 9 December 2015, Kalu signed a two-year contract with the Slovak side AS Trenčín. He made his professional debut for Trenčín against Slovan Bratislava on 27 February 2016.
On 4 January 2017, he was transferred to Belgium top division club KAA Gent.
On 6 August 2018, Kalu signed for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, signing a five-year contract.
On 15 August 2021, Kalu collapsed in a game against Marseille. He was able to get up and walk off the pitch with his teammates’ help while holding an ice pack against his head. 8 minutes later, he was substituted off for Rémi Oudin.
On 26 January 2022, Kalu joined Premier League club Watford on a three-and-a-half year deal until 2025.
“I’m the kind of player who plays like Eden Hazard, I admire him a lot. I also watch Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Samuel Kalu talks about his playing style, Nigerian connections and his journey so far in his first interview as a Watford player!
Kalu in an interview with Watford FC media
On 13 October 2018, he scored his first international goal with the Nigeria senior national team against Libya. He scored the final goal in a 4–0 victory. Kalu collapsed during the Nigerian team training session during the AFCON 2019 held in Egypt. Though rumours had it that he suffered a heart attack but this was later debunked as he collapsed as a result of severe dehydration. He was later released from the hospital to link up with the rest of the squad in Alexandria.
Samuel Kaluis currently single and not in any relationship for now. Samuel Kalu is also not yet married.
Kalu’s mother was released on 5 March 2019, having been kidnapped six days previously.
Samuel Kalu’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $1.5 million – $13 million.
Samuel Kalu earns over $1.2 million annually playing for FC Bordeaux.