Leyton, How’s Marvin Ekpiteta faring since his Leyton Orient exit in 2020?

How’s Marvin Ekpiteta faring since his Leyton Orient exit in 2020?

Marvin Ekpiteta left Leyton Orient to join Blackpool last summer – so how’s the defender faring at his new club?

Ekpiteta, 25, spent two-and-a-half years in East London between 2018 and 2020.

He featured 74 times in all competitions and scored six goals, only missing six games in Orient’s National League promotion-winning season in 2018-19.

Ekpiteta made 27 appearances in League Two the following season before the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short. Following the expiry of his contract, he joined then-League One side Blackpool.

Ekpiteta made 28 League One appearances last season, scoring two goals, and was an unused substitute in Blackpool’s 2-1 Playoff Final victory against Lincoln City.

This season Ekpiteta has seen a lot more game time, only missing four league appearances and wielding the captain’s armband for seven consecutive games including a 2-0 derby win against Preston.

The two-time Nigeria U20 international, Ekpiteta has proven himself as a solid Championship defender, and with the Seasiders sitting in a comfortable 11th place after 20 games they will be looking to ensure survival and more second-tier football for next year.

O’s fans will have plenty of fond memories of Ekpiteta – he was a fan favourite during his time at the club and he’s since made a name for himself in the Championship, proving to be a pivotal part of Blackpool’s Championship side.

Up next for Leyton Orient is a home game v Swindon Town in League Two tomorrow night.

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