We all love that feeling of seeing new faces coming into the first team especially when they are local and gone all the steps in the ladder inside the clubs own academy structure. Kasey McAteer is the latest of those players as he made his debut against Newcastle.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Harvey Barnes and Luke Thomas are all players from the academy making the starting line-up for this game and they are all in the same category as Kasey McAteer.
We have seen debuts for a number of younger players from the academy and also players establishing themselves as first team seniors over the time Brendan Rodgers has been in charge. The ultimate man must be Ben Chilwell who came in for nothing and sold on for £50million.
We have seen this before as the club can line-up grand development for their own players making it to international recognition. Peter Shilton, David Nish, Steve Whitworth, Gary Lineker and Emile Heskey were all own recruits and as this has continued we feel it is a lovely development under Brendan Rodgers.
Kasey McAteer follows Khanya Leshabela, Vonta Dailey-Campbell, Sidnei Tavares, George Hirst, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Luke Thomas all home grown making their first team debut under Brendan Rodgers.
Players such Ethan Fitzhugh, Ben Nelson, Thanawat Suengchittawon, Tawanda Maswanhise and Josh Eppiah are others to have featured in games of pre-season. Kamal Sowah returned to the club from OH Leuven in the summer, but with a bit of uncertainty about his first team future at the club he left and signed for FC Brugge.
Kasey McAteer is a 20 year old midfielder joining the club at the age of eight. He has worked his way forward and so far played 13 games this season in PL2 and 3 in the EFL Trophy. He is on a contract that is running until the summer of 2022. Other stats so far are 2 goals and 2 assits from his appearances in PL2.
Last season we did see a bit of struggle in the results for the development teams, but this season things have changed, players getting a year older and of course a number of new editions makes it easy to see what Brendan Rodgers are doing, there are many very interesting players to follow.
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