ON Tuesday, Elkan Baggott made his debut for Ipswich Town in the EFL Trophy against Gillingham.
The 17-year-old featured in a team of youngsters, standing out in defence as the League One side ran out 2-0 victors.
And that would’ve, no doubt, filled his social media followers with joy.
Unbelievably, despite being a relative unknown, Baggott NEARLY has as many Instagram followers as his club!
Also, if you combine all the Instagram followers the usual staring eleven for The Blues has, it still wouldn’t reach Baggott’s count of 56,000.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Last year, when Baggot signed scholarship terms with Ipswich, his social media blew up.
All of a sudden, thousands of Indonesians began following the talent on social media.
Why? Baggot, who was born in Bangkok, has an English father and an Indonesian mother.
It’s the latter heritage he has embraced, representing Indonesia at U19 level.
Having been brought up in the country, it’s who Baggot feels most loyal too.
Football-mad Indonesians are also keen to see how their new favourite footballer is faring in English football.
Which is why he has built a strong-arm of 56,000 followers – more than double that Ipswich’s most popular star on Instagram James Norwood, who has 18,000.
Ipswich Town have 75,000 followers themselves.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIT
Many of Baggott’s posts are liked over 10,000 times.
And when it became evident he was going to make his Ipswich Town well-wishers from across the globe wished him well.
But Baggott isn’t just popular on Instagram. On YouTube he’s getting plenty of traction too.
A number of videos featuring the teen’s talents and viewed (in some cases) hundreds of thousands of times.
However, it was an exclusive chat with the Indonesian FA that proved to be the most popular.
So far, that has been viewed unbelievably over a million times.
Should be become a full international, expect his social media numbers to swell even further.
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