Jazz Richards

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Jazz Richards
Jazz Richards 2016.jpg
Richards playing for Cardiff City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Ashley Darel Jazz Richards[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Full back / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2007 Cardiff City
2007–2009 Swansea City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2015 Swansea City 39 (0)
2013 Crystal Palace (loan) 11 (0)
2013 Huddersfield Town (loan) 9 (0)
2015 Fulham (loan) 14 (0)
2015–2016 Fulham 22 (0)
2016– Cardiff City 8 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Wales U17 10 (0)
2008–2009 Wales U19 11 (0)
2009–2012 Wales U21 15 (0)
2012– Wales 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 27 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:00, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

Ashley Darel Jazz Richards (born 12 April 1991) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Championship club Cardiff City. He is also capable of playing at left-back and as a midfielder.

He made his senior debut for hometown club Swansea City in 2009, and totalled 51 official games for the club, including matches in the Premier League. He also had loans at Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Fulham, before joining the latter for an undisclosed fee in 2015.

Richards made his full international debut for Wales in 2012, and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

Richards playing for Swansea City in 2013.

Born in Swansea, Wales, Richards was a product of local schools football before joining Cardiff City Academy and was then released after two seasons before joining Swansea City Academy at fifteen.[3][4] Richards initially started out as a midfielder but changed to defender, a position he played today, by then-Manager Roberto Martínez, due to increase competitiveness of midfielders in the first team at the time[5] and revealed he earned £60 a week while on a scholarship.[6]

After spending two seasons at the academy and reserve,[3] Richards made his professional debut for Swansea City in a Championship match against Middlesbrough in the 3–0 loss on 15 August 2009, replacing Shaun MacDonald as a substitute in the 63rd minute.[7][8] At the end of the 2009–10 season where Richards made 15 appearances, he signed a new two-year deal with Swansea City.[9]

In the 2010-11 season saw Richards spent the most of the season on the substitute bench until he made his first appearance of the season, in a 2-1 loss against Leicester City on 3 January 2011.[10] It came after when Swansea City began to have defensive crisis following the players' injuries.[11] Throughout January and February, Richards was given a handful of first team opportunities until he lost his first team place for the remainder of the season following the return of Àngel Rangel.[12] Though he finished the 2010-11 season, making eight appearance, Swansea went on become the first Welsh team ever to gain promotion to the Premier League.

After appearing on the substitute bench for several matches at the start of the season, Richards made his Premier League debut, where he came on as a substitute for Neil Taylor in the 74th minutes, in a 3-1 win over Norwich City on 15 October 2011.[13] Twelve days later, he was rewarded with a new 18-month contract.[14] Richards then made his first start for the club, playing in the right-back position, in a 4-2 loss against Blackburn Rovers on 3 December 2011.[15] As the 2011-12 season progressed, Richards was sent to play in the reserves for the rest of the season, in which he stated he didn't mind playing in the reserve because he wanted to regain his fitness.[16] Despite this, Richards finished the 2011-12 season, making 8 appearance.

However, in the 2012-13 season, Richards struggled to compete in the first team with Rangel over the right-back position.[17] Because of this, Richards wanted to leave the club on loan to gain first team football[18] and it wasn't until on 25 January 2013, he joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.[19] Richards made his debut for the club five days later, on 30 January 2013 in a 1-0 loss against Huddersfield Town.[20] In the next game, on 2 February 2013, Richards provided an assist for Glenn Murray to score the brace and it turned out to be a winning goal, as they beat rivals, Charlton Athletic.[21] This was followed up in the next game on 8 February 2013 against Watford when Richards provided assist again for Kevin Phillips to score an equaliser, in a 2-2 draw.[22] While on loan, it was announced on 28 March, Richards signed a new contract with Swansea City until June 2016.[23] Richards went on to make 11 appearance and appeared as an unused substitute in the Championship play-off final, as they beat Watford 1-0 to achieve promotion to the Premier League.

In the 2013-14 season, Richards made his first appearance of the season, where he made his first start of the season, in the second leg of the Europa League Qualifers, in a 0-0 draw against Malmö to send through to the next round after Swansea City beat them 4-0 in the first leg.[24] On 10 September 2013, Richards joined Championship side Huddersfield Town on a 93-day emergency loan.[25] After not being able to get international clearance from FIFA in time to play against Doncaster Rovers on 14 September,[26] he made his Town début as a substitute in the 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic on 17 September 2013.[27] His loan spell ended on 17 December, after 9 appearances for the Terriers.[28] Following his return from a loan spell, Richards didn't make his first appearance until on 16 February 2014 when he made appeared in the first team, playing 90 minutes, in a 3-1 loss against Everton in the last-16 of the FA Cup.[29]

In the 2014-15 season, Richards made his first appearance of the season, where he made his first start of the season, in the first round of the League Cup, in a 1-0 win over Rotherham United on 26 August 2014.[30] Richards made his first Premier League appearance in two years, where he came on as a substitute in the 82nd minutes, in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland on 27 September 2014.[31] Following this, Richards was a handful of first team appearances throughout 2014 despite struggling to compete with Rangel and his own injury concern.[32][33][34] In a 2-1 loss match against Tottenham Hotspur on 14 December 2014, Richards was at fault when he made an error, leading to Christian Eriksen scoring the winning goal.[35] After the match, Richards made an apology to Swansea City supporters for his error.[36] Though he apologised, Richards, however, became a victim of abuse via Twitter by Swansea City supporters.[37] Weeks later in the third round of FA Cup on 3 January 2015, Richards set up a goal for Bafétimbi Gomis to score his second goal of the game, in a 6-2 win over Tranmere Rovers.[38] Following his return from a loan spell at Fulham, Richards made a handful of first team appearance towards the end of the season when he came on as a substitute in the 60th minutes, in a 1-0 win over Arsenal,[39] followed up by providing an assist for Gomis, in a 4-2 loss against Manchester City.[40] Richards later finished the 2014-15 season, making 13 appearance in all competitions.

Fulham[edit]

On 24 January 2015, Richards joined Football League Championship side Fulham on a one-month loan.[41] Richards made his Fulham debut on 31 January 2015, where he made his first start, in a 2-1 loss against Blackburn Rovers.[42] Having 5 appearance so far, Richards had his loan spell with Fulham extended until the end of the season.[43] Richards went on to make 14 appearances for the Cottagers.

Having previously stated his future at Swansea City continued to be in doubt,[44] Fulham had their bid accepted for Richards to sign him permanently,[45] with Richards, himself, stated the move could happen.[46] With the move appeared to be stalling,[47] the move, however, was confirmed on 2 July 2015, signing a three-year deal with the option of a fourth, for an undisclosed fee.[48]

Richards' first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis came in the opening game of the season, in a 1–1 draw against Cardiff City.[49] Richards then set up a goal for Lasse Vigen Christensen, in a 3-2 loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 12 January 2016.[50] However, Richards' season was soon marked with injuries.[51][52] Despite this, Richards' finished his first full season at Fulham, making 22 appearance.

However, ahead of the 2016-17 season, Richards was expected to lose his first team place at Fulham, with Manager Slaviša Jokanović prefer Ryan Fredericks in the right-back position.[53] As a result, Fulham accepted a bid from Cardiff City for Richards.[54]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 19 July 2016, Richards joined Championship club Cardiff City on a three-year-deal in a swap move which saw Scott Malone join Fulham.[55] Upon joining the club, Wales Online believed Cardiff City signing Richards can help him fit in the starting eleven at the club.[56]

He made his debut in a goalless draw at Birmingham City, where he became embroiled in controversy after reportedly refusing to do Cardiff's traditional ayatollah gesture several times at the game.[57]

International career[edit]

Richards represented Wales under-17 and Wales under-19.[2] He was called up to the under-21 squad to face Luxembourg in March 2009.[2]

On 27 May 2012, he gained his first full international cap for Wales in their 2–0 friendly loss to Mexico in New Jersey, replacing Neil Taylor for the last ten minutes.[58]

Wales qualified for Euro 2016 and Richards was called up into the final 23 squad.[59] He played his only game in the tournament in the opening game against Slovakia, Wales reached the semi-finals losing out to Portugal.[60]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2016
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Swansea City 2009–10 Championship 15 0 15 0
2010–11 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2011–12 Premier League 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 0
2013–14 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2014–15 10 0 1 0 2 0 13 0
Total 39 0 5 0 6 0 1 0 51 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2012–13 Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2013–14 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Fulham (loan) 2014–15 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Fulham 2015–16 22 0 1 0 3 0 26 0
Total 36 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 40 0
Cardiff City 2016–17 Championship 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 103 0 6 0 10 0 1 0 120 0

Personal life[edit]

Richards' family come from a sporting background, with his cousin, Eli Walker, is a rugby union player, and Tobias Webb, is a super-middleweight champion boxer.[61]

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