Former Everton man Ryan Ledson has made the move to Preston North End and becomes the club’s first signing of the transfer window.
The Oxford midfielder has joined the Lilywhites for an undisclosed fee and joins on a three-year deal.
The 20-year old has impressed in League 1 for Oxford and it’s these performances that have influenced the club and Alex Neil’s decision to sign him.
So, for PNE fans, here is a player profile on the new signing:
Firstly, the player’s main position is in the centre of midfield – a position already occupied by Ben Pearson. Reports suggested he could be on his way out of the club with Ledson as his replacement.
However, the 20-year old is likely to link up with Pearson instead, with those reports having been rubbished by the club.
Both of the players do have a similar style of play. Both are believed to have an eye for a tackle and both can control the play with their range of passing. Furthermore, Ledson, like Pearson, can play either in the centre of the midfield or as more of a defensive midfielder.
During his playing time for Oxford, he featured in 80 games for the League 1 side, banging in 4 goals and also claiming himself five assists. He put in a number of superb performances for the club, even winning the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the 2017/18 season and also the Young Player of the Year award.
Ledson also played for Cambridge United but started his playing career at Everton. Featuring just once for the first-team, he spent most of his time playing for the club’s Under-23 side before making the move to Oxford United.
Furthermore, Ledson has played for his country (England) at Under-16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 levels – showing that he’s clearly a talented player.
Ledson is a top signing for Preston and he’ll add to a midfield that already boasts a wealth of talent.
The young midfielder shall certainly be hoping that he can help his new side to push on and potentially break into the the top six and the play-offs after finishing in seventh place, just below the play-off places during the club’s 2017/18 season.