- Nov 18, 2017
Layton Stewart netted a hat-trick as Liverpool U18s beat Crewe Alexandra 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Sunday.
Yeah, it was a real pity for Glatzel, who I thought was at a stage where he could've really kicked on. Injuries at this stage of career really affect a footballers career long term I think. I thought atleast one of him Woodburn or Duncan would've steeped up to first team football for us. Sad to see this crop of our youngsters floundering.All of Jaroš, Glatzel and Sharif suffered some serious injuries over the course of last year, it's great to hear that they are back.
Stewart still playing with the 18s is interesting.Layton Stewart netted a hat-trick as Liverpool U18s beat Crewe Alexandra 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Sunday.www.liverpoolfc.com
Ah thanks, that is pretty unfortunate! I always thought he looked promising, in a way that Jones does in that they do not look out of place playing in the first team, at least tactically.Several pretty bad injuries, pretty much every time he was starting to perform well at his loan clubs.
Watched the highlights to this - the new Polish lad we bought looked good. Turned two men and toepoked one in.Layton Stewart netted a hat-trick as Liverpool U18s beat Crewe Alexandra 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Sunday.www.liverpoolfc.com
Was this game on LFCtvGo?Watched the highlights to this - the new Polish lad we bought looked good. Turned two men and toepoked one in.
Tom Hill, Norris and Balagizi are the other names to look out for in that side, particularly the latter. Very highly rated apparently.
He was in some strange contract situation where we neither have him a new contract nor did we release him. Not quite sure what the full story was.
Varesanovic still at the club? Thought his contract expired.
Hey Sweeting, Who would be your top 2 across all the clubs for Striker, Winger, fullback, defender and MF?The Best Academy Prospects 2020/2021These players are the best of the guys you've probably never heard of - they all have less than 10 senior professional appearances but are promising players who could potentially play in the Premier League this season.
The Guys You Have Never Heard Of
Stand Out: Folarin Balogun
English U19 centre forward Folarin Balogun has been subject of £8m bids by Brentford and Leeds. Arsenal have so far resisted but Balogun is keen on first team football. He got ten goals and four assists in fifteen U23 appearances last season. Balogun has electric pace and is a true fox in the box centre forward. He doesn’t get involved too much in build up play and his game revolves around finishing chances rather than creation.
Honourable Mentions: Tyreece John-Jules, Zech Medley, Harry Clarke
Stand Out: Ben Chrisene
Signed from Exeter City, Chrisene, and England U16 international, had broken into the first team for the Grecians at 15 years old. Having been watched by every team in the country, it was Villa who stole a march by meeting all of Exeter’s demands for his signing. Chrisene’s greatest strength is his direct running and close control. Playing from a central midfield position, Chrisene runs at defenders like an old-fashioned winger.
Honourable Mentions: Louie Barry, Jacob Ramsey, Indiana Vassilev
Brighton & Hove Albion
Stand Out: Haydon Roberts
Presumed to be the next one off the centre-back conveyor belt for Brighton, the England U18 international has been subject of a loan bid from Leeds to replace follow Brighton defender Ben White. A comfortable ball-playing defender, Roberts displayed good game intelligence and positional awareness on his Brighton debut in a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, in which he also managed to score. The knock on him is his physical development, he is undersized for a Premier League CB and lacks for a bit of pace.
Honourable Mentions: Peter Gwaris, Teddy Jenks, Taylor Richards
Stand Out: Mace Goodridge
Goodridge joined Burnley from Newcastle in 2018 and had previously been at the Manchester City academy. At Burnley the midfielder has blossomed in their youth system, becoming a tireless presser and a dynamic presence in the Claret’s U23 midfield. Dyche, reticent to use youth players, has none the less had Goodridge in first team training for over a year. A serious knee injury set the prospect back a year in his development but he is now fully fit.
Honourable Mentions: Max Thompson, Lewis Richardson, Anthony Driscoll-Glennon
Stand Out: Faustino Anjorin
England U19 international Faustino Anjorin has been considered a prodigal talent in Premier League circles for many years. The attacking midfielder is 6’3” but has excellent close control and is full of flair. Rather than the usual lumbering dominance of tall players in the youth ranks, Anjorin plays like a smaller man. As is the modern trend, Anjorin plays in central midfield but runs at defenders often with pace and power. He has recently signed a new five-year contract as Chelsea have promised him a pathway to regular first team football.
Honourable Mentions: Xavier Mbuyamba, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja
Stand Out: Brandon Pierrick
Pierrick is a player who should not be on this list as he should have had more first team football to date. Roy Hodgson has not fully bought into the youth programme at Selhurst Park but reports are that he has been given a remit of developing their Academy prospects in 20/21. Pierrick is a powerful winger with an eye for goal. He enjoys getting to the byline and beating full backs often. He is a natural fit for Palace’s counter attacking style.
Honourable Mentions: Tyrick Mitchell, Nya Kirby, Sam Woods
Stand Out: Ellis Simms
Simms scored 41 goals in 42 games for Everton U18 before being promoted into the U23 set up. A classic centre forward, Simms combines height and speed to become a difficult prospect for any defender. The concern with Simms is that he has been able to cruise through the youth leagues based on his physical capabilities rather than a technical prowess. He has been named on the bench for Everton twice since Ancelotti took over and perhaps 20/21 will see the England U18 international break into the team.
Honourable Mentions: Reece Welch, Ryan Astley, Nathan Markelo
Stand Out: Jay Stansfield
Another former Exeter City player to make this list, Stansfield’s sale was met with fury by the Grecian’s board as Fulham took advantage of the EPPP system to pick up the talented forward for below market value. The England U18 international immediately caught the eye for Fulham, scoring 25 times in 15 games for their U18 team. The striker recently signed a professional deal at Craven Cottage and has been assured that a path to first team football exists for him. The 6”1’ striker has excellent close control and is, not surprisingly, a natural finisher.
Honourable Mentions: Matt O’Riley, Sylvester Jasper, Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Stand Out: Ian Poveda
Former Manchester City midfielder Poveda worked his way steadily into the Leeds team last season, managing four appearances. The diminutive attacking midfielder is a technically strong ball carrier who has impressed in his outings both for Leeds and England U20s, where has three goals in four games. A major strength of his is to cut in on his left foot from the right flank. As a youth player, Poveda had an eclectic career turning out for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Barcelona and Brentford. Now, aged 20, Poveda looks set to force serious minutes at first team level.
Honourable Mentions: Leif Davis, Joe Gelhardt, Robbie Gotts
Stand Out: Luke Thomas
Thomas was an unheralded prospect in the Leicester youth academy, having barely even played at U23 level, until Ben Chilwell’s imminent departure became clear. Thomas played the final three games of the 19/20 season and impressed with an assist in a 2-0 win on his debut. The England U19 international enjoys having the ball at his feet, he can pick out a pass and covers the ground well from deep full back positions. In fact, Thomas has seemed more defensively sound than the departed Chilwell. Despite the impressive cameos it seems unlikely Leicester will not purchase a reinforcement at full back for Thomas to compete with.
Honourable Mentions: George Hurst, Admiral Muskwe, Callum Wright
Stand Out: Ki-Jana Hoever
Liverpool’s Ki-Jana Hoever is a Dutch U18 player still trying to work out his best position. Usually deployed as a right full back, it seems unlikely that he will stay in that position given the presence of Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams. Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders has spoken of him as a future defensive midfielder or a central defender, both of which would play to his strengths. The 18-year-old possesses a powerful running style, is very comfortable in possession and is surprisingly strong in the air. As a composed ball-playing defender he shows great potential to follow in the footsteps of the equally versatile Joe Gomez in the coming years.
Honourable Mentions: Leighton Clarkson, Billy Koumetio, James Norris
Stand Out: Taylor Harwood-Bellis
After an impressive 2019/20 campaign at youth level, Harwood-Bellis is now pushing for first team action and has been mentioned as a possible resolution for Man City’s shortage at centre back. Leeds United are also very interested in taking the England U19 international to replace Ben White. Something of a throw back defender, Harwood-Bellis enjoys the dark arts of defending and is a powerful aerial presence but, as with all Man City players, he is also confident on the ball but perhaps lacks the diversity of passing that the likes of Ki-Jana Hoever does. Considered something of a leadership figure at youth level, he does have a chance of becoming a solid Premier League player – even if Manchester Coty is not the best place to achieve that.
Honourable Mentions: Alpha Dionkou, Tommy Doyle, Adrian Bernabe
Stand Out: James Garner
Despite only being 18 years old, James Garner is a name that has been heard as a potential Premier League player for many years in youth circles. An England U19 international, Garner is perhaps only held back currently by his slim frame which is probably seen as detrimental for a defensive midfielder. The U23 captain is an excellent passer, understands his positional responsibilities and loves a tackle but he lacks for size and strength which could be a problem at first team level.
Honourable Mentions: Teden Mengi, Ethan Laird, Ethan Galbraith
Stand Out: Tom Allen
Newcastle should be a hotbed of exciting young players but unfortunately the well is looking dry now. The pick of the bunch is Tom Allen, a lightening quick striker who will be loaned out to Accrington Stanley for the 2021 season. He made his first team debut in a 4-1 win over Rochdale, setting up a late goal himself after coming on as a substitute. Whether Allen is a Premier League talent is doubtful, he is 20 years old and was not used even when Newcastle were down to the barebones in January.
Honourable Mentions: Niall Brookwell, Jack Young, Lewis Cass
Stand Out: Marcus Dewhurst
With the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale, Marcus Dewhurst’s outside chances of pushing for the Sheffield Utd squad were extinguished. The goalkeeper has instead re-joined Carlisle United on a season long loan and this time is expected to be the first choice (having been the reserve goalkeeper last season). Like Newcastle United, Sheffield should be a vibrant academy with plentiful exciting talents but there is precious little to pick from in their U23 and U18 age groups. Dewhurst has a chance to impress at Carlisle but little chance of ever becoming Sheffield United’s first choice.
Honourable Mentions: Zak Brunt, Kyron Gordon, Angelo Cappello
Stand Out: Jake Vokins
The famed Southampton academy system is having a mini resurgence with players like Will Smallbone and Jake Vokins breaking into the first team and looking settled. Vokins is an aggressive, attack minded left back with an excellent passing range. He likes to drive forward with the ball and provide support to the attacking line, although this does come at the expense of his defending. The England U19 defender has already managed a goal for Southampton, in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, and will be expected to feature more prominently this season having recently signed a four year contract.
Honourable Mentions: Alexandre Jankewitz, Christian Norton, Nathan Tella
Stand Out: Troy Parrott
Probably the best-known player on this list, Parrott is already a full Irish international despite having only a handful of first team minutes to his name. A prolific goal scorer at youth level, Parrott is a natural finisher but he does have much more to his game than simply scoring. He likes to drop into midfield, reminiscent of Harry Kane, and dictate play from a deeper role when possible. He has already agreed to join Millwall on a season long loan where he will expect to impress against Championship opposition.
Honourable Mentions: Harvey White, Dennis Cirkin, Malachi Fagan-Walcott
West Bromwich Albion
Stand Out: Rayhaan Tulloch
England U18 international Tulloch signed a new four-year deal with West Brom in June and looks set to expand his role within the squad, having had encouraging words from Slavan Bilic. He scored nine goals and got four assists as a wide player for West Brom U23s and started to make his mark on the West Brom team in cup competitions. Tulloch has lightening pace and quick feet which he uses to run at opposition defenders regularly. The departure of Grady Diangana back to West Ham might open opportunities.
Honourable Mentions: Saul Shotton, Jamie Soule, Nick Clayton-Phillips
West Ham United
Stand Out: Ben Johnson
Quite a simple choice for West Ham. Ben Johnson broke into the starting XI following fellow academy graduate Jeremy Ngakia’s decision to leave the club for Watford. Johnson started the final three games of the season and was solid in the right back position. A converted centre forward, Johnson is surprisingly adept with the defensive side of the game. Where his game needs work is in the final third, he is not a natural crosser and often floats the ball instead of driving it dangerously. However, Johnson does provide an athletic and versatile player for West Ham with plenty of scope for improvement with more minutes.
Honourable Mentions: Conor Coventry, Jamal Baptiste, Xande Silva
Stand Out: Taylor Perry
Wolves have a pipeline of young talent coming through, but Taylor Perry has managed to stay under the radar despite being given more opportunities than most. At just 17 years old Perry, an England youth international, has appeared in the Carabao Cup and Europa League for Wolves. The six-foot-tall central midfielder has no issues with the physicality of first team football and has publically spoken of his desire to get more regular game time in 20/21 following impressive outings in pre-season. More of a creative player than a goal scorer but Perry has still chipped in with his fair share for the youth sides, particularly he enjoys spectacular long-range goals. The level at Wolves is extremely high but Perry should be right behind Morgan Gibbs-White in the youth pecking order.
Honourable Mentions: Chem Campbell, Owen Otasowie, Christian Marques
As with anything in youth football it would be an ever changing list but I would generally I would say (based on my previous criteria of these being youth players with less than 10 senior games)...Hey Sweeting, Who would be your top 2 across all the clubs for Striker, Winger, fullback, defender and MF?
It's Pearce, for all his CV and various jobs reporting on football he doesn't actually seem all that clued up on football sometimes. You seem a hell of a lot more knowledgeable for a start as do a fair few others on here."... drop down to the under-23s..." is strange language when talking about someone who made one appearance at U23 level last season. That's a promotion not a demotion.
There was a trialist who looked lively, wore 17, but I haven't been able to find out who it was.Highlights for the u18s 4-1 win against Leicester are up on the official site now.
This looks like a particularly good year group to me. Hill and Balagizi look really, really good in the midfield whilst Morton isn't a bad player either. There are no concerns about Hill or Balagizi athletically, which has been a concern with pretty much all of our recent midfield prospects.
Stewart obviously continues to impress up front and Harvey Blair looks like an interesting player. The new kids Frauendorf and Musialowski have scored for the 18s already.
Orzynski looks to be another good Eastern European goalkeeper we've snapped up.
It's been relatively easy competition so far for them (Crewe, Huddersfield and Leicester) but they've absolutely hammered them all.