Samir Badre Carruthers (born 4 April 1993) is a footballer who plays as a winger for Milton Keynes Dons on loan from Aston Villa, and is a Republic of Ireland under-21 international.
Born in Brent, London, Carruthers was playing football local to his hometown of Hatfield, Hertfordshire when he was signed by Cambridge Uniteds under-10 side.He trained frequently with Manchester United, but when Cambridge United abandoned their youth team set-up he signed for Arsenal, the team he supported as a child. He went on to represent Arsenal at under-18 level and captained the clubs under-16 side. However, in 2009 Carruthers rejected offers from Fulham and Arsenal in favour of a move to Aston Villa.
Carruthers signed for Aston Villa in June 2009. He made his name playing for the clubs reserve and academy sides as an attacking midfielder and winger. Following a number of injuries to Alex McLeishs first team squad in the latter stages of the 2011–12 season, the young midfielder was brought in to train with the first team on a number of occasions.
Carruthers made his first-team debut as late substitute in Villas 1–1 Premier League draw at Liverpool on 7 April 2012.
On 1 April 2013, Carruthers captained Aston Villas youth squad to the final of the NextGen Series where they beat Chelsea 2–0, at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia, in Como, Italy.
MK Dons (loan)
Carruthers was sent out on loan to League One side Milton Keynes Dons on 10 August 2013 on a youth loan until 4 January 2014.He made his debut against Preston North End on 17 August. Coming on as a substitute in the 56th minute, Carruthers won a penalty, which was in turn converted by Shaun Williams, leveling the score at 2–2.A week later Carruthers scored within 15 minutes of coming on as a substitute against Bristol City, beautifully stroking a left footed effort into the top corner to earn another 2–2 draw.
Carruthers is of Irish, Italian and Moroccan descent and is eligible to play for Italy, Morocco, England and the Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandparents. In 2011 he made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U19 team. On 10 September 2012 Carruthers made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U21 team away to Italy.