Next Barkley, Rooney? Five facts on Everton's 16-year-old Ryan Ledson

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The young midfielder was on the bench for the visit to Southampton, the latest in a long line of academy jewels.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez seems to have identified the next young English talent to come off the Merseyside club's production line, naming 16-year-old Ryan Ledson on the substitutes bench for the trip to Southampton.

The club have produced some of the best players in the country in recent years, with Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley two notable graduates, and it certainly seems like they know how to to turn potential into actual quality in the blue side of Liverpool.

Though the England youth player didn't make it on the pitch at Southampton, the fact someone who was 15 at the start of the Premier League campaign has gotten anywhere near the first team at his age indicates a player of huge potential.

Given his youth, Ledson may not be the most familiar of players to Everton fans, so below we have complied a series of facts on the promising youngster.

1. Ledson is a central midfielder born and bred in Liverpool. He has been at the club for a whopping 11 years, having joined at the tender age of 5. He wore number 46 on the bench at St Mary's.

2. His nickname is Lego, possibly on account of the fact he is so young he may have only just put his toys away! He has however snubbed the Liverpool music scene, identifying Manchester band Oasis as his favourite.

3. He sees himself as playing like Chelsea goalscoring legend Frank Lampard, while his favourite Toffees player is England left back Leighton Baines. Rates tackling and passing as his strengths though sees his left foot as something to develop.

4. Has won 11 caps for the England U17s, scoring twice, and is the current captain of the squad. He made his debut at this age group against Portugal in August last year, and helped the country qualify for the European Championships in Malta in May, which he is sure to be a big part of.

5. Has 17 appearances for the Toffees Under-21 side this year, playing against players much older than him, and managing to score one goal. Helped the Everton youth side into the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup, where they lost 3-1 to Arsenal, with Ledson featuring in every round of the competition.

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