I wondered whether I’d posted too early on the subject of Ryan Bertrand – but it turns out it was right, because he’s signed a six month loan agreement today, which is also his 21st birthday. Despite his tender years, he’s had plenty of experience at this level and in League One with long term loan spells at Norwich and Reading in the past. And he makes a most welcome addition to the mighty Reds squad.
He’s recently graduated from the England U19 side to be included in the U21s under Stuart Pearce, and Reds fans will be pleased to know his single solitary professional goal came against Derby when he was at Reading. Indeed, more pleasing is that it was the game where Savage had ended up in goal for the Rams!
He was converted from playing on the wing when younger, so whilst obviously his principle job is defending he’s known for his ability to get forward and support the attackers – which, given our typically narrow midfield formations, will be something that we would need ideally in any fullback – something Gunter does very well. I’m really rather excited by this news, hopefully the six months is precautionary to give Chelsea an option to look at their 25 man squad in the window and hopefully extend the deal.
Welcome aboard, Ryan! In being handed the number 3 shirt, I’m hoping you can do it justice!
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