Wanya Marçal
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Wanya Marçal

Academy graduate Wanya Marçal made his full debut in the win over Huddersfield Town on week two of the promotion-winning Sky Bet Championship season. The following matchday, at home to Cardiff City, brought his first senior goal.
Wanya Marçal
Full Name
Wanya Marçal
Nationality
Portuguese
Date of Birth
19 October 2002
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In January 2022, Marçal was rewarded for his fine form for the Club's Development Squad with a maiden senior Leicester City senior appearance. A half-time substitute in that 4-1 Emirates FA Cup victory at King Power Stadium, it's been a rapid rise for Marçal, who made his debut for City's Under-18s in February 2020 - his sole U18 Premier League appearance of the campaign.

The following season, the winger became a regular for the Under-18s side, scoring and assisting once in 16 league games, while also hitting three goals in three FA Youth Cup games. That form earned him call-ups to the Development Squad on four occasions, debuting for the Under-21s in September 2020. 

In 2021/22, the Portugal youth international, who has four Under-20 caps to his name, starred for the Club's Development Squad, hitting six goals in 24 PL2 matches, as well as twice appearing in the Papa Johns Trophy, alongside his first-team debut. The midfielder was also named on the bench for three European fixtures.

The Portuguese star, who operates in the middle of the park or from a wide position, scored several important goals, including three late winners in Premier League 2 Division 1 victories over West Ham United (twice) and Brighton & Hove Albion. 

His importance to the Under-21s only heightened across 2022/23, with regular PL2 starts, earning a place in the Premier League matchday squad on two occasions. He remains involved with the senior squad in the new season.

A prominent feature at the start of the 2023/24 campaign, Marçal's first goal for the Club followed his full debut and was a scorcher in a 2-1 home win over Cardiff City in August.

Playing a further six times in the First Team, contributing to City being crowned Championship champions, the attacker also picked up further minutes in PL2 and the EFL Trophy for the Under-21s, after signing a new contract in December that extended his stay with the Football Club until the summer of 2026.

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