Ben Stevenson

Position: Central Midfielder

Age: 20 *

At Club Since: N/A (Academy Product)

Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 33(2) *

In a dreadful relegation season, Ben Stevenson was the only player who stood out as being capable of doing much more that what the rest of the team was showing. The natural ability with the ball is clear to see, however, there’s also an intelligence to his game in the way he positions himself on the pitch and uses the ball that has allowed him to stand out in men’s football right from his very early appearances. Aside from struggles with injuries and playing under Russell Slade, Ben Stevenson’s rise to key first-team player has been swift and unquestioned.

Sadly, it seems an inevitability that Ben Stevenson will be leaving the club this summer. It was probably something that was likely to happen regardless of whether we had stayed up, in the financial situation that we’re in, we’re not a club that can hold onto talented young players for long when bigger clubs are interested in them. Relegation to League Two affects the fee we’ll be able to get for him, but his utility for us seems like being in providing an injection of money to cover a drop-off in attendances and helping Mark Robins assemble a squad capable of challenging for promotion.

*As of 13/01/2017