Jonny Maddison made a number of appearances for City’s Under-21s last season, keeping several clean sheets and putting in some good performances on the way. Maddison helped the Development Squad lift the Westerby Cup Winners’ Cup last season.
Max Smith-Varnam – Goalkeeper
A talented shot-stopper with plenty of potential, Max Smith-Varnham was another key figure in the Under-18s’ run to the FA Youth Cup Semi-Final last season, as well as impressing in the Barclays U18 Premier League. Swift progression has seen Smith-Varnham make the step up to Steve Beaglehole’s Development Squad for the 2015/16 campaign.
Ben Chilwell – Defender
England Under-19s international Ben Chilwell made the step up from City’s Under-18s to the Development Squad last season. He netted his first goal for the Under-21s against Norwich and put in some superb performances for Steve Beaglehole’s side. A promising left-back with undoubted talent, Chilwell also captained only the second ever City Under-18s side to an FA Youth Cup Semi-Final in what turned out to be a fantastic season for the young defender.
Cedric Kipre – Defender
Central defender Cedric Kipre impressed on a number of occasions for the Under-18s last season, also making appearances for the Development Squad towards the end of 2014/15. His solidity went a long way in helping the Under-18s to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Conor Anderson – Defender
A centre back with fine aerial ability, Conor Anderson missed much of the Under-18s’ 2014/15 season with a knee problem. With clear defensive talent, Anderson will provide plenty of competition for spaces at the heart of Steve Beaglehole’s defence in 2015/16.
Elliott Moore – Defender
Elliott Moore was another one of City’s Under-18s who made the step up to Under-21s level in the 2014/15 campaign. Moore’s presence at centre back, where he played a key role for his side’s surge to the FA Youth Cup Semi-Final, earned him his first international call-up for England Under-18s in June, making his debut against Russia.
Joe Davis – Defender
A tough-tackling centre back, Joe Davis scored his first goal for the Development Squad against Liverpool in May 2015. The defender, who signed from Port Vale in June 2014, also helped City to a number of impressive clean sheets last season.
Callum Elder – Defender
Australian youth international Elder spent the first half of 2014/15 at either centre back of left back for City’s Development Squad, putting in a string of impressive performances. The energetic full-back then headed out to Mansfield Town on loan, helping the Stags secure their League 2 status.
Alie Sesay – Defender
Captain of the Under-21s on a number of occasions in 2014/15, Alie Sesay is a powerful and pacey central defender. His performances at the heart of City’s back four earned him his first international call-up on October 2014, when he helped Sierra Leone to a clean sheet against Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Matty Miles – Midfielder
A set-play specialist, Matty Miles boasts superb distribution from the heart of midfield. Often operating in the centre of the pitch for the Club’s Under-18s, Miles can also operate well at right back to. His form last season saw him make the step up to the Development Squad, where he impressed on a number of occasions.
Michael Cain – Midfielder
Exciting midfielder Michael Cain made his Leicester City debut against Shrewsbury Town in August 2014, before spending the majority of the 2014/15 season on loan at Walsall. During his 38 appearances for the Saddlers, Cain helped the League 1 side to their first ever appearance at Wembley, where they faced Bristol City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final.
Jak McCourt – Midfielder
Set-play specialist Jak McCourt enjoyed a fine 2014/15 campaign, netting on a number of occasions, including a stunning 30-yard strike against West Ham United on the final day of the season. McCourt’s distribution from midfield is certain to continue to cause havoc for opposition defences in the upcoming season. The central midfielder also enjoyed a spell on loan at Torquay United in 2013/14.
Ryan Watson – Midfielder
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. While Watson missed the majority of the 2014/15 campaign due to injury, he made his first team debut against Shrewsbury Town in August.
Jack Barmby – Midfielder
Son of former England international Nick and himself capped at England Under-19 and Under-20 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 a number of times from last campaign. Barmby also enjoyed a spell out on loan at Rotherham United, making two appearances for the Millers.
Joe Dodoo – Midfielder
Winger Joe Dodoo weighed in with eight goals last season, which included a brace against Liverpool at King Power Stadium in April. Dodoo is an England youth and is blessed with electric pace, brilliant dribbling ability and an eye for goal.
Kyle Bailey – Midfielder
Kyle Bailey often provides a suitable threat from wide positions, creating chances with pin-point crosses and delicate through-balls. A tricky winger with plenty of imagination, Bailey will again hope to impress in 2015/16.
Brandon Fox – Midfielder
The suitably named Brandon Fox is part of a crop of exciting young attackers rising through the ranks at Leicester City. Mainly operating on the left side of midfield, Fox provides a constant danger in both the creative and goalscoring ranks.
Andre Olukanmi – Midfielder
Andre Olukanmi is a tricky and extremely quick player capable of dribbling the ball past players successfully. Often operating on the left side of midfield, Olukanmi missed the majority of last season due to injury.
Danny Rowe – Forward
Pace, skill and an eye for goal are the key aspects of Danny Rowe’s game. Finding the back of the net for City’s Under-18s on a number of occasions last season, Rowe provides a constant threat up front, often operating in a No.10 role in behind the striker.
Keenan King – Forward
A powerful striker who is a scorer of all types of goals, Keenan King finished as the Under-18s’ top scorer with 14 goals last campaign. King netted what could be considered as one of the best goals of the season last year, hammering in an unstoppable half-volley from 25-yards against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Harry Panayiotou – Forward
With an unquestionable goalscoring record, striker Harry Panayiotou will look to pick up where he left off last season. A sensational spell of 11 goals in 10 games for the Under-21s saw the frontman earn March’s Player of the Month award, pipping fellow Fox Jak McCourt to the accolade. Last season also saw Panayiotou become the first ever Leicester City player to score an international hat-trick when he netted a treble against Turks and Caicos in March. The striker capped a memorable season by earning Under-21s Player of the Year award for 2014/15.
Simonas Stankevicius – Forward
Forward Simonas Stankevicius netted three times in his first season for the Development Squad, having finished as top scorer for the Club’s Under-18s in the 2013/14 campaign. A full international with Lithuania, Stankevicius played at Wembley against England on front of over 80,000 people back in March 2015.
Jacob Blyth – Forward
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 Northampton Town before another spell at Burton in 2014/15, where he scored five times for the Brewers.