Ryan Ledson: Cambridge United loanee enjoying 'week-by-week' improvement

Ryan Ledson
Ryan Ledson was on the bench for Everton's Premier League game against Southampton in April 2014

Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson says he is enjoying his time on loan at League Two side Cambridge United.

The 18-year-old has made 22 appearances for the 12th-placed U's since joining in November.

"I'm only young, I've got no fear," Ledson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "I just want to play as much football as I can.

"Twenty-odd games in League Two is brilliant for me at such a young age. I feel like I'm improving week by week."

Ledson has been with Everton's academy since the age of five, and in 2014 captained England's Under-17 side to European Championship glory in Malta.

He will remain with Cambridge until the end of the season, with the U's five points off the play-off positions, and says he is relishing playing under manager Shaun Derry.

"He [Derry] is a great manager and he's going to have a great career in management," said Ledson, who has appeared for Everton in the Europa League. "He's very approachable, which some managers aren't these days.

"I know he was a tough-tackling midfielder and hopefully that's what I'm like. If I can have half the career he's had I'll be doing well.

"We're five points off the play-offs and no one's talking about us yet, which is nice. I think it is on the cards still. We could go on a late run in these last six games."