Jordon Mutch

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Jordon Mutch
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Mutch in pre-season with Birmingham City in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jordon James Edward Sydney Mutch[1]
Date of birth (1991-12-02) 2 December 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Alvaston, Derby, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 17
Youth career
0000–2007 Derby County
2007–2008 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Birmingham City 24 (2)
2009–2010 Hereford United (loan) 3 (0)
2010 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 17 (2)
2010–2011 Watford (loan) 23 (5)
2012–2014 Cardiff City 53 (7)
2014– Queens Park Rangers 6 (0)
National team
2007–2008 England U17 6 (0)
2010 England U19 1 (0)
2011 England U20 1 (0)
2011 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jordon James Edward Sydney Mutch (born 2 December 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a midfielder.

Mutch joined Birmingham City in 2007 from Derby County's youth system. He made his competitive debut for the club in the League Cup in August 2008, and his first appearance in the Football League while on loan to Hereford United the following year. He also spent loan spells in the Championship with Doncaster Rovers and Watford, and became a first-team regular for Birmingham, before leaving for Cardiff City in 2012. He has represented his country at levels from under-17 to under-21.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Mutch, from Alvaston, Derby, began his football career in Derby County's youth system, where he spent five years working under Academy director Terry Westley. In the summer of 2007, Mutch decided to leave Derby, choosing to rejoin Westley, by then Academy director at Birmingham City, despite competition from clubs including Liverpool and Aston Villa. Because of the player's youth, no transfer fee was payable, but a compensation package was agreed with Derby for his services.[3]

While still a schoolboy, aged 15 years 298 days, Mutch was selected in the 16-man squad for Birmingham's League Cup third-round match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in September 2007. The Premier League confirmed that match rules permitted selection of a player of that age, but changed their minds only hours before the match after becoming aware of the Football Association's Child Protection regulations which specified a minimum age of 16 for players in open-age football.[4] Reserve player David Howland, who was not registered with a Premier League squad number, had to travel to Blackburn at the last minute with special dispensation to take Mutch's place on the bench wearing an unnumbered shirt.[5]

Birmingham City[edit]

Mutch was named on the bench for the January 2008 third-round FA Cup tie at Huddersfield Town, aged 16 years 34 days. Had he entered the game he would have broken Trevor Francis's record as the youngest player to make a competitive first-team appearance for the club; however the team struggled and manager Alex McLeish felt unable to give him his debut.[6]

During the 2007–08 season Mutch made more appearances for the reserve team than any other outfield player, as well as playing 14 games for the under-18 side,[7] and was voted Academy Player of the Season.[8] He was in the starting eleven for the Birmingham Senior Cup 5–0 victory over Burton Albion; though nominally a reserve team several first-team players were included.[9]

Mutch in 2008 pre-season

In the build-up to the 2008–09 season, Mutch was part of the first-team squad and, together with fellow youngsters Jared Wilson and Sone Aluko, went on the club's pre-season tour to Austria,[10] where his performances were remarked on favourably by other players.[11] He was included in the starting eleven in pre-season domestic friendlies, but McLeish was reluctant to push him into first-team football at Championship level before he was ready.[12]

Mutch finally made his first-team debut as a half-time replacement for Gary McSheffrey in the second-round League Cup defeat at Southampton on 26 August 2008, thus becoming, at 16 years 268 days, Birmingham's second-youngest debutant of all time, after Trevor Francis.[13]

In October 2008, Mutch was ordered to take a period of complete rest because his rapid rate of growth had placed excessive strain on the growth plates in his legs.[2] Rest and surgery corrected the problem, which had caused fractures in both feet, and Mutch accepted the offer of a first professional contract in April 2009.[14]

Mutch joined Hereford United of League Two on 26 November 2009 on a Football League Youth Loan, an arrangement which allowed the player to appear for Birmingham's reserve and youth teams on days when Hereford have no fixture. The loan ran until 2 January 2010.[15] He went straight into the starting eleven for Hereford's second round FA Cup match, at home to Colchester United two days later, and played the whole of the game, which Hereford lost to a stoppage-time goal.[16] Mutch made his debut in the Football League on 1 December, in a 3–1 win away against Northampton Town; his free-kick was parried by Northampton's goalkeeper to set up a goal for Mathieu Manset.[17]

On 25 January 2010, Mutch joined Doncaster Rovers of the Championship, also on a month's Football League youth loan.[18] He made his debut the next day as a second-half substitute in the 4–1 home defeat against Middlesbrough; he scored from a "stunning 25-yard shot" to give his new club a consolation.[19] The loan was eventually extended to the end of the season.[20]

After being given a first-team squad number by Birmingham for the 2010–11 season, Mutch joined Championship club Watford on a month's Football League youth loan,[21] later extended until January 2011.[22] Though Watford manager Malky Mackay was keen for Mutch to remain with the club, he was recalled to Birmingham in January, having scored five goals from 23 League matches.[23]

Mutch's first start came in "an experimental Birmingham line-up" in the third-round FA Cup-tie at Millwall;he played the full 90 minutes in a 4–1 win.[24] He made his Premier League debut on 22 January 2011, replacing the rested Craig Gardner ahead of the League Cup semi-final second leg, and again played the whole match as Birmingham lost 5–0 at Manchester United.[25] His England under-20 debut came in February, in a friendly defeat to their French counterparts.[26] A few days later, he signed a three-year extension to his contract, which had been due to expire at the end of the season.[27] His second Premier League match, at Everton in March, was eventful. With Gardner, Barry Ferguson and Keith Fahey all injured, Mutch started the game in central midfield. After 17 minutes, Jean Beausejour opened the scoring with a header from Mutch's lofted cross. When referee Peter Walton attempted to caution the player for a foul on Louis Saha, he found himself without yellow cards, so showed the player an imaginary card instead. Near the end of the game, Mutch threw his body in the way of a Saha shot to prevent Everton taking the lead.[28]

The departure of Gardner, Ferguson, Lee Bowyer and Sebastian Larsson before the 2011–12 season left places available in midfield. Mutch started all four pre-season games, playing alongside one or two of Fahey, Morgaro Gomis and Míchel. New manager Chris Hughton complimented his performances, and suggested he was using those games to establish Mutch's best position: "With Jordon, I think it's determining exactly what player he is. Because of his range of passing he can play a little bit deeper but I think he likes to break forward".[29] He started the first league game of the season, away to Derby County, and took the corner that led to Curtis Davies opening the scoring, but Birmingham went on to lose 2–1.[30] He played once more before sustaining a broken ankle in training that was to keep him out for four months.[31] Though he regained fitness and established himself in midfield, his form suffered and he received a three-match ban after being sent off against Coventry City in March 2012.[32] Hughton described Mutch's first senior goal for Birmingham as a pivotal moment in the league match at Burnley on 3 April; he scored just a minute after Burnley's equaliser when it appeared that their momentum might give them control of the match.[33] His second goal a few days later, a left-footed shot from 25 yards (23 m), opened the scoring in a 3–3 draw against promotion rivals West Ham United,[34] and helped Birmingham qualify for the play-offs, but they lost to Blackpool in the semifinal.[35]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 22 June 2012, with the club managerless, under a transfer embargo, and in financial difficulties, Birmingham sold Mutch to Championship club Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, believed by the Birmingham Mail to be in excess of £1m.[36] According to Birmingham's acting chairman, Peter Pannu, "the deal was deemed a very good one for the club with a substantial up-front payment and a heavy sell-on clause."[37] He signed a three-year contract with Cardiff, where he was reunited with manager Malky Mackay, whom he had impressed while on loan at Watford.[38] He made his debut as a second-half substitute, replacing Joe Mason, in the 2–1 defeat at Northampton Town in the League Cup on 14 August. Mutch was off the field when Northampton scored their winning goal, having fallen foul of the new rule that protective tape had to be the same colour as the socks.[39] He started the first league game of the season, against Huddersfield Town.[40] In mid-September, Mutch suffered a nerve problem in his foot which kept him out for the next two months; he appeared in a development team match on 20 November, and made his first-team comeback against Barnsley four days later.[41] He played regularly until the new year, when the foot problems resurfaced, and he missed a further three months of the season.[42] Mutch started each of Cardiff's final eight league fixtures as they won the divisional title and promotion to the Premier League.[43]

In the 92nd minute of their visit to Fulham on 28 September 2013, Cardiff secured their first top-flight away win since they played the same club in November 1961, courtesy of substitute Mutch, who "swivelled to hit a brilliant 25-yard strike into the top corner".[44]

Queen's Park Rangers[edit]

On 5 August 2014, Mutch transferred to Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £6 million, signing a four-year deal.[45] He made his debut at home to Hull on the opening weekend of the 2014–15 season.[46]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the England under-17 team in July 2007, aged only fifteen-and-a-half, against their Icelandic counterparts.[47]

Called into the England under-19 squad as a late replacement for Tottenham Hotspur's Dean Parrett, Mutch made his debut on 2 March 2010 as a half-time substitute in a friendly against the Netherlands under-19s which finished as a 1–1 draw.[48]

Not included in the England under-21 squad originally selected for two friendlies in March 2011, Mutch was called up as a late replacement for the second match after several players were released to their clubs.[49] He made his debut as an 83rd-minute substitute as England lost 2–1 to their Iceland counterparts.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 April 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2008–09[51] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2009–10[52] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[53] Premier League 3 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
2011–12[35] Championship 21 2 5 0 0 0 1[a] 0 2[b] 0 29 2
Birmingham City total 24 2 8 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 36 2
Hereford United (loan) 2009–10[52] League Two 3 0 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 5 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2009–10[52] Championship 17 2 0 0 17 2
Watford (loan) 2010–11[53] Championship 23 5 0 0 23 5
Cardiff City 2012–13[43] Championship 22 0 0 0 1 0 23 0
2013–14[54] Premier League 31 7 0 0 2 0 33 7
Cardiff City total 53 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 56 7
Career total 120 16 9 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 137 16

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City reserve team

Cardiff City

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