Leicester U.21 look up as next season will be make or break for several youngsters as club needs to change

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Leicester has not just seen their first team relegated, the U.21’s had the same faith. Ben Petty has this season played a relatively young team, without a proper set up and priorities are clear as players are send out on loan to get first team opportunities in the EFL lower tiers.

Kasey McAteer has been on the fringe of first team football at the club, playing 7 times in the last two seasons, but also experienced first team football on loan at Wimbledon and Forest Green. So far made a total of 30 first team appearances at his clubs. His contract expires in two years and could be vital as a good and flexible squad member.

Ben Nelson is also one to look at as his loan spell at Doncaster and Rochdale this season, gave him valuable game time, so far added up 24 first team appearances. The 19 year old defender has also featured at England U.19 level this season. Still very young, but at this stage of course one to look at as a fringe alternative.

Midfielder Will Alves also got his introduction last season, but a massive setback getting injured, but hopefully back in action during the summer and again fighting for a new chance to impress. Sammy Braybrooke is another young midfield talent. Alves (18) has made his debut in the first team, played 2 cup games. Exciting prosepect with an exciting future. England u.18 international and of course potential to make a breakthrough if getting back from his injury.

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Sammy Braybrooke (19) is also a player who got his chance in the first team last season, coming on as a sub in the cup game against Newport. Braybrooke is also an England u.19 international and one to really be following. He was also named on the bench for Premier League games this season, but still not done his league debut.

Portugal u.20 international Wanya Marcal Madivadua has been named on the bench by new interim manager Dean Smith, as his progress is monitored carefully. Madivadua has also played in the first team, as it all happened last season, but one to have a carefull eye on.

Tawanda Maswanhise (20) must also be tested as his presence in the u.21 set up has been impressive and he is a player with a future and should be given his bow soon. This could be a season for him to get a test, or at least be loaned out and given a chance and maybe one for OH Leuven to get him out and play at first team level.

Joe Wormleighton is also a player to look at with careful eyes as his progress has been seen over the last few seasons. Still just 19, turning 20 in December, and should be tested at first team level and become a player to consider.

The vital point for the next Leicester manager is to bring on a few talented youngsters and not fall into a trap of using massive amounts of money on fringe players and overlook the talents at the club.


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