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Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

ILLOK

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There was a trialist who looked lively, wore 17, but I haven't been able to find out who it was.

Edit: Actually it was the 5-0 win over Huddersfield where they played. Wasn't on the teamsheet.
I looked on RAWK earlier today and they were talking about him over there, he's a 15 year old called Isaac Mabaya. They seem to think his name was kept out of it due to his age.

From what I can tell he is a Liverpool player. Agree that he caught the eye on the highlights too, was waiting for Hunter to identify him. Must be a sign that he's highly rated if he's getting in that midfield at 15 years old.

That looks like a strong area of the pitch for Liverpool u18s even with Cain and Clarkson moving up. Speaking of strong areas, Luke Chambers looks good on these highlights as well. That could be two decent local prospects we have at left back (Norris also).
 

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I looked on RAWK earlier today and they were talking about him over there, he's a 15 year old called Isaac Mabaya. They seem to think his name was kept out of it due to his age.

From what I can tell he is a Liverpool player. Agree that he caught the eye on the highlights too, was waiting for Hunter to identify him. Must be a sign that he's highly rated if he's getting in that midfield at 15 years old.

That looks like a strong area of the pitch for Liverpool u18s even with Cain and Clarkson moving up. Speaking of strong areas, Luke Chambers looks good on these highlights as well. That could be two decent local prospects we have at left back (Norris also).
Ah ok I didn't recognise him but yes if it's Mabaya then he is already our player, he's an England youth international and considered one of the two or three best in his age group for England. I think it's obvious his physique will exaggerate his quality at this level (I honestly assumed he was an 18 year old released from Man Utd etc when watching the highlights, not a 15 year old) but he's certainly one to watch.

Chambers has started well, he's a youth international as well. I think he's played a lot at CB through the youth but he looks undersized so full back suits better.

Jonas looks interesting at CB, saw him step into midfield a few times and likes to play those purposeful forward passes that our coaches love.
 

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Noticed our centre half’s don’t look massive. Hard to tell from a screen but usually we have a taller centre half (Koumetio-u18s) (SVB-u23s) etc and then a smaller one. Both lads look small enough but good footballers.
 

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Premier League U23 Season Preview, Part III
Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion & Sunderland

Manchester City
They may be powerhouses in the Premier League but, despite massive investment, the City academy has not thrived in recent years either in players development or results. As with most of the “big clubs”, Man City have a very young development team compared with some of their competition. Last season they finished in 8th position for the second year in a row.

Goalkeepers
Daniel Grimshaw is the most senior U23 goalkeeper but his route to the first team looks non-existent as Scott Carson was resigned on loan. Louie Moulden is generally considered to the most talented of Man City’s clutch of young keepers and the ex-Liverpool player will expect to win the shirt for the season. Gavin Bazunu joined Rochdale on loan and Ciaran Slicker will provide depth.

Defenders
Taylor Harwood-Bellis should start the season as the first choice centre back and Joel Latibeaudiere has been his regular partner at CB in recent years but after struggling for game time on loan at Twente he may find that position under threat and is likely to head out on loan anyway. Yeboah Amankwah will go head to head with Rowan McDonald in the central area while Cameron Gbadebo, a highly touted signing from Leicester in 2019, should prove an ample deputy. Tosin Adarabioyo has been excellent for Blackburn Rovers and will likely be sold or loaned to a Premier League side. Some rumours have Philippe Sandler going into Man City’s first team but I would bet he ends up on loan again. Timi Sobowale, promoted from the U18s this season, will likely be allowed to leave.

Nathaniel Ogbeta will continue as the first choice left back while Alpha Dionkou, signed from Real Mallorca in 2017, is the closest thing Man City have to a player breaking through at right back and he should fend off the competition of U18 promotee Sam Robinson. New £5m signing Yan Couto will probably head out on loan to Spain.


Alpha Dionkou should be in first team consideration

Midfielders
Central midfield could see an overhaul as Claudio Gomes is probably going to leave the club, either permanently or on loan, which will create an opportunity for Matt Smith once again after he spent last season on loan. Collins Tanor should leave, he is 23 years old this season and has only ever been out on loan. Ivan Ilic struggled to make an impact at NAC Breda and will probably head on loan again with Perugia interested, his older brother Luka may make a similar move. The excellent Tommy Doyle will again captain the side and be partnered with Adrian Bernabe. Waiting for a chance at centre midfield is the extremely talented England U18 international, Cole Palmer, who will be an U23 for the first time this season. Paulo Fernandes is leaving the club to join Castellon and Felix Nmecha should get a good quality loan spell.


Cole Palmer was one of the best players in the country at U18 level

Forwards
In the wide positions there is a talented bunch of players in Morgan Rogers, Jayden Braaf, Keyendrah Simmonds and D’Margio Wright-Phillips. Rogers has been underwhelming since joining from West Brom but the raw talent is definitely there. Dutch U18 Jayden Braaf is the nominal starter on the left wing. On the right-hand side D’Margio Wright-Phillips has every chance to be the starter but both he and Simmonds were impressive for the U18s and will likely share game time. Ben Knight was the starter last season but managed only one goal all season. Thomas Agyepong and Aminu Mohammed should head out on loan although Man City would also be happy to sell.

Spanish U18 striker Pablo Moreno has signed from Juventus for £9m and will compete with Nabil Touaizi for the starting role. Moreno only managed four goals in 31 appearances last season for Juventus so Touaizi may be the favourite for the role.

Conclusion
Manchester City are a dangerous attacking team but as they are, once again, very young they are unlikely to challenge at the top of the league.

Transfers In
Pablo Moreno – Juventus - £9m
Yan Couto – Coritiba - £5m
Issa Kabore – Mechelen - £4m

Transfers Out
Felix Correia – Juventus - £9m
Thierry Ambrose – Metz - £1m
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru – Sheffield Wednesday - Undisc
Luke Bolton – Dundee United - Loan
Ryotaro Meshino – Rio Ave – Loan
Ante Palavera – Getafe – Loan
Pedro Porro – Sporting CP – Loan
Daniel Arzani – Utrecht – Loan
Issa Kabore – Mechelen – Loan
Ko Itakura – Groningen – Loan
Iker Pozo – FC Eindhoven – Loan
Nahuel Ferraresi – Moreirense – Loan
Lewis Fiorini – NAC Breda – Loan
Lukas Nmecha – Anderlecht – Loan
Gavin Bazunu – Rochdale – Loan
Slobodan Tedic – Zwolle - Loan
Aleix Garcia – Free Agent
Ernest Agyiri – Free Agent
Tom Scott – Free Agent

Predicted League Finish: 10th
Predicted Line Up:
Moulden
Dionkou Harwood-Bellis McDonald Ogbeta
Doyle Smith Bernabe
Wright-Phillips Touaizi Braaf


West Bromwich Albion
After finishing third in Division Two, West Brom are well positioned for another good campaign with a solid batch of promotions from U18 level.

Goalkeepers
Goalkeeper Ted Cann returns to West Brom, the 19-year-old had a short loan at Worcester City and a spell in Yeovil’s youth team during the 2019/20 season. With Joshua Griffiths joining Cheltenham on loan and Bradley House being released, the way is clearer for Cann. Alex Palmer will likely get significant game time at U23 level, the 24-year-old is the club’s second choice having spent last season as Plymouth’s first choice.

Defenders
Following the release of Jack Fitzwater and Pablo Martinez, Tomiwa Solanke and Saul Shotton are likely to be first choice centre backs with Thomas Sharpe and Harry Williams backing them up. First team defender Dara O’Shea will undoubtedly drop down to make sporadic appearances at this level also.


Saul Shotton has impressed since his move from Bury.

George Harmon, who was U18 captain, will continue to be the starting left back after having his contact extended in May. Aksum White is likely to be the first choice right back although he should have stiff competition from Taylor Gardner-Hickman who is moving up from the U18s.

Midfielders
Zak Brown is a promising central midfielder and recently agreed a new contract. He has the chance to get into the first team squad for cameo appearances. Finley Thorndike and Toby King are the pick of the promoted U18 players, while 16-year-old Rico Richards could make appearances at this level also.

Forwards
Nick Clayton-Phillips has been drafted into the first team squad for training this summer following a loan spell at Solihull Moors. The winger will compete with Alex Gilbert who has just moved up from the U18s. Owen Windsor was a new signing from Cirencester in 2019 and he looks set to patrol the right-hand side of midfield.


Jamie Soule was linked with Dortmund last season.

Rayhaan Tulloch is one of the brightest prospects in England and the attacking midfielder will sit in just behind the centre forward. Jamie Soule is expected to be the first-choice striker while Callum Morton, who spent last season with Northampton Town, will likely head out to Lincoln this time around. Cheikh Diaby joined from Le Havre in October 2019 but failed to make much of an impact because of administrative issues about his move, so he will be hoping to be more involved this season.

Conclusion
West Brom had a strong campaign in 2019/20 and have reloaded their squad from their equally excellent U18 team. With Rayhaan Tulloch leading the way I expect West Brom to be one of the best sides in Division Two.

Transfers In
None

Transfers Out
Pablo Martinez – Bristol Rovers – Free
Sam Wilding – Sunderland – Free
Kane Wilson – Forest Green – Free
Jack Fitzwater – Livingstone – Free
Joshua Griffiths – Cheltenham – Loan
Finn Azaz – Cheltenham – Loan
Bradley House – Free Agent
Kevin Healy – Free Agent
Peter Taylor – Free Agent
Yusuff Ojebode – Free Agent
Jack Chambers – Free Agent
Eoin Ashton – Free Agent
Stanley Asomugha – Free Agent
Dan Meredith – Free Agent

Predicted League Position: 1st (Division Two)
Predicted Line Up:
Cann
White Solanke Shotton Harmon
Brown Thorndike
Windsor Tulloch Clayton-Phillips
Soule


Sunderland
Sunderland were disastrously bad in 19/20. They finished bottom Division Two, scoring just ten goals in eighteen games and earning a solitary point in an opening day draw at Stoke. As you may expect most of the squad has been released but there is precious little to be excited about in this squad.

Goalkeepers
Anthony Patterson is the undisputed starter in goal. The 20-year-old signed a new deal in June and has no real competition for the position. It is a sign of Sunderland’s struggles that Patterson has played 28 times for the U23s and never kept a clean sheet.

Defenders
Brandon Taylor broke into the Sunderland first team last season but still will make most of his appearances at U23 level where he will partner new signing Bobby Beaumont. Patrick Almond and Jack Armstrong will provide depth from the U18 squad.


Brandon Taylor should push for the first team.

Harrison Devine will take over at left back with new signing Kenton Richardson taking the right back berth, although he maybe fast tracked to the first team. Tomas Howard can cover both sides so should get plenty of appearances.

Midfielders
Sam Wilding has joined from West Brom and the 20-year-old defensive midfielder no doubt expects a good showing at U23 level to lead to first team action. Jake Hackett and Daniel Neill both have featured for the first team during pre-season and should be regulars for the U23s. Joseph Lilley will also enter the rotation having aged up from the U18s.

Forwards
Jack Diamond has been training with the first team and the winger will likely bounce between the two squads. Ciaran Dunne did not do enough to move up to first team level last season and can expect another crack at the U23s. Meanwhile Vinnie Steels joins from Burnley following his release and will likely take a starting job.


Diamond may be rough but he expects first team minutes after a good loan at Harrogate.

Benjamin Mbunga Kimpioka is in limbo and may leave. Steels wasn’t the only Burnley player to move his way to Wearside. Will Harris has joined permanently after appearing for Sunderland in a trail game last season. He and Lee Connelly are expected to be the striking options for this Sunderland side.

Conclusion
The Wearside outfit needed a revolution at youth level following their dismal 2019/2020 showing and they have done a lot of rebuilding. However, the calibre of players being brought in just doesn’t create much excitement and Sunderland look set for another lowly season.

Transfers In
Sam Wilding – West Brom – Free
Bobby Beaumont – Wrexham – Free
Vinnie Steels – Burnley – Free
Will Harris – Burnley – Free
Kenton Richardson – Hartlepool – Free

Transfers Out
Bali Mumba – Norwich - £350k
Andrius Edmundsson – Aguilas – Free
Jordan Hunter – South Shields – Free
Jack Connelly – Cabinteely – Free
Jack Bainbridge – Southport – Free
Ahmed Abdelkader – Free Agent
Ruben Sammut – Free Agent
Connor Slack – Free Agent
Kane Evans – Free Agent
Michael Collins – Free Agent
Nathan Greenwood – Free Agent
Owen Gamble – Free Agent
Ryan Leonard – Free Agent

Predicted League Position: 14th (Division Two)
Predicted Line Up:
Patterson
Richardson Taylor Beaumont Devine
Hackett Wilding Neill
Steels Harris Diamond​
 
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I looked on RAWK earlier today and they were talking about him over there, he's a 15 year old called Isaac Mabaya. They seem to think his name was kept out of it due to his age.

From what I can tell he is a Liverpool player. Agree that he caught the eye on the highlights too, was waiting for Hunter to identify him. Must be a sign that he's highly rated if he's getting in that midfield at 15 years old.

That looks like a strong area of the pitch for Liverpool u18s even with Cain and Clarkson moving up. Speaking of strong areas, Luke Chambers looks good on these highlights as well. That could be two decent local prospects we have at left back (Norris also).
Could I know the source of these highlights? I'd like to watch them too.
 

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Could I know the source of these highlights? I'd like to watch them too.
LFCTV GO mate. They're doing a free trial for a month if you want to watch them.

Nice to see Oakley Cannonnier (of Barcelona ball boy fame) score, he'd missed a lot of chances in the other games judging by the highlights.
 

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I'm moving the rest of the series over to The Anfield Noise.

**Premier League U23 Season Preview, Part IV**
**Everton, Middlesbrough & Fulham**

**Everton**
Everton have previously won Division One but last season they were underwhelming in a 7th place finish. There has been a small turnover in the playing squad but no major investment so far.

**Goalkeepers**
Portuguese U21 international Joao Virginia is the highest rated of a clutch of young goalkeepers. He spent a short time with Reading on loan last season and another loan is possible. Harry Tyrer started the majority of U23 fixtures last season so will expect to hold that position again this year. Nicholas Defreitas-Hansen, an American born Danish U19 international, is a strong backup.

**Defenders**
There are three talented central defenders in Jarrad Branthwaite, Lewis Gibson and Ryan Astley. Branthwaite has moved into first team consideration and is currently part of a rotation so Lewis Gibson and Ryan Astley are likely to be the regulars at this level. They will be backed up by Con Ouzounidis while Joseph Anderson will probably be the left back of choice with Kyle John at right back. New signing Niels Nkounkou will challenge for the left back berth once he is settled in.

**Midfielders**
Callum Connolly has returned from Fleetwood but the defensive midfielder is expected to make a permanent departure. Dennis Adeniran has been a mainstay of Everton’s U23 set up but he now expected to replace Connolly with a loan spell at Fleetwood. There is a quintet of promoted U18 midfielders; MacKenzie Hunt, Bobby Carroll, Sebastien Quirk and Rhys Hughes who will compete with Norwegian Einar Iversen, who should feature heavily. Beni Baningime is desperately trying to get out on loan with a move to Blackpool falling through last minute. U18 midfielder Tyler Onyango is highly rated and often steps up to U23 level.

**Forwards**
Nathan Broadhead is a standout goalscoring winger. He impressed on loan at Burton Albion last season and has brought the form back to the U23 squad, scoring six goals in two games. Josh Bowler was distinctly average for Hull City in 19/20 and it is understood he has made it clear he wishes to go out again. Anthony Gordon shouldn’t be seen very often at this level having made a good impression of the first team.

Upfront, Ellis Simms is a physical presence with a good goalscoring record at every youth level. Lewis Dobbin and Thomas Cannon are U18 prospects with the profile to play a rotation role this season. Cannon can also play out wide which may help his acceleration through the ranks.

**Conclusion**
This Everton side look extremely short on depth having cut rid of some of the deadwood. With more loans in store for various squad members it is unlikely Everton will be able to achieve much this season.

**Transfers In**
Niels Nkounkou – Marseille - £200k

**Transfers Out**
Fraser Hornby – Stade Reims - £1.6m
Kieran Phillips – Huddersfield – Free
Morgan Feeney – Sunderland – Free
Alex Denny – Salford – Free
Nathan Markelo – Twente – Free
Matty Foulds – Free Agent
Manasse Mampala – Free Agent
Korede Adedoyin – Free Agent
Joshua Hosie – Free Agent
Jonathan Anderson – Free Agent
Jack Barrett – Free Agent

Predicted League Position: 11th (Division One)
Predicted Line Up:

Tyrer
John Gibson Astley Anderson
Iversen Quirk Hughes
Cannon Simms Broadhead

**Middlesbrough**
Middlesbrough have traditionally had an excellent academy system and last year saw the promotion of Aynsley Pears, Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson as well as various cameos from other young prospects. In the league, the U23s finished in 5th position – a decent showing considering the number of players moving up into the first team.

**Goalkeepers**
Ashley Pears looks set to be the club’s first choice goalkeeper, although Blackburn would like to sign him, and Joe Fryer is set to sign for Swindon. Brad James had a good loan spell at National League North side Gateshead and may well head out on loan again. Zach Hemming spent time with Hartlepool United and Blyth Spartans – particularly impressing on his loan at Blyth. As well James, it is likely Hemming will want to build on that experience with another loan spell. That leaves Solomon Brynn has the most likely choice as U23s starter, the 19-year-old is a former England U18 international.

**Defenders**
Sam Stubbs, signed from Wigan in 2018, has built up an interesting resume with Notts County, Hamilton Academicals and ADO Den Haag. Having been successful in his brief stint with Den Haag – he started all eight games he was available for – there must be an opportunity for the 21-year-old in a Middlesbrough team cutting back on wage expenditure. Nathan Wood should be a regular starter for the U23s but will also get first team minutes. The England U18 international broke into the line up several times last season.

At left back, new signing Williams Kokolo will compete with Jack Robinson. Terry Stephenson is another option; he has just moved up from the U18s. Daniel Dodds took over at right back following Djed Spence’s promotion to the first team and he will hold that role again.

**Midfielders**
The most experienced U23 midfielders are Ben Liddle and Connor Malley but both are expected to leave on loan. Liddle went to Scunthorpe last season while Malley had a short spell with Ayr United. Promoted U18 trio Harry Green, Cain Sykes and Hayden Hackney are likely to compete for the starting job at centre midfield. Hackney has trained with the first team in pre-season and was singled out for praise. Isiah Cornet is a French attacking midfielder who should play often in a 4-2-3-1.

**Forwards**
Marcus Browne had a productive loan spell with Oxford United, so much so that Neil Warnock has said he expects him to be a key first team player. Isaiah Jones, brought in from Tooting & Mitcham last year, will likely be one of the starting wingers with Joseph Gibson on the opposite flank. Sam Folarin is expected to leave on loan and that leaves Alberto Balde and Isaac Fletcher in support.

Middlesbrough brought in Cole Kiernan from Sunderland on a free transfer and he will compete with last season’s top scorer Rumarn Burrell. Tyrone O’Neill, who was at Darlington last year, should head out for another loan spell.

**Conclusion**
'Boro have a strong youth set up, as always, and despite losing a few talented players to the first team they will still be competitive this season.

**Transfers In**
Cole Kiernan – Sunderland – Free

**Transfers Out**
Enes Mahmutovic – PFK Lviv – Free
Mitchell Curry – Free Agent
Stephen Wearne – Free Agent
Nathan Dale – Free Agent
Layton Watts – Free Agent
Nicholas Hood – Free Agent
Harry Flatters – Free Agent
Harold Essien – Free Agent

Predicted League Position: 2nd (Division Two)
Predicted Line Up

Brynn
Dodd Stubbs Wood Kokolo
Hackney Green
Gibson Cornet Jones
Burrell


**Fulham**
Fulham have a way of developing physical and tough players through their academy that always give a good account of themselves in the youth leagues. However, last season they finished in a disappointing 10th position in Division Two.

**Goalkeepers**
All three of Fulham’s U23 goalkeepers are current or former England youth internationals. Luca Ashby-Hammond has appeared at U19 level, outdoing his older Brother – Taye – who made it to U17s. George Wickens, an U18 international rounds out the trio. Taye Ashby-Hammond is the oldest of the three and had a good loan spell at Maidenhead United last season. Luca though has overtaken Taye in the club’s eyes. He was just starting a loan spell at Harrow Borough when the league was curtailed, and it is possible he could go out on loan again. George Wickens is sure to get plenty of game time having led the U18s team to a league title in 19/20.

**Defenders**
Last year’s centre backs; Moritz Jens, Ben Tricker and Zico Asare have all left the club so the two starting centre backs from Fulham’s U18 league winning side could move straight into the U23s first XI. Connor McAvoy already has a handful of appearances at this level and has played for the first team in pre-season. His partner, Luca Murphy, joined Fulham in 2019 after a controversial transfer where Murphy cancelled his contract with Hartlepool in order to force a move to the Londoners. Hartlepool were left furious at the loss of an asset for no financial return. Murphy, who was also wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Leeds, put the episode behind him to excel in Fulham U18s title charge. There is legitimate excitement at Craven Cottage about the potential of both McAvoy and Murphy.

Left back Jerome Opoku had a good loan spell at Accrington Stanley that turned into a contract extension. He will head out on loan to the Championship this time around. Jaydn Mundle-Smith gained some much needed first team experience at Maidenhead but the most interesting prospect is new signing, 17-year-old Ziyad Larkeche who joins from Paris St Germain. A regular in their UEFA Youth League squads, Larkeche joined Fulham with first team opportunities in mind. Right back Cody Drameh started a majority of games last season but he was allowed to leave for Leeds. Steven Sessegnon could drop back down from the first team squad but Blackburn and Bristol City have already made loan offers so another year in the U23s seems unlikely. There are no other natural right backs apart from U18 Luciano D’Auria-Henry so he should get some game time.

**Midfielders**
Jayden Harris and Tyrese Francois have threatened to break into the first team for years now and will continue to patrol the Fulham midfield along with either Ryan De Havilland or Thai U23 international Ben Davis. Matt O’Riley rejected a new contract and left the club as a free agent. The England U18 international is a big loss as he had first team potential but should have no issues finding a new club.

**Forwards**
The wide attacking roles will likely to filled by Sylvester Jasper, Fabio Carvalho, Sonny Hilton and new signing Kieron Bowie.

Up front, Fulham will deploy the excellent Jay Stansfield in the centre forward role. Stansfield is a product of the Exeter City academy and left them in controversial circumstances. He scored 22 goals in 14 appearances for the U18s and got into the Fulham first team squad on multiple occasions. Timmy Abraham will be his main competition while Terry Ablade and Jean-Pierre Tiehi both join the squad after being promoted from the U23s, although neither of them are prolific goal scorers.

**Conclusion**
With an influx of talent from the league winning U18 team, I expect Fulham to improve slightly from their showing last season.

**Transfers In**
Kieron Bowie – Raith Rovers - £150k
Ziyad Larkeche – Paris St Germain – Free

**Transfers Out**
Moritz Jens – Lausanne-Sport - Undisc
Cody Drameh – Leeds - £400k
Toni Stahl – Energie Cottbus – Free
Nicolas Santos – Racing Santander - Free
Marlon Fossey – Shrewsbury – Loan
Martell Taylor-Crossdale – Colchester United - Loan
Matt O’Riley – Free Agent
Zico Asare – Free Agent
Cameron Thompson – Free Agent
Ben Tricker – Free Agent
Tristan Cover – Free Agent

Predicted League Position: 7th (Division Two)
Predicted Line Up:

Wickens
D’Auria-Henry McAvoy Murphy Larkeche
Harris Francois De Havilland
Carvalho Stanfield Jasper
 

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I'm moving the rest of the series over to The Anfield Noise.
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