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)
Trevor Peake (Under-18s)
LeaguePremier League 2 D1 (2017-2018, 3rd of 12)
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 managed by Trevor Peake. Leicester City's academy has had category one status under the Elite Player Performance Plan since July 2013.

History[edit]

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 Under-21 league set up from the summer of 2012. Trevor Peake and Chris Tucker currently look after the Under-18s, whilst Kevin Fogg and Paul Cheney are in charge of the under 16s and below.[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].

The Players[edit]

Under 23s[edit]

As of 04 February 2019[13][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
37 England MF Layton Ndukwu
40 Sweden GK Viktor Johansson
42 Wales GK Rhys Davies
45 England DF Sam Hughes
46 England MF Callum Wright
48 Guinea-Bissau MF Lamine Sherriff
49 England MF Kieran Dewsbury-Hall
50 Romania DF Alex Pașcanu
52 England FW Ryan Loft
53 England DF Louis Ramsay
No. Position Player
54 Spain FW Raul Uche
55 England MF Tyrese Shade
56 England FW Kairo Edwards-John
58 Republic of Ireland MF Conor Tee
59 South Africa MF Thakgalo Leshabela
60 England DF Calvin Ughelumba
63 England MF Dennis Gyamfi
94 Italy FW Davide Lorenzo
Brunei MF Faiq Bolkiah
Nigeria MF Habib Makanjuola
England FW Josh Felix-Eppiah

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
34 England DF Josh Knight (at Peterborough United until 30 June 2019)
39 England DF Darnell Johnson (at Hibernian until 30 June 2019)
England GK Max Bramley (at Telford United until 30 June 2019)
Denmark GK Daniel Iversen (at Oldham Athletic until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
England DF Elliott Moore (at OH Leuven until 30th of June 2019)
Ghana MF Kamal Sowah (at OH Leuven until 30th of June 2019)
Wales MF George Thomas (at Scunthorpe United until 30 June 2019)

Staff[edit]

As of 01 July 2018[16]
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 Technical Coaching England Dmitri Halajko
Head Of Academy Coach Development England Paul Cheney
Lead Pro Development Coach Under-18s England Trevor Peake
Lead Youth Development Coach Under-16s England Matt Goodwin
Assistant Lead Youth Development Coach England Rodney Ballantine
Academy Goalkeeper Coach England Glyn Thompson
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach England Tom Williams
Head Academy Physiotherapist England Ben Harwood
Assistant Academy Physiotherapist England Guy Rogers
Head of Academy Sports Science England Kevin Paxton
Academy Lead Sport Scientist England Gary Capes
Academy Lead Analyst England Ryan DeFreitas
Academy Analyst England Paul Mitchell
Academy Recruitment England Bill Wall
Loans Manager England Dean Hammond

Notable Graduates[edit]

Current Leicester City players in bold.

           

Honours[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leicester City Academy chief proud of emerging talent". Leicester Mercury. 5 September 2009.
  2. ^ "English football Hall of Fame – Frank McLintock". National Football Museum. 2009.
  3. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Coaching Staff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  4. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Academy Staff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  5. ^ "U21s Seal Top Spot With 3-0 Win". lcfc.com. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  6. ^ "Under-21s Edged Out By Cardiff". lcfc.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  7. ^ "Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown". lcfc.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  8. ^ "Leicester awarded Category One academy status". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  9. ^ "Premier League International Cup launched". premierleague.com. 2014-10-15. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  10. ^ "Report: Leicester City 2 Benfica 0". lcfc.com. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  11. ^ "Development Squad". lcfc.com. 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  12. ^ "Choudhury Makes Maiden England U21s Appearance". lcfc.com. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  13. ^ "Development Squad". lcfc.com. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  14. ^ "Leicester City under-23s v Swansea City live". www.leicestermercury.co.uk. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  15. ^ "Fleetwood vs Leicester City U21". sky sports.com. 2018-09-11. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  16. ^ "Academy Staff". lcfc.com. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-13.