Ryan Ledson left boyhood club Everton in August to join Michael Appleton’s Oxford United

Leaving the club he had been with since the age of five might have seemed a tough decision for Ryan Ledson as he said his goodbyes to Everton and joined Oxford United.

But midfielder Ledson, 19, trusted recommendations from his Merseyside mates before agreeing a summer switch to the Kassam Stadium.

Some 28 appearances later for the Yellows, he has no regrets at taking their advice. Being named EFL Young Player of the Month for February comes just ahead of a Wembley final and a potential chance to represent England at the Under-20 World Cup.

“I’d heard a lot of good things about Oxford when I was on loan at Cambridge United last season,” Ledson told BBC Sport.

“I’d seen how they’d gone up last year, they got to a Wembley final (in the EFL Trophy) and one of my good mates Jonjoe Kenny had also been on loan from Everton.

“He’d always tell me what a great club they were and when the call came they were in for me in the summer, I asked Jonjoe’s opinion and also (club captain) John Lundstram, who I also know very well.

“The feedback I got was very good, so that turned my head.”

Making an impact for the U’s and Three Lions

So impressive has Ledson’s first season at Oxford been, he is simultaneously in demand with club and country.

He missed Oxford’s stoppage-time victory over Scunthorpe on Saturday as he met up with the England Under-20 squad for a four-nation tournament in Brittany