Ryan Bertrand joined Gillingham at the age of 9 as he devoloped through their youth system. He was signed by Chelsea in 2005 for a fee of 125,000 which could be subjected to an increase depending gon his progress. During the 2006/2007 season though, he was sent twice on loan to Bournemouth along with Jack Cork. He suffered an injury and was out for the rest of the season.
In August 2007 he joined Oldham Athletic on loan until January 2008. He then joined Norwich City on loan. He was very impressive on the left , as the fans nicknamed him “plastic” in reference to the Belgian singer Plastic Bertrand. On July 17 2009, he joined Reading on season long loan. He then jpined Nottingham Forest in early 2010. After all these loan spells he returned to Chelsea.
He then became an understudy to Ashley Cole in the 2010 – 2011 season as he played quite a few matches. Under Cole’s mentorship, Bertrand played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the League Cup. He made his European debut like every kid who dreams it, in the Champions League final. He was substituted for Florent Malouda after picking up a knock.
Strengths – Very good at attack, which lets him play in the wings as well. Exceptional at defending and crossing thanks to Cole’s advices.
Weakness – Prone to giving away way too many needless fouls in threatning areas.
Career high – Being selected to start in the Champions League final over Malouda and Torres.
Career low – Failing to succed with the England under-21’s .
Style – Can play as a defender and a winger on the left. Has also been a defensive midfielder for Chelsea in the 2012/2013 season against Newcastle.
Quotes: “If you go out on loan, you have to think about yourself and your career and be realistic. There have been times when I’ve wondered about whether I’d make it but in life you have to have Plan A, B and C, so we looked at it realistically with my mum and my family and, thankfully, I have dug in there and managed to turn a few people’s heads” – Ryan Bertrand
Trivia: First player of the modern era to make his European debut in the Champions League final