Todd Kane

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Todd Kane
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0Full Name Todd Arthur Lucien Kane
0Date of Birth 17 September 1993
0Place of Birth Huntingdon, Cambs, England
0Position Defender
0Chelsea career 2001 -
0Debut n/a
0Games (goals) n/a
0Other clubs Preston North End (loan)
Blackburn Rovers (loan)
Bristol City (loan)
Nottingham Forest (loan)
NEC Nijmegen (loan)

Todd Kane (born 17 September 1993 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England) is a defender currently playing for Chelsea.

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Pre-Chelsea career

Todd has been with Chelsea throughout his junior football career, joining at Under-8 level. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan.

Chelsea career

A regular at right-back throughout the youth ranks, Todd made his Under-18 debut in the 2009-10 season, as Dermot Drummy followed the annual tradition of introducing soon-to-be first-year scholars into the ranks whilst still at school. His energetic and enthusiastic approach proved both popular and impactful, and he produced back-to-back assists early in his youth team career, including a superb 90-yard run in the match against Cardiff City.

Playing as a midfielder or a wide forward for much of his first season as a scholar, Todd has led Chelsea's Under-18 team in goals as of January 2011, and scored his first goal for the Reserve team in March 2011 away to Bolton, playing as a right-back.

In May 2011 Todd scored a spectacular equaliser in the 2010-11 national Premier Reserve League Final, which Chelsea ended up winning on penalty kicks. His ascension into Dermot Drummy's reserve team ranks was made full time ahead of the 2011-12 season.

Despite playing a near-full schedule at Reserve level, Todd also saw plenty of youth team action en route to winning the 2011-12 FA Youth Cup, a competition in which he was ever present. To cap a successful season, he travelled as part of the Champions League Final squad and was involved in the celebrations after beating Bayern Munich.

He was named the Under-21 team captain for the 2012-13 season and featured heavily early on, before joining Preston North End on a six-week loan around Christmas. He didn't quite get going at Deepdale, but was soon on the move again early in 2013, moving up one division to join troubled Blackburn Rovers. There, he impressed under a number of managers and earned a second, longer stay until the end of the season, by which time he'd established himself as a very capable player.

On June 25th 2013 it was announced that Todd would return to Blackburn for the entire 2013-14 season, where he continued as a regular in the team up until Christmas before injuries and a loss of form resulted in him playing a reduced role.

Injuries prevented him from going on loan from the start of the 2014-15 season before he eventually joined Bristol City in November. Impressing in a defensive midfield role at Ashton Gate, he moved on to Nottingham Forest in January 2015 in a move funded by a SkyBet competition winner. He struggled to hold down a regular spot there though, making just eight appearances, but would experience a much more favourable 2015-16 season in the Eredivisie on loan with newly-promoted NEC Nijmegen. There, he was an ever-present in the league at right-back and served as the team's vice-captain until late April, when a torn anterior cruciate ligament brought a premature end to a fantastic campaign in which he attracted the attentions of some of Europe's bigger clubs.

International

Todd was called up and capped by England at Under-19 level in October and November of 2011, having previously been overlooked at every age level. He scored his first international goal against Slovenia in May 2012. He received his first Under-21 call-up early in the 2013-14 season but was not capped.

Career statistics

Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football

Season Under-18 European Under-21 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009-10 5 1 - - 0 0 5 1
2010-11 22 8 - - 6 1 28 9
2011-12 16 1 - - 17 2 33 3
2012-13 0 0 2 0 12 1 14 1
2013-14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0
Total 43 10 2 0 40 4 85 14

Senior Club Football

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2012-13 Preston North End (loan) 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2012-13 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2013-14 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 27 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2014-15 Bristol City (loan) 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2014-15 Nottingham Forest (loan) 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2015-16 NEC Nijmegen (loan) 31 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
Total 88 4 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 96 4

(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)

Career honours

Contract

Todd signed a new contract in August 2016, a deal which will expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.

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