Professional Football Player
Daniel Olusola "Danny" Shittu born in Lagos is a Nigerian footballer, currently playing for Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.
"Olusola" is a nickname for the Yoruba name "Oluwanisola" (meaning "God creates wealth").
Shittu started his career at Charlton Athletic. He spent most of his two years at the club on loan, first at Blackpool in January and February 2001, then Queens Park Rangers. QPR acquired his services permanently for £350,000 in January 2002. He was bought by a fan, Alex Winton, who also paid Shittu's wages during his first season at the club. His time there was successful, with 159 appearances in four seasons, plus 16 goals.
On 6 August 2006 he was signed for £1.6 million by Premiership newcomers Watford. This move was controversial, as Shittu had passed a medical at West Bromwich Albion, before a late call from Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd.
Shittu scored his first goal for the club in a 2–3 loss against Newcastle United in League Cup on 7 November 2006. He powered a header past Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper to give Watford the lead. However Watford went on to lose the match on penalties. Shittu scored his first Premier League goal on 5 May 2007 in a 2–0 win at Reading.
On 16 February 2008, Shittu managed to score both for and against his former club, Charlton Athletic. After a successful 2007–08 season with Watford in which Shittu scored 9 goals in all competitions, he was named in the PFA Championship team of the year. Shittu joined Premier League club Bolton Wanderers on 6 August 2008, on a three-year contract, for £2m plus further add-ons, beating off competition from Scottish Club Rangers.
In early May 2010 it was reported that Shittu was a target for Kayserispor of the Turkish league, with early reports suggesting that he was being offered a lucrative £1m a year contract.