Development Squad

Development Squad

Leicester City's Development Squad is managed by Under-23s coach Steve Beaglehole and play their football in Premier League 2 Division 1.

Upwards of 40 players featured for the Development Squad in Premier League 2 Division 1 during 2016/17 while many have also represented the Club in the UEFA Youth League (Under-19s), Checkatrade Trophy, Premier League Cup and Premier League International Cup over those 10 months.

Through City’s player-centred focus and ‘Committed to Excellence’ technical programme, the Club pledges to provide a first-class football experience for players between eight and 23-years-old – and the best chance of following in the footsteps of Academy graduates Andy King and Ben Chilwell.

As part of that pledge, the Club, in close co-ordination with the County FA, undertook an extensive redevelopment of Holmes Park in 2017 to make it suitable to host City’s rising stars and to bring the venue in line with Premier League and UEFA regulations.

Holmes Park
Holmes Park

The facilities include an improved playing surface, overseen by award-winning King Power Stadium groundsman John Ledwidge, alongside refurbished changing and medical rooms and the inclusion of new stands for spectators. 

As well as City’s Development Squad, grassroots football clubs from across the Leicestershire and Rutland region, including the annual finalists of the County Cup, will also benefit from the fantastic facilities at Holmes Park throughout the calendar year. 

For a guide to the Development Squad's pre-season schedule, click HERE.

Playing squad:

Daniel Iversen
Daniel Iversen

Daniel Iversen
Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 19 July, 1997

A talented shot-stopper, Denmark youth international Daniel Iversen joined the Club in January 2016 on a three-and-a-half-year contract from Esbjerg for an undisclosed fee before immediately impressing for the Development Squad.

His ability sees him regarded as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Europe. Having played for the Danish youth sides at Under-16s and Under-19s levels, Iversen has plenty of experience, too, despite his age.

Iversen made 15 appearances for the City Development Squad as they secured their Premier League 2 Division 1 status at the end of last season. Included within those were numerous fine displays to help his side pick-up crucial victories over the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Max Bramley
Max Bramley

Max Bramley
Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 11 November, 1997

Goalkeeper Max Bramley enjoyed a successful 2014/15 campaign with the Club’s Under-18s before making the step up to the Development Squad with great success on several occasions the following season.

The young stopper was a key figure for the Club at the 2016 Hong Kong Citi Soccer Sevens. Last year, Bramley represented the Foxes during their maiden UEFA Youth League appearance while also continuing his duties with the Under-18s.

Lining up against experienced opposition in Club Brugge, FC Porto and Copenhagen, the 19-year-old acquitted himself admirably in Europe. Bramley, meanwhile, also represented the Club against professional outfits during the 2016/17 Checkatrade Trophy. He signed a new two-year deal in July, 2017.

Cameron Yates
Cameron Yates

Cameron Yates
Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 14 February, 1999

An authoritative shot-stopper, Cameron Yates proved his credentials for the Club in the FA Youth Cup during the 2016/17 campaign.

The 18-year-old, a product of City’s Academy at Belvoir Drive, will join the Development Squad ranks under Steve Beaglehole in the summer of 2017. For a brilliant save against Middlesbrough in the Youth Cup back in February of the same year, Yates was presented with the Save of the Season award.

Alex Pascanu
Alex Pascanu

Alex Pascanu
Defender
Date of birth: 28 September, 1998

Having emerged from the City Under-18s squad, Alex Pascanu's rise within the ranks at Belvoir Drive continued in earnest during 2016/17. After impressing in the UEFA Youth League, the Romanian youth international has now cemented a place alongside Elliott Moore in the Development Squad as well.

Pascanu moved to the United Kingdom at the age of four and has been on the books at Leicester from eight. The 18-year-old travelled with the Club to the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in January 2017 before also featuring at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong the following May.

The 2016 Academy Player of the Season scored three goals in total for City last term. He also got on the scoresheet against Copenhagen in the UEFA Youth League before signing a professional contract with the Club in the summer of 2017.

Josh Knight
Josh Knight

Josh Knight
Defender
Date of birth: 7 September, 1997

Josh Knight is another imposing centre-half that has progressed well through the Club’s Academy set-up and enjoyed his first full season with the Development Squad last term. In February 2017, he found the net during a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in Premier League 2 after a strong debut season.

Despite only breaking through into the Under-23s ranks after Christmas, Knight ended 2016/17 among the highest appearance makers. The Fleckney-based defender won a scholarship with the Club at 16-years-old after playing locally in the Harborough district in the south of Leicestershire.

Knight was one of four defenders taken out to Hong Kong in the summer of 2017 to participate in the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens after helping the Development Squad stave off relegation in Premier League 2. He penned a new two-year contract in July, 2017.

Callum Elder
Callum Elder

Callum Elder
Defender
Date of birth: 27 January, 1995

A left-back that can also operate at centre-half, Australian youth international Callum Elder joined the Foxes in 2013 and signed a new deal to keep him at the Club until 2019. He later joined Championship side Barnsley on loan, having previously spent time at Mansfield Town, Peterborough United and Brentford.

While with the Tykes in the second tier, Elder made five appearances, including his last outing during a final day clash with Newcastle United in front of 52,276 spectators at St James’ Park. An attack-minded full-back who likes to overlap with pace and purpose, Elder is highly-regarded by staff at Belvoir Drive.

During his time at Peterborough, meanwhile, Elder scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 win over Doncaster Rovers. Elder also made 20 appearances for Mansfield Town in the second half of the 2014/15 season.

Elliott Moore
Elliott Moore

Elliott Moore
Defender, Captain
Date of birth: 16 March, 1997

A key member of the City Under-18s side that became only the second in the Club’s history to make it to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup during the 2014/15 campaign, Elliott Moore is a tough-tackling centre-back who now captains the Development Squad.

An England youth international, Moore also played a major role in the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens Soccer Sevens Shield victory back in May 2016. The 20-year-old scored two goals last term, including a crucial leveller at Reading in April, and was later on the fringes of the First Team squad in 2017.

Moore made his debut for the England Under-18s during a 2-1 reverse against Russia back in June 2015. He was then a part of England's Toulon Tournament title-winning squad in the summer of 2017, a competition for Under-20s internationals, before joining Craig Shakespeare's seniors in Austria and Hong Kong.

Sam Hughes
Sam Hughes

Sam Hughes
Defender
Date of birth: 15 April, 1997

Highly-rated defender Sam Hughes, 20, will join the Development Squad on 1 July, after agreeing a move from National League club Chester on a three-year deal.

The powerful centre-half was Chester’s Player of the Year last season, winning a host of admirers for his mature and consistent performances at the heart of the Blues defence. He joined City following the expiration of his contract. Hughes made his debut for the Club during a pre-season friendly win against Jersey in July.

Darnell Johnson
Darnell Johnson

Darnell Johnson
Defender
Date of birth: 3 September, 1998

Able to operate at either right-back or centre-back, defender Darnell Johnson is blessed with natural power and pace. Johnson is also the godson of City Academy graduate and former striker Emile Heskey.

During the 2016/17 season, he became a regular in Steve Beaglehole's starting line-up and represented the Club at the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in Germany. Over the course of the campaign, a year which saw City confirm their Premier League 2 Division 1 status, he made 15 appearances for the Under-23s.

In the summer of 2017, Johnson was a key figure behind the Club’s second Hong Kong Citi Soccer Sevens title. He also tasted success on the international stage, making three appearances, including in the final, as England won the 2017 UEFA U19 Euros in Georgia. 

Connor Wood
Connor Wood

Connor Wood
Defender
Date of birth: 17 July, 1996

With raw pace and an industrious nature, Connor Wood has been a regular starter for the City Under-23s squad in recent times. Usually playing on the opposite side of Alex Pascanu in left-back, Wood can also line-up on the flanks if called upon.

In 2016, City signed Wood after two years at Chesham United. Prior to his King Power Stadium switch, the 20-year-old defender was voted Young Player of the Season at The Meadow before reaching the final 23-man squad in the Nike Academy Most Wanted Global Showcase competition.

Wood’s talent was on show again in 2017 when he helped City win the Hong Kong Citi Soccer Sevens in Happy Valley.

Josh Debayo
Josh Debayo

Josh Debayo
Defender
17 October, 1996

Now 20-years-old, central defender Josh Debayo started his fledgling career with Southampton during the 2015/16 season.

Following a short trial with the Club in October of 2016, Debayo joined Leicester City shortly after during the Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign. 

Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes
Midfielder
Date of birth: 9 December, 1997

With quick feet and the ability to score superb solo goals, midfielder Harvey Barnes is a rising star. He appeared for the First Team at FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League.

Later joining Sky Bet League 1 outfit MK Dons on loan, where he scored five goals in 23 appearances under former Fox Robbie Neilson, he returned to register a brace for the Under-23s against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in May 2017.

His breakthrough season was rewarded with the Development Squad Player of the Season award before his international debut in a 1-0 group stage victory for England against Angola at the Toulon Tournament.

George Thomas
George Thomas

George Thomas
Midfielder
Date of birth: 24 March, 1997

George Thomas, who can play both as a striker and in midfield, joined the Club for an undisclosed fee in August 2017 after a breakthrough campaign for Coventry City that saw him score nine times in 36 appearances.

Born in Leicester, Thomas came through the ranks at Coventry before making his professional debut as a 16-year-old in League 1 against Leyton Orient in January 2014.

He continued to make a growing impact for the Sky Blues over the next few seasons, before ending the last campaign as the club’s top scorer with seven league goals.

He scored the decisive goal at Wembley in May as Coventry overcame Michael Appleton’s Oxford United 2-1 to lift the EFL Trophy and picked up even more experience out on loan with Yeovil Town during the 2015/16 campaign.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Midfielder
6 September, 1998

Industrious central midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has continued to impress for the Under-18s, helping the team reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

The 18-year-old scored from long range during a 3-1 success over Leyton Orient in the third round before delivering a standout display against eventual 2017 winners Chelsea.

Promoted to the Development Squad in March of that year, the Shepshed-based Academy product made his debut at Under-23s level during a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. As reward for his efforts, Dewsbury-Hall signed his first professional contract in 2017.

Liandro Martis
Liandro Martis

Liandro Martis
Midfielder
Date of birth: 13 November, 1995

A Curacao international who previously had a trial at Manchester United, Liandro Martis signed for the Club during the summer of 2016.

Sidelined with injury for much of the 2016/17 season, Martis has already shown glimpses of his talent during his short stay with the Foxes and is thought of as a promising talent for future campaigns at King Power Stadium.

He showcased that potential while out in Hong Kong for the Foxes at the Citi Soccer Sevens in the summer of 2017, scoring against the HKFC Captain’s Select in the opening Group A fixture.

Dylan Watts
Dylan Watts

Dylan Watts
Midfielder
11 April, 1997

Republic of Ireland Under-19s international Dylan Watts signed from University College Dublin AFC on 1 September, 2016.

He made a total of eight appearances during his first season with the Club’s Development Squad. 

Hamza Choudhury
Hamza Choudhury

Hamza Choudhury
Midfielder
Date of birth: 1 October, 1997

A tough-tackling talent in the centre of midfield, Hamza Choudhury often acts as a defensive guard in front of the back line.

His performances in 2015/16 saw him secure a loan move to Sky Bet League 1 outfit Burton Albion, helping them gain promotion to the Championship.

Choudhury captained the 10-man squad who travelled to Hong Kong for the Citi Soccer Sevens before lifting the trophy in Happy Valley in May 2017.

Lamine Kaba Sherif
Lamine Kaba Sherif

Lamine Kaba Sherif
Midfielder
Date of birth: 27 January, 1999

Lamine Kaba Sherif is a battling midfielder with a turn of skill, as he proved so effectively during a landmark season during the 2016/17 campaign.

The 18-year-old broke into the Development Squad following a string of commanding and noteworthy displays for the Under-18s both in the league programme and the FA Youth Cup under Trevor Peake.

Along with many among the Club’s youth ranks, he was instrumental in the 2017 HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens victory in Hong Kong. He put pen to paper on a professional deal in June, 2017.

Faiq Bolkiah
Faiq Bolkiah

Faiq Bolkiah
Midfielder
Date of birth: 9 May, 1998

Faiq Bolkiah, born in 1998 in Los Angeles, joined Leicester City in March 2016.

Before arriving at King Power Stadium, the Brunei international, who has made five appearances for his country, also had spells at Arsenal and Chelsea’s academies.

Admiral Muskwe
Admiral Muskwe

Admiral Muskwe
Forward
Date of birth: 21 August, 1998

Striker Admiral Muskwe enjoyed a fine 2015/16 campaign, hitting double figures for the Club’s Under-18s, including back-to-back hat-tricks, before making the step up to the Development Squad.

Muskwe scored on his first start for Steve Beaglehole’s outfit and added a brace at both Nottingham Forest and Sunderland before suffering an injury in March.

The young attacker’s reputation in the game has continued to grow over recent seasons with the Club’s staff positive of his future in the game.

Layton Ndukwu
Layton Ndukwu

Layton Ndukwu
Forward
Date of birth: 7 September, 1998

Another England youth international within the Development Squad’s ranks is Layton Ndukwu who hit a treble for the Young Lions’ Under-17s side back in October 2014.

With bags of pace and trickery, Ndukwu can operate on the wing or through the middle and is known for his unique turn of skill. 

He scored from the half-way line against Liverpool in December 2016 - a strike which won Goal of the Season - as well as a fantastic curled effort during the Foxes' 2-1 success over Arsenal at Holmes Park.

Raul Uche Rubio
Raul Uche Rubio

Raul Uche Rubio
Forward
Date of birth: 8 October, 1997

Striker Raul Uche joined the Foxes from Rayo Vallecano on a four-year deal in the summer of 2016 after scoring some stunning goals for the Spanish outfit.

Uche has already added a significant goalscoring threat to an already talented set of Development Squad attackers during his short stint with the Club.

Towards the end of his first season, in City's first match at Holmes Park, Uche scored a brilliant goal from distance in a 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon
Forward
Date of birth: 10 October, 1994

Josh Gordon is a powerful forward known for his direct playing style. He signed at King Power Stadium in April 2017 from Stafford Rangers after spending a short spell on trial with the Club.

Gordon was a prolific attacking outlet for Stafford before joining City with 11 goals in 2016/17 in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. He quickly made an impression with goals against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old then scored three at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in May 2017.

Joshua Eppiah
Joshua Eppiah

Josh Eppiah
Forward
11 October, 1998

Having impressed for Trevor Peake’s Academy side, Josh Eppiah was selected for the 10-man squad travelling to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in Hong King back in May.

He scored eight goals across the weekend as well as a brace in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final before being awarded the Player of the Tournament prize.

Coaching staff:

Steve Beaglehole
Steve Beaglehole

Steve Beaglehole
Senior Professional Development Phase Coach (U23s Manager)

Ben Petty
Ben Petty

Ben Petty
Assistant Senior Professional Development Phase Coach (U23s Coach)

Glyn Thompson
Glyn Thompson

Glyn Thompson
Academy Lead Goalkeeping Coach

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