Player Profiles 2014/15Adam Smith | Goalkeeper | Born 23/11/1992
A talented goalkeeper with an imposing presence, Smith was a key member of the squad that achieved Hong Kong Soccer Sevens success over the past two seasons. The former Middlesbrough youngster also enjoyed an impressive 2013/14 in the league, and ended it on loan with Cambridge United, who he helped win promotion to League 2 with Conference play-off final victory over Gateshead at Wembley.
Alie Sesay | Defender | Born 25/07/1993
Sesay captained the Development Squad last season from the centre of defence, but is also an accomplished right-back, a position from which he regularly contributes. As well as being an influential member of City’s Under-21s Sesay made his league debut on loan with League 1 Colchester United against Sheffield United in February 2014. The youngster’s pace and power in City’s defensive third has proved to be an increasingly formidable weapon.
James Pearson | Defender | Born 19/01/1993
An accomplished operator at right-back and centre half, Pearson’s all-action style of defending has saw him play a key role for Beaglehole’s Development Squad in their successful 2013/14 season - an eye-catching goal in a 2-2 draw with West Ham highlighting the threat he carries going forward too. On top of his form at Under-21s level, the youngster also made his Football League debut on loan for Carlisle United in League 1.
Kieran Kennedy | Defender | Born 23/09/1993
A Manchester City youth product, Kennedy is a gritty centre half blessed with an outstanding ability to read the game from defence. The youngster has also appeared at right back on occasions for the Development Squad. On top of his defensive qualities, Kennedy is a threat from set pieces, with a couple of key goals to his name for City during the 2013/14 campaign.
Callum Elder | Defender | Born 27/01/1995
Australian youth international Elder has had a breakthrough season for City’s Development Squad at left back, putting in a string of impressive performances to help them win seven of their final eight games. The energetic full-back is a willing runner down the flanks and possesses an excellent delivery on his left foot.
Herve Pepe Ngoma | Defender | Born 08/04/1996
Last season proved to be a breakthrough one for defender Pepe Ngoma, whose performances for the Under-18s earned him the Academy Player of the Year award at the Club’s End of Season Awards. The youngster’s powerful all-action displays at the heart of defence impressed many in 2013/14, with a step-up to Under-21s level the next challenge for last season’s Under-18s captain.
Louis Rowley | Defender | Born 21/04/1995
Formerly on the books of Walsall, Rowley joined the Foxes in July 2014 from Manchester United on a one-year deal. He is a versatile left back who can also play a role in central midfield. The Nuneaton-born youngster is a strong and aggressive presence in defence and a player who has gained a reputation as a fierce tackler.
Ryan Watson | Midfielder | Born 07/07/1993
A former Wigan youngster, Watson linked up with Beaglehole’s Development Squad early in the 2013/14 season, and went on to forge impressive partnerships with Michael Cain and Jak McCourt at the heart of City’s midfield. The 20-year-old’s all-action displays caught the eye – particularly his brace of goals in a 4-0 win away at Arsenal.
Jak McCourt | Midfielder | Born 06/07/1995
McCourt is another member of the Development Squad to have made this Football League debut this season following a spell on loan with League 2 side Torquay United. A tough-tackling midfielder known for his quality from set pieces, McCourt has also been with the Under-21s for their previous two trips to the Hong Kong Soccers Sevens.
Michael Cain | Midfielder | Born 04/12/1994
Eight goals for the Development Squad last season capped a memorable year for one of City’s hottest young prospects. The youngster’s attacking instincts and set piece delivery have been key for the Foxes, and with league experience from a loan spell at Mansfield under his belt, the 2012/13 Academy Player of the Year is becoming a key player. Cain also scored a crucial goal in the final of the 2013 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens to help City beat Newcastle United.
Adam Dawson | Midfielder | Born 05/10/1992
Another addition to the squad for the 2013/14 season, Dawson proved to be a highly effective force on both flanks for the Foxes in their hunt for a top half finish. The highly-rated former Bury and Liverpool youngster joined City after a spell with Wigan, and immediately impressed with his trickery, creative spark and eye for goal.
Joe Dodoo | Midfielder | Born 01/06/1995
England youth international Dodoo is blessed with electric pace, brilliant dribbling ability and an eye for goal. The forward crowned an excellent 2013/14 season by appearing for first time in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, and he will be eager to continue the kind of form he showed for the Development Squad towards the back end of last season.
Marcel Barrington | Forward | Born 28/08/1995
A former Stoke City youngster, Barrington is a versatile striker with outstanding pace and power who is capable of turning any match. After joining City’s Development Squad earlier last campaign, Barrington has operated both through the middle and from the left, and has scored several spectacular goals, making him a difficult prospect for opposition defences.
Harry Panayiotou | Forward | Born 23/10/1994
A quick and tenacious forward capable of operating in wide positions or through the middle, Panyayiotou is beginning to carve out an impressive reputation for himself at Under-21s level. The youngster capped his first team debut as a 17-year-old with a goal against Leeds United, and last season he continued to progress with a string of crucial goals and polished performances.
Jacob Blyth | Forward | Born 14/08/1992
Since arriving from Leamington in the summer of 2012, Blyth’s progression as a striker has been particularly impressive, and has seen him pick up loan experience at Burton Albion, Notts County and most recently Northampton Town. He scored three times in eight appearances for the Cobblers, and then all four goals for City’s U21s in 4-1 win against Reading at the end of last season – underlining his reputation as a lethal finisher.
Jack Barmby | Forward | Born 14/11/1994
Son of former England international Nick and himself capped at England Under-19 level, Barmby joined Leicester in the summer of 2014 from Manchester United with a reputation as the scorer of spectacular goals. Quick and powerful, he can also operate from the left wing, but is at home behind the striker – a position from which he score five times in 17 games on loan for Hartlepool United last season.
Simonas Stankevicius | Forward | Born 03/10/1995
Top scorer for Leicester City’s Under-18s in 2013/14, Stankevicius will be in his first season for the Development Squad, but arrives with plenty of pedigree as a full international for Lithuania. He is powerful target man in attack with great awareness and a physical presence, along with a killer instinct in front of goal.