Leicester City F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Leicester City F.C. Under-23s
Leicester City crest.svg
Full nameLeicester City Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Foxes
GroundKing Power Stadium
Holmes Park
Belvoir Drive Training Complex
ManagerSteve Beaglehole (Under-23s)
Vacant (Under-18s)
LeaguePremier League 2 D1
WebsiteClub website

Leicester City Under-23s are the former reserve team of Leicester City. The team mainly consists of under-23 players at the club, although senior players occasionally play in the reserve side, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The Under-23s team are managed by Steve Beaglehole and they play in Premier League 2.

Leicester City F.C. Academy are the youth team of Leicester City, directed by Jon Rudkin and previously managed by Trevor Peake. Leicester City's academy has had category one status under the Elite Player Performance Plan since July 2013.


Although less famous than the likes of Manchester United or West Ham United's youth systems, the Leicester City Academy has been one of the more productive academies in the East Midlands. England internationals Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker, David Nish, Steve Whitworth and Emile Heskey, as well as Don Revie, who played for and managed England[1] all began their careers with the Foxes. Frank McLintock, a Scottish international, former footballer of the year and a double winning captain with Arsenal, who was described by Bob Paisley as the "player of the decade" at the end of the 1970s also came through the Foxes' ranks.[2] Leicester's all-time top appearance makers Graham Cross and Sep Smith were also among notable products of the academy.

The academy is overseen by director Jon Rudkin, with Steve Beaglehole currently holding the position of 'Development Coach', working in the new development league set up from the summer of 2012. [3][4] On 8 April 2013, Leicester City Under-21s won the newly formed 2012–13 Professional Development League 2 with a game to go, qualifying for the knockout stage.[5] However they exited the national play-off at the semi-final stage, after losing 3–2 to Cardiff.[6]

On 26 May 2013, the Leicester City Development Squad & Academy won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens cup, beating Newcastle United Reserves and Academy 2–0 thanks to goals from Michael Cain and Harry Panayiotou. The latter also went on to win player of the tournament.[7] On 4 July, it was announced that Leicester City's academy had been awarded category one status, the highest level under the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan.[8]

By finishing 6th in the 2013–14 Professional U21 Development League, Leicester City U21s qualified for the inaugural, 2014–15 edition, of the Premier League International Cup, being drawn in Group C with Manchester City, Benfica and Schalke 04.[9] On 24 November 2014, Leicester City U21s became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals, after defeating Schalke 04 and Benfica, both 2–0 at the King Power Stadium.[10]

After having almost been relegated from Premier League 2 Division 1 in 2016–2017, Leicester Under 23's went on to finish third in PL2, while also getting to the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup.[11] In addition, several of the under 23's gained first team experience under manager Claude Puel with Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury playing prominent roles towards the end of the 2017–2018 season. This subsequently lead to Hamza Choudhury gaining his first England Under 21s cap during the Toulan Tournament.[12]

On 13 June 2020 the club announced that long-serving coach Trevor Peake was stepping down from his role as Under-18s coach after 17 years of service.[13]

The Players[edit]

Under 23s[edit]

As of 11 August 2020[14][15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
36 Zimbabwe FW Admiral Muskwe
38 South Africa MF Thakgalo Leshabela
39 England DF Darnell Johnson
43 Poland GK Jakub Stolarczyk
44 England DF Vontae Daley-Campbell
45 England FW George Hirst
46 England MF Callum Wright
47 England FW Josh Felix-Eppiah
50 Republic of Ireland DF Darragh O'Connor
No. Position Player
51 England MF Callum Hulme
52 England DF Mitch Clark
53 England MF Tyrese Shade
55 Republic of Ireland FW Ali Reghba
England DF Sam Hughes
England MF Josh Knight
England MF Layton Ndukwu
England MF Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Denmark GK Daniel Iversen (at OH Leuven until the end of the 2020/21 season)
Ghana MF Kamal Sowah (at OH Leuven until the end of the 2020/21 season)

Under 18s[edit]

As of 27 July 2020[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Oliver Bosworth
United States GK Chituru Odunze
England DF Tom Sams
England DF Bailey Aisthorpe
England DF Oliver Murch
England DF Johnly Yfeko
England DF Daniel Obi
Antigua and Barbuda MF Kalis Gore
England MF Joshua Walsh
England MF Liam Loughlan
Wales MF Oliver Ewing
England MF Wanya Marcal-Madivadua
No. Position Player
England MF Ethan Fitzhugh
England MF Connor Barrett
58 England MF Adam Leathers
England MF Kasey McAteer
Portugal MF Sidnei Tavares
Republic of Ireland MF Shane Flynn
59 England MF Dempsey Arlott-John
England MF Johnson Gyamfi
England FW Elliot Webber
65 England FW Terrell Pennant
61 Wales FW Will Russ
England FW Jahquan Springer


As of 09 June 2020[17]
Under-23 Management
Role Person
Under-23 Manager England Steve Beaglehole
Under-23 Coach England Ben Petty
Academy Team Management
Role Person
Academy Director England Jon Rudkin
Academy Manager England Ian Cawley
Head Of Academy Coach Development England Paul Cheney
Head of Education England Matthew Clarke
Lead Pro Development Coach Under-18s England Vacant
Lead Youth Development Coach Under-16s England Adam Barradell
Assistant Lead Youth Development Coach England Rodney Ballantine
Academy Goalkeeper Coach England Glyn Thompson
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach England Chris Organ
Head Academy Physiotherapist England Ben Harwood
Head of Academy Sports Science England Kevin Paxton
Academy Lead Sport Scientist England Gary Capes
Academy Lead Analyst England Ryan DeFreitas
Academy Recruitment England Bill Wall
Loans Manager England Guy Branston

Notable Graduates[edit]

Current Leicester City players in bold.



  • Premier Academy League
    • Winners: 2006-07
    • Group B Winners: 2009-10, 2011-12
    • Group B Runners Up: 2008-09, 2010-11
    • PL2 Division 1 Third Place: 2017-2018
  • HKFC International Soccer Sevens
    • Shield Winners: 2011-12
    • Cup Winners: 2012-13, 2016-17
    • Plate Winners: 2013-14
  • U21 Professional Development League 2 North Division
    • Winners: 2012-13
  • U15 Premier League Category 2 National Trophy
    • Winners: 2012-13


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