LCFC 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.

The Development Squad compete in Division 1 of the revamped Premier League 2 competition, which sees 24 teams who have attained Category 1 status in the Elite Player Performance Plan compete across two divisions with promotion and relegation.

Management

Steve Beaglehole has been the manager of Leicester City’s Development Squad since 2012/13 and has been assisted by former Aston Villa coach Ben Petty from 2016.

Under Beaglehole’s management, City have helped players such as Liam Moore, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes progress towards the first teams.

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Steve Beaglehole
Steve Beaglehole

Development Squad manager Steve Beaglehole.

On the pitch, meanwhile, his teams have consistently impressed with their entertaining and competitive style of play.

Beaglehole also took charge of a Leicester City Under-19s side as they competed against the likes of Porto, FC Copenhagen and Club Brugge in the 2016/17 UEFA Youth League.

Venue

 Under-23s fixtures have been played at a number of venues in recent seasons, but for the 2017/18 season, the majority of home fixtures will take place at Holmes Park, which is the home of the Leicestershire County FA.

A significant investment has been made by the Football Club towards improving the site, which led to crowds of more than 1,000 attending matches there last season.

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Holmes Park
Holmes Park

The official home venue of the Leicester City Development Squad.

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

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.

Recent overview

In five seasons, Leicester City’s Development Squad have enjoyed plenty of success, having won the Professional Development League 2 in 2012/13 before going on to lift the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens title later that summer.

As part of the 2013/14 Under-21 Premier League, a blistering end to the season saw Beaglehole’s Foxes finish sixth and secure a spot in the first-ever Premier League International Cup the follow year.

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City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Hamza Choudhury lifts the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens trophy in Hong Kong.

That pitted them against the likes of Benfica and Schalke during a run to the semi-finals, when they were beaten in extra-time by eventual winners Manchester City.

The Foxes also achieved a top-six finish in the 2014/15 season and with the introduction of promotion and relegation, once again maintained their elite status in 2015/16, which was a feat they would repeat last season too – thanks to a 4-1 last day victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

In May 2016, coached by Ben Petty, the Development Squad lifted their second Hong Kong Soccer Sevens title.

League record

2012/13 | Development League 2 North | 1st
2013/14 | U21 PL | 6th
2014/15 | U21 PL | 6th
2015/16 | U21 PL D1 | 10th
2016/17 | U23 PL D1 | 9th 

Cup record

2014/15 | PL I'national Cup | Semi-Finals
2015/16 | PL I'national Cup | Group Stage
2016/17 | PL I'national Cup | Group Stage

2013/14 | PL Cup | Round of 16
2014/15 | PL Cup | Round of 32
2015/16 | PL Cup | Round of 16
2016/17 | PL Cup | Group Stage

2012 | Soccer Sevens | Shield winners
2013 | Soccer Sevens | Cup winners
2014 | Soccer Sevens | Plate winners
2015 | Soccer Sevens | Plate runners-up
2016 | Soccer Sevens | Shield winners
2017 | Soccer Sevens | Cup winners

From the start of the 2017/18 season, all home PL2 games involving Leicester City’s Development Squad will be broadcast live on LCFC TV, as well as selected cup matches.

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Leicester City Development Squad
Leicester City Development Squad

The City Under-23s side walk out before facing FC Porto at King Power Stadium.

Playing squad

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.

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Daniel Iversen
Daniel Iversen

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
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.

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Max Bramley
Max Bramley

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
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.

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Cameron Yates
Cameron Yates

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
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.

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Alex Pascanu Academy Player Of The Year
Alex Pascanu Academy Player Of The Year

Alex Pascanu was named Leicester City's Academy Player of the Year for 2016/17.

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
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.

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Josh Knight
Josh Knight

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. 

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.

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Elliott Moore
Elliott Moore

Academy graduate Elliott Moore wins an aerial challenge.

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 OH Leuven on loan until January 2017.

Sam Hughes
Defender
Date of birth: 15 April, 1997

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

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Sam Hughes
Sam Hughes

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 Checkatrade Trophy defeat by Fleetwood Town in August 2017.

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.

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Darnell Johnson
Darnell Johnson

Darnell Johnson is a European champion at U19s level with England.

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
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.

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Connor Wood
Connor Wood

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
Defender
17 October, 1996

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

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Josh Debayo
Josh Debayo

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. 

At the beginning of the new 2017/18 season, he made his first appearance of the campaign during a loss to Fleetwood Town in the Checkatrade Trophy in August.

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.

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Harvey Barnes Awarded Development Squad Player of the Season
Harvey Barnes Awarded Development Squad Player of the Season

Harvey Barnes picks up his award for 2016/17 Development Squad Player of the Season in May.

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.

Barnes then joined Championship side Barnsley on a season-long loan the following August, scoring his first goal against Sunderland later that month.

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.

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George Thomas
George Thomas

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
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.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

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
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.

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Liandro Martis
Liandro Martis

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
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
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.

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City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Hamza Choudhury lifts the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens trophy in Hong Kong.

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.

After the pre-season Choudhury was named as the Development Squad's new captain after the departure of Elliott Moore on loan.

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.

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Lamine Kaba Sherif
Lamine Kaba Sherif

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.

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.

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Admiral Muskwe
Admiral Muskwe

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
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. 

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Layton Ndukwu with the Goal of the Season award
Layton Ndukwu with the Goal of the Season award

Ndukwu, 18, with his Goal of the Season award at Belvoir Drive.

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
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.

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Raul Uche Rubio
Raul Uche Rubio

The Foxes defeated Jersey 3-0 in a friendly earlier in 2017.

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
Forward
Date of birth: 10 October, 1994

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Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon

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.

Josh Eppiah
Forward
11 October, 1998

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Josh Eppiah
Josh Eppiah

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.

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