Kieran Richardson

Date of Birth: 21 October 1984
Place of Birth: London, England
Nationality: England
Position: Defender/Midfield
Year Signed: 2014
Signed From: Fulham
Fee Paid: Free Transfer

Richardson’s talent as a footballer was recognised at a young age: while captaining his school team he was invited to train with Arsenal.

His professional training began with West Ham United before he was signed by Manchester United in 2001.

In his first season with the The Red Devils, he appeared regularly for the reserve side.

Richardson made his Manchester United début as a late substitute against Olympiacos in the Champions League on 23rd October 2002 and scored his first goal for the club in November of that year against Leicester City in the League Cup.

He broke through to the first team later in that season, appearing nine times and scoring once. He also played a part in Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2002-03.

In January 2005, Richardson went on loan to West Bromwich Albion, where he made an instant impact and helped Bryan Robson’s side fight off the threat of relegation.

Having declined an extension of his loan spell at The Hawthorns, Richardson returned to Old Trafford and fought for a starting place, putting in his best performances when played in midfield.

After a below-par performance in the League Cup, Sir Alex Ferguson publicly lambasted Richardson, among others, and the player found himself back with the reserves.

In July 2007, Richardson signed a four-year deal with Sunderland, where he was reunited with his former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, who was managing the Black Cats at that time.

He failed to make an impact and it was subsequently discovered that he had a stress fracture of the spine and this kept him out of action for almost four months.

When he returned to action, he scored his first goal for Sunderland in December 2007 against Bolton Wanderers.

After a series of good games, a recurring hamstring injury kept Richardson out of action.

In five years with the Black Cats, Richardson made one hundred and forty-nine appearances, scoring fifteen times. Played in a variety of positions, he impressed most in midfield and at left-back.

On August 31st 2012, Richardson left Sunderland, joining Fulham for a fee in the region of £2 million. Injuries affected Richardson during his time with the Cottagers but he made forty-nine appearances for the London side, netting six times.

On July 11th 2014 it was announced that Richardson had signed a two-year deal, with the option of an additional year, with Aston Villa, where he was once again reunited with Roy Keane, then the club’s assistant manager.

He made his début in the 0-1 victory against Stoke City on the opening day of the 2014-15 season and went on to make twenty appearances for the club throughout the season.

Richardson has eight England caps and has scored twice for his country, with his last international appearance coming in 2006.

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