Khanya Leshabela
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Thakgalo Leshabela

An Academy graduate who is impressing for Leicester City's Development Squad, Khanya Leshabela returned to the Club in January 2022 following a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.
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Full Name
Thakgalo Leshabela
Nationality
South Africa
Date of Birth
18 September 1999
Height
5'9" (175cm)
Weight
11st 5lbs (72kg)
Professional Debut
13 August 2016
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Exciting 19-year-old midfielder Khanya Leshabela joined the Foxes' Academy in March 2013.

Nominated for the Academy Player of the Year Award in 2017/18 after a season with the Under-18s, the South African has since continued his progression at Under-23 level in recent seasons.

He caught the eye with a stunning Premier League Cup strike against Nottingham Forest earlier in that campaign and also represented the Football Club three times in the 2016/17 UEFA Youth League.

In fine form for the Development Squad during the 2018/19 season, his performances earned him a place in the senior squad for the Carabao Cup game against Southampton in November.

Khanya signed a new long-term deal with the Club in January 2019, subsequently making his Premier League bow as a substitute in a 5-0 home win over Sheffield United in March 2021.

Also on the bench for several UEFA Europa League fixtures across 2020/21, the following season saw Leshabela loaned out to Shrewsbury, making a total of nine appearances for the Sky Bet League One outfit, including debuting in the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

The 22-year-old has since reintegrated into the Development Squad for the second half of the campaign, becoming an experienced head within the young side.

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