James Tarkowski is an Irish international football player. Also known as James Trapp and Jay Stimson, he is a centre back for Wolves. A versatile player with a strong left foot, James Tarkowski made his debut for the Ireland aged squad in 2021 at the age of 16.
Defender James Tarkowski is currently on loan at Vitesse from Belgian side Gent. He started playing for the Gent underage teams in the late 90s before making his international debut for the Irish against England in a friendly match at Windsor City. After moving to Leicester in the summer of 2021, Tarkowski has made twenty starts for the Foxes and impressed for the club in the second half of the season, earning a goal in a 3-2 win against Watford. The Bees are also offering Tarkowski a loan until the end of the season in which he has impressed with his performances, earning a regular place in the starting eleven.
James Tarkowski started his international career in the month of 2021, where he played against Nigeria in a 1-1 draw. His appearance earned him a call up to the Irish national team and he featured for the nation in the following months, as well as the following years, becoming a popular role model for many of the younger players in the Irish squad. Despite some criticism from coach Declan Kidney, James Tarkowski has continued to prove that he is one of the best centre backs in the world. Tarkowski has also impressed during his time with the Bees, making over 100 appearances for the club. As well as being one of the best centre backs in the league, James Tarkowski is a goalscorer for the club and has bagged over thirty goals during his time with the club.
|Age||28 years old|
|Born||19 November 1992|
|Birthplace||Manchester, United Kingdom|
James Tarkowski first came on to the radar of the Irish media when he signed for Cork City in the pre-season of 2021. Despite the big money that the club was offering to lure the centre-backs away, Tarkowski’s efforts soon convinced them of his ability and he was given a contract for the coming season. Despite the efforts of Tarkowski, however, Cork did not qualify for the league one. Instead, James Tarkowski headed to England where he has spent the better part of three seasons with Queens Park Rangers. A lack of playing time at QPR cost him his place with the England squad but he managed to earn himself a cup match in the finals and was then named as one of the three centre-backs in the England side that won the trophy at the FA Cup final.
James Tarkowski signed a new five year contract with Nottingham Forest and moved to full time training with the club ahead of the new year. However, it was not to be as he missed out on the opening game of the season against Wolves because of an undisclosed fee payable to the Nottingham Forest Football Club. He was then left out of the starting line up for the Forest’s opening game of the year against Wrexham and has since been given time to reconsider his position with the club.
James Tarkowski has finally decided to honour the contract that he signed with Nottingham Forest and is now hoping to earn himself a recall to the England national team. Having started all three matches for the Three Lions this summer, James Tarkowski could well be in line for a recall and a place in the England team ahead of the tournament start next summer. If this is the case, the versatile defender will be welcomed back into the fold after long waiting for his chance at international football. With injuries keeping goalkeeper Joe Murphy and defenders James Chester and John Terry out of the England side, Tarkowski could also become an even more important player for Nottingham Forest in the future.