Ben Reeves

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Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves MK Dons 2013.jpg
Reeves training with Milton Keynes Dons in 2013
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Neil Reeves[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Verwood, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 10
Youth career
2001–2011 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Southampton 5 (0)
2012 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Southend United (loan) 6 (1)
2013 Southend United (loan) 4 (0)
2013– Milton Keynes Dons 110 (24)
National team
2014– Northern Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:41, 30 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2014

Benjamin Neil "Ben" Reeves (born 19 November 1991) is a Northern Ireland international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milton Keynes Dons.

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Having started out in the youth team as a left back, he was later converted into an attacking midfielder. On 5 April 2011, Reeves signed his first professional contract on a two-year deal.[2]

On 21 September 2011, he made his debut for Southampton, playing the full 90 minutes in the League Cup third round match against Preston North End. He set up the first goal in a 2–1 win.[3] At the start of the 2012–13 season, Reeves scored his first goal for Southampton against Stevenage in the League Cup on 28 August 2012.[4] He made his Premier League debut as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park on 29 September.[5]

On 4 June 2013, at the end of the 2012–13 season, Reeves was released by Southampton.[6]

Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)[edit]

He joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a month's loan on 23 February 2012,[7] making his debut for the club two days later, in a 0–0 draw against Plymouth Argyle.[8] Reeves made five appearances before returning to his parent club.[9]

Southend (loan)[edit]

After six first-team appearances for the Saints in 2012–13, on 31 January 2013 Reeves joined Southend United on loan for a month.[9][10] He scored his first goal for the club on 12 February, in a 2–1 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town.[11] Eight days later, Reeves scored his second goal for the club, in the last minutes of the Football League Trophy Southern Area Final, as Southend beat Leyton Orient 3–2 on aggregate, to send the club to the final.[12]

On 15 March 2013, it was announced that Reeves had re-joined Southend United on loan, until the end of the season, in his second spell at the club.[13] Reeves played his first match in his second loan spell, providing an assist for Freddy Eastwood, in a 1–1 draw against Torquay United.[14] Reeves played in the final of the Football League Trophy against Crewe, where he came on as a substitute for Bilel Mohsni in the 57th minutes, as Southend lost 2–0.[15]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 13 July 2013, Reeves signed for Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year contract.[16]

2013–14 season[edit]

After appearing on the bench in the opening game of the season against Shrewsbury Town, Reeves scored on his debut in the first round of the League Cup, with a 2–1 victory over Northampton Town.[17] Three days later, Reeves made his league debut for the club, playing as a left-back, in a 1–0 win over Crewe.[18] After appearing on the bench throughout August and September, Reeves played in an unusual position as a striker when he scored his league goal of the season, in a 3–2 win over Rotherham United on 19 October 2013.[19] December saw Reeves scored three against Dover Athletic in the second league round of FA Cup[20] and then followed up, scoring two league goals against Wolves[21] and Port Vale.[22] January then saw Reeves scored three goals, including twice against Wigan Athletic[23] and Bristol City.[24] Reeves later scored two league goals in February against Walsall[25] and Oldham Athletic[26] Unfortunately, Reeves suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for two games[27] and scored on his return from injury, in a 1–0 win over Stevenage on 22 March 2014 (which later earned him award for March’s Goal of the Month).[28][29] However, his return was short-lived when he suffered ankle ligament damage that saw him out for the reminder of 2013–14 season.[30]

Despite this, Reeves won four award (includes Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, MKDSA Player of the Year and Goal of the Year) at the club's award ceremony,[31] as well as, included for the LKO Team of the Season.[32] Not only that, the club opted to take up their option of a contract extension that would ensure Reeves remained under contract for the 2014–15 season.[33] Reeves finished his first season at Milton Keynes Dons, making thirty-five appearance and scoring eleven times in all competitions.

2014–15 season[edit]

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Reeves returned from injury and resumed pre-season training.[34] At the beginning of July, Reeves signed a contract extension, keeping him at the Dons until 2016.[35]

It took until 13 September 2014 for Reeves score his first goal of the 2014–15 season, in a 5–3 win over Barnsley,[36] which he followed up by scoring seven days later, in a 6–1 win over Crewe.[37] His third goal later came on 29 November 2014, in a 6–0 win over Colchester United.[38] Reeves was out throughout December when he suffered a hamstring injury.[39]

After appearing two games in mid-January, Reeves was again out injured but returned from the sidelines to score in a 4–2 win over Gillingham on 14 February 2015,[40] followed up scoring twice seven days later, in a 3–0 win over Peterborough United, which earned him Man of the Match award for his good performance.[41][42] Then on 17 March 2015, Reeves scored his seventh goal of the season, in a 3–1 win over Oldham Athletic.[43]

However, Reeves suffered a calf problem while on international duty, resulting in him initially being ruled out for the remainder of the 2014–15 season.[44] Despite this, Reeves returned to full training in early-May,[45] and made his return to the first team, where he came on as a substitute for Samir Carruthers in the 73rd minutes, and set up the fifth goal for Dean Lewington, in a 5–1 win over Yeovil Town on the final day of the season to earn their first promotion to the Championship.[46] His second season saw Reeves make thirty-six appearances and score seven times in all competitions.

2015–16 season[edit]

Reeves played his first Championship game in the opening match of the 2015–16 season, where he set up a goal for Dean Bowditch, in a 4–1 win over Rotherham United.[47] Three days after that, Reeves signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him at the Dons until 2017.[48] However, on 21 August, Reeves suffered a hamstring injury, which he sustained during a match against Preston North End which ruled him out for a month.[49]

He made his return to the side on 19 September when he came on as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat by Leeds United.[50] Reeves scored twice against Blackburn Rovers on 17 October, helping his team to a 3–0 victory, their first in the league since mid-August.[51]

International career[edit]

Reeves received his first international call-up for Northern Ireland in February 2014, qualifying as his grandparents hail from Fermanagh.[52] He made his debut on 14 October 2014, when he came on as a substitute in a Euro 2016 qualifier match against Greece,[53] described as "a high-pressure debut".[54]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 April 2017[55]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 2011–12 Championship 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
2012–13 Premier League 3 0 0 0 5 1 8 1
Total 5 0 3 0 5 1 13 1
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 2011–12 League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Southend United (loan) 2012–13 League Two 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 13 2
Total 15 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 18 2
Milton Keynes Dons 2013–14 League One 28 7 3 3 2 1 2 0 35 11
2014–15 League One 30 7 2 0 4 0 0 0 36 7
2015–16 Championship 18 3 2 1 2 0 22 4
2016–17 League One 30 5 4 2 1 0 3 1 38 8
Total 106 22 11 6 9 1 4 1 131 30
Career total 126 23 14 6 14 2 7 2 162 33

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons

Individual[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons
  • Player of the Year: 2013–14[56]

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