Ledson loan extended until May

by | 06/04/2016  17 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ryan Ledson will remain with Cambridge United until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old has been with the Us since November gaining valuable first-team experience in League Two and has had loan spell there extended again.

Ledson, who has made 22 appearances so far this season, will help Cambridge in their push for a playoff place.  

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Colin Williams
1 Posted 06/04/2016 at 19:33:11
Well done lad, keep playing and keep developing. Real high hopes for you. Hope you have a good taste of the championship next season. Then hopefully A much bigger stage!!! Keep leading by example! Your that type of guy!!!
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 06/04/2016 at 20:41:02
Anyone know what position he's been playing? I have to agree with what the kid says though, because 22 games in league two, is very good going for a young kid, in this day and age. Especially if he's been playing as a central midfield player.
Anthony Dwyer
3 Posted 07/04/2016 at 00:33:16
We have a few lads out on loan, it would be great if one or two of them could replace some of the aging players who are out of contract at the end of the season.

Ledson could easily fill Gibson's roll of 5 half games during next season, whilst Keiran Dowell should do a similar thing in Osman's absence. Brewster maybe around to warm Kone's seat on the bench, coming on for 10-minute cameos.

This would bolster the numbers and allow bigger sums of money for key areas such as goalkeeper and left midfield.

The only other thing is though, is maybe the lads may suit being out on loan again, this time going up a division to test there metal.

Either way, Ledson and the lads are getting invaluable experience whilst playing competitive football out on loan.

Thomas Surgenor
4 Posted 07/04/2016 at 11:23:06
Has anyone ever done the rounds of those clubs forums? Be interesting to see what other fans think of our loan players.
Trevor Lynes
5 Posted 07/04/2016 at 11:40:19
League 2 is virtually non league.

Perhaps he has found his level!

Peter Gorman
6 Posted 08/04/2016 at 01:17:14
No idea what the fans think of him but here is their manager Shaun Derry's take;

"They've (Everton) got him as their player and we're only borrowing him, but he's been a good player for us, he really has.

"He's been a huge player for us, not just on the football field but in the training environment and in the community as well.

"He's really embraced what Cambridge United is all about and he's become one of our own, really, and that's great when you're talking about loan players coming from a huge football club.

"His performances have been at such a level that I think he wants to stay here as well. He's enjoying playing for us."

Peter Gorman
7 Posted 08/04/2016 at 01:30:21
And for the record, here is what Yeovil have to say about Liam Walsh;

Manager, Darren May: "I think he has made a great impact on the football club as a whole and shows a tenacity about him,"

"...moving to Yeovil when you've been at a Premier League club can be a shock, but he has carried his responsibility like a man and credit to him."

Midfielder Matty Dolan: "He has been a credit to himself since he came in. Yeovil have given him the experience and he is repaying that with his performances."

"He's a top quality player and is really highly thought of at Everton."

Source - Western Gazzette

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 08/04/2016 at 01:40:59
Ledson should apologize for playing well cause it might be interpreted that's he's playing well at Cambridge cause there's better chemistry than at Everton.
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 08/04/2016 at 09:18:16
Trevor (5) if Ryan Ledson has found his level in League two, it must be a lot higher than you perceive it to be.

Ryan is still only 18, is going to be a very good player, has a good football brain and will continue to improve because it's in his make up. Not only does he want to be footballer at the top level, he has the desire to take him there.

Keep on working and learning, Ryan, I can see you becoming a top player at Everton, along with Liam Walsh and Jonjoe Kenny, they all have the grit and nouse to make it.

Fran Mitchell
10 Posted 08/04/2016 at 10:33:24
I don't agree that the natural progression for him should be a loan move to championship level.

Now he's had a good run of games under his belt, I'd recommend two possible options for next season: stay at Cambridge for a full season or enter the first team squad at Everton (with many old guys on the way out, there should be space in the squad). The latter only valid if he will be trusted with adequate game-time (10-15 games minimum).

Alex Fox
11 Posted 08/04/2016 at 11:59:01
Ledson has had a decent spell at Cambridge. Their fans have been won over by his work-rate and determination, even if he apparently has a tendency to look for the impossible Hollywood pass. Far from the finished article but a good learning experience all round. As Anthony (3) says; it would be good to see him take Gibbo's spot when he presumably leaves in the summer.

It's Liam Walsh, down at the other end of League 2 with Yeovil, who has really impressed however. He's been instrumental in dragging them out of trouble, is already a huge fan-favourite, and was featuring regularly in the League's Team of the Week before a silly straight red a couple of games back. Looks like a real creative talent.

Conor McAleney has chipped in with some excellent goals over at Wigan. Make or break time for him this summer.

Jonjoe Kenny's made a good impression out on loan too. Sounds like a walking yellow card, but few wingers come out on top against him.

The less said about Garbutt's time at Fulham, the better. Been a difficult year for the youngster, and probably made more frustrating by the thought that given Everton's injury problems at left back this season, he might well have been giving a long run in our team if he'd stuck around.

Paul Thompson
12 Posted 08/04/2016 at 16:42:14
Thomas (#4). There is a continually updated thread on Grand Old Team with news about players on loan


The updates frequently contain reports from fan forums.

Sam Hoare
13 Posted 08/04/2016 at 17:11:25
I think if the lads are capable then nailing down regular places in Championship teams would be the next step before being unleashed in the Premier League. They may not be ready to do that yet as the quality in the Championship is very decent so perhaps like Fran says they may be better served by going back for a whole year to Cambridge and Yeovil if they have settled well there.

If we could get back talented 19 year olds with 50-odd League One games under their belt then I think that would be very promising.

Richard Ivory
14 Posted 10/04/2016 at 07:00:59
As a season ticket holder at the Abbey, thought I'd post on here the general opinion about Ryan Ledson.

He's been a good player for us in a midfield partnership with James Dunne and was missed over Easter when away with England.

He's been unlucky not to have won a few man of the match awards and his general play and attitude has been good to see from a young Premier League team player.

He looks like he's enjoying playing here and isn't afraid of a tackle and the rougher nature of League 2 football.

He will stand up for himself against older, bigger and more experienced players, which he did yesterday against Newport's Alec Rodman.

You have a good player in Ryan who could easily be in your first team squad next season and it's been a pleasure to see him play!

We will have to look hard to replace him next season, unless you let us loan him again.
Ray Roche
15 Posted 10/04/2016 at 09:49:07
Peter#6,7 and Richard#14, thanks for the updates. Good to hear our younger players are setting a good example and representing the club in the right way.
Richard Ivory
16 Posted 10/04/2016 at 18:27:49
Your Liam Walsh got his red in front of me at the Abbey. Was a red as he raised his hands after getting wound up by Dunne after fouling Dunne. At 18 he'll learn though.

As I said before Ledson had same at Newport and walked away smiling, Rodman talked to Ledson not!

Ledson sometimes sees passes League 2 players don't always read, so not really Hollywood passes in that sense!
Thomas Surgenor
17 Posted 11/04/2016 at 16:16:36
Paul (#12) – Thanks for the heads up on that thread.

Makes very interesting reading and looks like a lot of effort is put into it.

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