Nadjim "Jimmy" Abdou (born 13 July 1984) is a footballer who plays as a midfielder and right back for AFC Wimbledon on loan from Millwall. He previously played for Martigues, Sedan and Plymouth Argyle. He has represented Comoros at international level.

Club career

Early career in France

Born in Martigues, Bouches-du-Rhône, Abdou started out with his home-town club Martigues in 2002, before joining Sedan in 2003,[8] where, after three seasons in Ligue 2, he played one season in Ligue 1 in 2006–07. Sedan finished in 19th place and were relegated.

Plymouth Argyle

After a trial in the summer of 2007, "Jimmy" Abdou joined English Football League Championship club Plymouth Argyle signing on a free transfer on 20 August until the end of the 2007–08 season.[9] He made his first league appearance on 25 August as a 62nd-minute substitute in a 3–2 defeat at Barnsley.[10] He scored his first goal in English football against Scunthorpe United in a 3–0 win at Home Park on 1 December 2007.[11] After contract discussions in April 2008,[12] Abdou left Plymouth in June 2008 after turning down the club's contract offer[13] and signed for Millwall on 3 July 2008.

Millwall

Abdou's signature has turned out to be something of a coup for manager Kenny Jackett. In spite of one or two short term injuries, Abdou has been successful at Millwall, holding down a regular first team slot in central midfield when fit.

Abdou scored the winning goal in the League One Playoff Semi-finals against Leeds United at Elland Road on 14 May 2009 to send them to Wembley for their first ever playoff final, which they lost 3–2 to Scunthorpe United. After missing out on promotion during the 2008–09 season, Abdou helped play a big part in earning Millwall promotion the following season. He scored in Millwall's first game of the season against Southampton, with a header, it turned out to be his only goal of the season. Millwall were eventually promoted after beating Swindon Town in the play-off final.

In April 2012, Abdou was named as the club's Player of the Year for the 2011–12 season after a vote by Millwall's supporters.[14] "I would like to thank all the fans who voted for me, and my team mates as well because this is a team game," he said after hearing of the award.[14]

AFC Wimbledon loan

In July 2017 he joined AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan.[15] He scored on his debut for Wimbledon in a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United on 5 August 2017.[16]

International career

Abdou earned his first call up to the Comoros national football team for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique on 9 October 2010. He played the full match, which Comoros lost 1–0 after conceding a goal in stoppage time.[17]

Career statistics

As of match played 3 October 2017 [18]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Martiques2002–03Ligue 22610000--261
Total2610000--261
Sedan2003–04Ligue 21700000--170
2004–05Ligue 23220000--322
2005–06Ligue 21400000--140
2006–07Ligue 11700000--170
Total8020000--802
Plymouth Argyle2007–08[19]Championship3111110--332
Total3111110--332
Millwall2008–09[20]League One363201041434
2009–10[21]League One431501040531
2010–11[22]Championship3401010--360
2011–12[23]Championship4002030--450
2012–13[24]Championship3915010--451
2013–14[25]Championship2401020--270
2014–15[26]Championship3312020--371
2015–16[27]League One291000050341
2016–17[28]League One120202061221
Millwall Total29072001301923429
AFC Wimbledon (loan)2017–18[29]League One7100000071
Career total4341221114019248815
  1. One appearance in the Football League Trophy and three in the League One play-offs
  2. Two appearances in the Football League Trophy and three in the League One play-offs
  3. Three appearances and a goal in the Football League Trophy, three appearances in the League One play-offs