Over the last couple of years we've brought in a good deal of highly rated prospects, and had a good few trialists in from all over the world too, such as the recent four from Uruguay.
However, I personally cannot keep track of all these players, whether they've joined or not, been loaned out or not, the fees involved, their best/preferred positions, or even their names.
Therefore I thought I'd ask your good selves to help me out
Below are the names of the players I can recall off the top of my head, as well as those I can find some info on on our homepage. I'll put them all in a list, and fill in as much info as I can. I think it would be interesting to see just who we've brought in for the Academy over the last couple of years, both to get up to speed but also to see what kind of prospects we've got on our books. I'll try and update the list with improved or new info as you post it.
I want the list to be a compilation of our most highly rated talent, though I won't include the likes of Sterling, Robinson or other established reserve team players, as we should really know who they are by now. I haven's seen too many games with our youngsters, so maybe some of the names on the list are redundant (see point above), and maybe some names really shouldn't be there at all. Please feel free to enlighten me, and fill in the blank fields in the list, as well as give suggestions for players that I've failed to mention
Also, feel free to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of any of the players, as well as how and why you rate them. Personally I know too little about these kids to really make much of a contribution in that respect.
NAME POSITION AGE FEE BROUGHT FROM/NATIONALITY Yalany Baio Defensive midfielder 18 ? Portugal Jordan Lussey Midfielder 18 ? ? (local lad?) Ryan McLaughlin Right-back (LB too?) 18 ? Northern Ireland Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper 18 ? Turkey Marc Pelosi Midfielder 18 ? DeAnza Force Club in California Matty Regan Central defender 18 ? Wrexham Brad Smith Left-back 18 ? Australian (played in England) Jamie Stephens Goalkeeper 19 ? Swindon Town Joao Carlos Teixeira Midfielder 19 Around 1 million Sporting Lisbon Danny Ward Goalkeeper 19 ? Wrexham Jordan Ibe Forward ? ? English Nacho Attacking midfielder ? ? Spanish Villyan Bijev Striker ? ? American/Bulgarian (or possibly German...) Marco Bueno Forward 17 ? Pachuca (Mexico), joining summer 2012 Dan Smith Midfielder 16 300,000 Crewe Alexandra