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Who The Hell Is Joe Ledley?

Linked with most clubs in the Premier League over the last few years, Joe Ledley certainly seems to have made an impression since arriving on the football scene.

Born in Cardiff, 23-year-old Ledley currently plies his trade for Cardiff City, joining his hometown club at the age of 9 before making his debut in 2004.

The Welshman has currently made 226 league appearance, scoring 26 goals. A central midfielder but also able to take up any position on the left hand side, Ledley’s strengths lie in his work rate and passing ability, able to maintain good defensive discipline and, as a local lad, display the passion and drive which pushes the team on.

The 2008/09 season saw him captain the side for the first time, aged just 21, which he retained for the rest of the season and made the Championship Team of the Year. Ledley is also now a mainstay of the national side, earning 32 caps since his debut in 2005. He scored his first international goal in 2007, as well as captaining the side on two occasions.

The number of teams interested in Ledley over the last few years, stretch close to double figures, including Everton, Wolves, Stoke City, West Ham, Wigan, Hull and more recently Fulham and Celtic. Cardiff City’s recent play-off defeat seems to suggest a move to the Premier League may finally happen for Ledley. Prior to the final, Cardiff manager Dave Jones himself admitted that the only way to keep Ledley was by securing promotion.

After rejecting a contract extension last season, and with only a year remaining on his current one, Cardiff will be forced to sell now to ensure they gain a fee for one of their prize assets.

Which club he signs for though is anyone’s guess…

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