To watch younger players progress is fantastic and as a grand admirer of youth development and producing your own talents and bringing them on is one of the most valuable assets you have and also to have a first team manager at the club that is not affraid of soft introductions you feel fantastic.
Yesterday Leicester had their own little cruise on the south coast taking on AFC Bournemouth in the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup and when the final whistle blew goals from Cover 2, Braybrooke, Alves and Popov secured a solid 5-1 win.
The game looked as a one way show, but early on Bournemouth took the lead. Leicester goalkeeper Doherty also made crucial saves. But over two halfs it was no real discussion about what team would come out as winners, goals coming thick and fast from this talented group of Leicester players.
Leicester U.18’s are on a massive run of great results. To date a 10 game unbeaten run with the last 7 being wins. The game against The Cherries shows that this group of talent is special and TCF looks forward to follow these players on as they take their next steps. Some of them are allready involved in first team action and affairs.
Everton or Man Utd will be next for Leicester as they take on their next challenge under current boss Adam Barradell. This an interesting man to follow as he takes his steps going forward. In the spirit of Brendan Rodgers we all do see that people in the game push on as they find their place in an professional environment without having a grand playing career in the baggage.
Barradell is a well educated coach with university sports degrees and makes him one to watch as his presence and progress with Leicester is no coincidence.
Sammy Braybrooke is a player that we have spoken highly of before and yesterday pivotal in the 5-1 win. The England U.18 captain has been comparred to a Ballon d’or. Brendan Rodgers will hopefully see the challenge of bringing forward more massive assets as his goal must be to build the future on work done so brilliantly in the academy set up.
The 6th round will be played against Everton or Man Utd as the two makes up on the 9th of February.
Leicester line-up; Doherty, Nelson, Lindsay, Braybrooke (c), Wilson-Brown, Godsmark-Ford, Wormleighton, Cartwright, Popov (Briggs, 87), Alves, Butterfil (Cover, 77’) Unused subs: Grist, Cook, Kutshienza, Lewis, Chibeuze (g/k)
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