Leon Osman (born 17 May 1981) is an English football player who plays for Everton in the Premier League and the England national football team. He has spent his whole career as an Everton player, though he has spent time on loan at Carlisle United and Derby County.
Osman was born in Billinge Higher End, Wigan in Greater Manchester to a Turkish Cypriot father and an English mother. He grew up in Skelmersdale and Huyton, on Merseyside, attending Up Holland High School and Winstanley College. He joined the Everton Academy and was part of the team that won the 1998 FA Youth Cup. Following the cup victory Osman sustained a knee injury which kept him from playing for a year.
Leon OsmanOsman was loaned to Carlisle United in October 2002, where he scored once in the league against Macclesfield Town and a brace against Oldham Athletic in the LDV Vans Trophy and was awarded Player of the Year by the club. He was granted a one year extension to his Everton contract in the summer of 2003, but failed to break into the first team until the end of the 2003–04 season. Instead, he was again loaned out, this time to Derby County. He had an integral role in Derby's successful bid to avoid relegation, and manager George Burley tried to buy him from Everton. Instead, Osman returned to his parent club with three games remaining in Everton's season. Manager David Moyes gave Osman his first start, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he scored within three minutes of his debut.
Osman became a first team regular in 2004–05 playing on the right wing of a 4–1–4–1 formation. He finished the season with seven goals including two in a game against Aston Villa. In the 2005–06 season Moyes at first preferred his new signing Simon Davies to Osman but in time he re-established himself in the team and put Davies down the pecking order. He was an established first team regular by 2006–07, a season in which made 37 appearances and scored three goals.
His start to the 2007–08 season began with two goals in consecutive wins against Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. His appearance in the starting 11 for Everton was threatened by the arrival of South African loan-signing Steven Pienaar. Osman scored his first goal in a UEFA competition in October 2007, Everton's second in a 3–1 UEFA Cup Group Stage win over Greek club Larissa at Goodison Park. His shot from 22 yards helped Everton to the top of the group and was voted Everton's Goal of the Season. Leon Osman scored both goals in Everton's 2–0 win over Fulham on the final day of the season to secure Everton 5th place in the Premier League for 2008–09. The following season Osman captained Everton for the first time in a League Cup game away to Hull City scoring once in the 4–0 victory.
Osman was named man of the match in two successive games in April 2010, and finished the 2010–11 season with four goals.
As well as England, his country of birth, Osman is eligible to play for Turkey or Cyprus through his father. Osman represented England at U16 level in the 1997–98 season. On 14 November 2012, at the age of 31, Osman earned his first senior call-up to the England squad for a friendly fixture against Sweden. Osman started in central midfield for his country in a 4–2 defeat against Sweden, in which he played the full 90 minutes.
- As of match played 12 January 2013.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Carlisle United (loan)||2002–03||Third Division||12||1||–||–||–||15||3|
|Derby County (loan)||2003–04||First Division||17||3||–||–||–||17||3|
- As of match played 14 November 2012.