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Getting to know you: Jordan Houghton

Get to know the latest man through the doors at Stadium MK, Jordan Houghton…

6 July 2018 lists a number of things you may not know about midfielder Jordan Houghton, who has joined the Dons on a two-year deal.

1.  Winning Mentality

Jordan Houghton comes to MK Dons with a habit of winning throughout his short career. At just 15-years of age, Houghton picked up the first medal of his career as he helped England lift the Victory Shield back in 2010.

In 2014, Chelsea Under-18s overcame Fulham Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup Final 7-6 over two legs – with Houghton netting Chelsea’s second goal in the second leg of the tie.

More recently, Houghton was part of the Doncaster Rovers side that earned promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2017. The 22-year-old featured 32 times for Rovers in that season – scoring once against Leyton Orient. 

2. Versatility

Predominantly a defensive midfielder, Houghton arrives at Stadium MK with the ability to play a number of different positions should Tisdale call upon him to do so. During his time with Chelsea Under-23s, Houghton featured as a centre-back, while he also played further forward in the central midfield position during his time on loan with Gillingham in 2015. 

During his time with Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster, he also played a handful of games in the right midfield position and at right back. His ability to play in a number of different positions will no doubt provide Paul Tisdale with depth and options in a handful of positions.   

3. England Youth International

During his time with Chelsea’s Academy the midfielder pulled on the England Shirt on 17 occasions across three different age groups. He made his England debut back in 2010 for the Under-16s – where he featured seven times, scoring three goals. 

He then made eight international appearances for the Under-17s before making two appearances for the Under-20s.

4. Leadership credentials

A key trait that Houghton brings to Stadium MK is his ability to don the captain’s armband and inject some leadership into the squad. He took on captain duties during his time at Chelsea throughout the academy system and while he never took on skipper duties during his time out on loan with Gillingham, Plymouth and Doncaster he did display them assets on the pitch and in the dressing room.

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