Jordan Stevens


Jordan Harry Stevens is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Leeds United as a midfielder. He can play as a winger or as a centre midfielder.

Jordan Stevens
Stevens after signing for Bradford City in January 2021
Personal information
Full name Jordan Harry Stevens[1]
Date of birth (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Gloucester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Position(s) Winger, Centre Midfield
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 48
Youth career
0000–2017 Forest Green Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Forest Green Rovers 9 (0)
2018– Leeds United 5 (0)
2020–2021Swindon Town (loan) 13 (1)
2021Bradford City (loan) 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:02, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

He previously played for Forest Green Rovers in League Two after coming through their academy.

Career


Forest Green Rovers

Progressing through the ranks at Forest Green Rovers, Stevens signed his first professional contract on 11 September 2017.[4] The following day, he made his debut as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Lincoln City.[5] He made 15 appearances for Forest Green Rovers in all competitions scoring one goal against Cheltenham Town in the FA Trophy on 3 October 2017.[6][7]

Leeds United

On 1 February 2018, Stevens joined Leeds United on an initial two and a half year deal with an optional extra year for an undisclosed fee.[8] As part of the deal to bring Stevens to Leeds, on 31 May 2018, Forest Green Rovers announced a pre-season friendly against Leeds.[9]

He made his first start for Leeds' first team when he played in their pre-season friendly 1–1 draw against York City on 20 July 2018, under new Leeds Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa.[10][11] On 26 July 2018, Stevens was given the number 48 shirt for the upcoming 2018–19 season for Leeds.[12]

He was named in a Leeds first team squad in a competitive game for first time on 6 January 2019 when he was named on the bench, during a 2–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup.[13] He was named on the bench in the following game for the first time in the EFL Championship as an unused substitute in a 2–0 win against Derby County side on 11 January 2019[14] and played his first minutes of Championship football the following week when he came on in the 76th minute for Mateusz Klich in Leeds' 2–1 defeat to Stoke City.[15][16]

Stevens featured as an unused substitute on the bench for the 1st team squad in the Championship on several occasions, but still featured regularly for Carlos Corberán's Leeds United under 23's side over the course the 2018/19 season,[17] that won the PDL Northern League 2018/19 Season by winning the league, they then became the national Professional Development League Champions by beating Birmingham City in the final.[18]

On 13 July 2019, Stevens was one of just 16 players named in Marcelo Bielsa's 1st team squad for Leeds' 2019-20 pre-season tour of Australia for matches against Manchester United and West Sydney Wanderers.[19] He made his second Championship appearance on 21 December 2019, in Leeds' 2–1 defeat at Fulham when he came on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Luke Ayling.[20]

After the English professional football season was paused in March 2020 due to Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football, the season was resumed during June, where Stevens earned promotion with Leeds to the Premier League and also become the EFL Championship Champions for the 2019-20 season in July after the successful resumption of the season.[21]

Swindon Town (loan)

Stevens signed for League One club Swindon Town on a season-long loan on 21 September 2020.[22] Stevens scored on his debut in a 4-2 victory against Burton Albion on 26 September 2020 in League One.[23] He was recalled in January 2021.[24]

Bradford City (loan)

He joined Bradford City of League Two on loan until the end of the season on 8 January 2021.[25]

Style of Play


He is known for his pace and his footwork. Stevens started his career as a centre midfielder at Forest Green, before playing a short spell at right back for Leeds' Under 23's before being converted into a winger under Marcelo Bielsa, with Bielsa proclaiming "He has all the skills needed to play in the attack, he has good quality and speed too.".[26]

Gambling


On 2 August 2019, Stevens was charged with a breach in betting regulations relating to gambling on football matches.[27] He was accused by the Football Association of allegedly placing 59 bets on matches during the 2018/19 season.[28]

Leeds United put out a statement that Stevens would 'accept the charge' and that 'the player fully understands he has made an error'.[29]

On 10 September 2019, Stevens was given a 6-week ban from 'all' football by the FA, including playing, training and communication with the club and his teammates, with Leeds responding by saying 'We are hugely disappointed in the FA's choice of sanction'.[30]

Career statistics


As of 27 February 2021[31]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Forest Green Rovers 2017–18[32] League Two 90300031151
Leeds United 2018–19[33] Championship 10000010
2019–20[34] Championship 40100050
Swindon Town (loan) 2020–21[35] League One 131100020161
Bradford City (loan) 2020–21[35] League Two 8000000080
Career total 351500051452

Honours


Leeds United

References


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  13. "QPR 2–1 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  14. "Leeds United 2 Derby County 0". Leeds United. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  15. "Stoke City 2–1 Leeds United: Potters down Championship leaders to give Nathan Jones first win". BBC Sport. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  16. Mewis, Joe (19 January 2019). "Jansson, Stevens and other talking points from Stoke 2–1 Leeds". LeedsLive. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
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  20. "Fulham 2-1 Leeds United". bbc.co.uk. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
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  22. "STEVENS SIGNS FROM LEEDS ON LOAN". Swindon Town. 21 September 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  23. "MATCH REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 4-2 BURTON ALBION". Swindon Town. 26 September 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  24. "Stevens has Town loan cancelled - Sheridan tells winger to have more fire in his belly". Swindon Advertiser.
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  27. "Leeds United FC's Jordan Stevens has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA's Betting Rules". FA Spokesperson. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  28. "JORDAN STEVENS FA CHARGE". Leeds United Official. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  29. "Jordan Stevens: Leeds United youngster accepts FA betting breach charge". BBC Sport. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  30. "Jordan Stevens: Leeds United midfielder given six-week FA ban for betting rule breaches". BBC Sport. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
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  33. "Games played by Jordan Stevens in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  34. "Games played by Jordan Stevens in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  35. "Games played by Jordan Stevens in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  36. "Leeds United are champions!". Leeds United F.C. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.