Next season, Leicester City Under-18s have a strong chance of reaching the final of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
The club’s academy boasts some talented players who have already made a number of appearances for the Development Squad, including two Under-16 players.
In this article, FoxesHub profiles ten of the most exciting players who will play for the Under-18s next season.
Oliver Bosworth – The goalkeeper was last season’s Under-18s captain and Academy Player of the Season despite being a first-year scholar. Bosworth has another year in the Under-18s and is likely to go from strength to strength.
Johnly Yfeko – Signed from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season, Yfeko has already made a handful of appearances for the Under-18s. The 16-year-old stands at 6’3” and is capable of playing at centre-half or left-back.
Bailey Aisthorpe – Having joined several months ago following his release from Stoke City, left-back Aisthorpe has also played for the Under-18s, deputising for Luke Thomas during the international break.
Sidnei Tavares – Tavares, a Portugal Under-18 international, has already made a number of appearances for the Under-23s. He also has another season in the Under-18s, but is expected to feature in Steve Beaglehole’s plans and will drop down for the FA Youth Cup.
Oli Ewing – The defensive midfielder resembles Hamza Choudhury in his style of play. He likes to make strong tackles, break up play and initiate attacks from deep. Leicester seem to have picked up a gem following the Wales youth international’s release from Fulham.
Ethan Fitzhugh – Fitzhugh is a talented attacking midfielder who operates in the number 10 role. The local lad will cement his place in the Under-18s next term and may push on to the Development Squad.
Terell Pennant – Despite just completing his Under-16 season, Pennant has made some impressive cameos for the Development Squad. He is one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Under-18s and will be hoping to replicate the on-field career of his uncle Jermaine.
Shane Flynn – The Irish youth international finished last season with a serious foot injury and underwent successful surgery. The talented winger – who has previously played for St Joseph’s Boys and Bray Wanderers – has a big season ahead as he looks to earn a professional deal.
Dempsey Arlott-John – Arlott-John is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the attacking line. He has an insatiable appetite for scoring and creating goals. His older brothers are former City academy starlets Jorrin John and Kairo Edwards-John.
Will Russ – Leicester paid a significant fee to secure the services of Will Russ from National League side Chesterfield. The 16-year-old striker is another to have appeared for the Under-23s at such a young age. Russ has an extremely bright future.