Ryan Watson (footballer)

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Ryan Watson
Personal information
Full name Ryan James Watson[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-07) 7 July 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Crewe, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 7
Youth career
–2010 Everton
2010–2011 Wigan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2012Accrington Stanley (loan) 0 (0)
2013–2016 Leicester City 0 (0)
2014Northampton Town (loan) 5 (0)
2015Northampton Town (loan) 15 (0)
2016–2018 Barnet 47 (2)
2018– Milton Keynes Dons 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:00, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Ryan James Watson (born 7 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Milton Keynes Dons.

Career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Watson was in the academy at Everton.[3] Before leaving the club to join Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Watson then joined Wigan Athletic. He turned professional in 2011, and played for the Wigan Athletic Development Squad in the 2011–12 season.[4]

On 10 August 2012 Watson joined Football League Two side Accrington Stanley F.C. on loan until January 2013.[5] Watson made his professional debut for Accrington Stanley against Morecambe on 4 September 2012 in the Football League Trophy.[6] He returned early from his loan spell on 13 September 2012.[7]

In the summer of 2013, Watson was among ten players to be released by the club.[8]

Leicester City[edit]

Having featured in all four of Leicester's Barclays Under-21 Premier League matches on trial and impressing both in central midfield and at right-back, Ryan signed for the remainder of the 2013–14 season as part of Leicester City's Development Squad.[9] The next year, Watson signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him until 2016.[10]

Watson made his Leicester City debut, making his first start in the 0–1 defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup 2nd round on 26 August 2014.[11] On 1 September 2014, Watson joined League Two side Northampton Town on loan until the start of January.[12] Watson made his debut in the 2–0 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge on 6 September 2014.[13] Having made 5 appearances for Northampton, Watson returned to Leicester City on 2 October 2014 after picking up a cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out beyond the end of his loan period.[14]

On 20 August 2015, after recovering from his cruciate ligament injury, Watson re-joined League Two side Northampton Town on loan until 3 January.[15] Watson re-debut his Northampton Town for the second time two days later, playing 90 minutes in a 2–0 loss against Plymouth Argyle.[16] Nine days later, on 1 September 2015, Watson scored his first professional goal in the first round of Football League Trophy, in a 3–2 win over Colchester United.[17] After making fifteen appearance for the club, Watson's loan spell at Northampton Town came to an end and returned to his parent club.[18]

After returning to his parent club, Watson made his return in the club's reserve, where he captained the side, in a 1–1 draw against Middlesbrough U21.[19] After appearing in number of games for the club's reserve for the reminder of the season, it was announced that Watson was among seven players listed to be released by the club.[20]

Barnet[edit]

On 1 July 2016, Watson joined Barnet,[21] After two seasons with the club, Watson was released at the end of the 2017–18 season having scored two goals in 52 appearances.[22]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 20 June 2018, Watson joined League Two club Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year deal effective from 1 July 2018.[23] He scored his first goal for the club on 14 August 2018, in a 3-0 EFL Cup first round home win over Charlton Athletic.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wigan Athletic 2011–12[25] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[26] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2012–13[26] League Two 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Leicester City 2013–14[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2015–16[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2014–15[28] League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2015–16[29] League Two 11 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 15 1
Total 16 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 20 1
Barnet 2016–17[30] League Two 19 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 22 1
2017–18[31] League Two 28 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 30 1
Total 47 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 52 2
Milton Keynes Dons 2018–19[32] League Two 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 7 1
Career total 67 2 3 0 5 1 6 1 81 4
  1. ^ Includes appearances in EFL Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2012 and 31/07/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Ryan Watson". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2014. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Ryan Watson". Wigan Athletic Football Club. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wigan Athletic's Ryan Watson joins Accrington Stanley on loan". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Accrington Stanley 0–2 Morecambe". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Watson makes his Latics return". Sky Sports. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Several stars set for Latics departure". Wigan Today. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "U21s Strengthened By Watson Signing". Leicester City F.C. 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Development Trio Sign Contract Extensions". Leicester City F.C. 27 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Leicester City 0 – 1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Youngster Watson Joins Northampton On Loan". Leicester City F.C. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2". Northampton Town F.C. 6 September 2014. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "RYAN WATSON RETURNS TO LEICESTER FOR TREATMENT ON CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURY". Northampton Town F.C. 2 October 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson joins Northampton Town on loan". Sky Sports. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Northampton Town 0–2 Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3 COLCHESTER UNITED 2". Northampton Town F.C. 1 September 2015. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "RYAN WATSON AND DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN RETURN TO PARENT CLUBS AT CONCLUSION OF LOAN SPELLS". Northampton Town F.C. 5 January 2016. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "U21s Report: Leicester City 1 Middlesbrough 1". Leicester City F.C. 25 January 2016. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Leicester City offer Wasilewski one-year deal, as Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Panayiotou released". Leicester Mercury. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ryan Watson arrives at The Hive!". Barnet F.C. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "John Akinde: Barnet put striker on transfer list after relegation to National League". BBC Sport. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  23. ^ "Ryan Watson: MK Dons sign Barnet midfielder on one-year contract". BBC Sport. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  24. ^ "Carabao Cup: Milton Keynes Dons 3-0 Charlton Athletic". BBC Sport. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Ryan Watson in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 

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