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        Young Guns Blog by John Jones

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    Adam Przybek (Ipswich Town ¿ on loan at Braintree), born 2000, Goalkeeper
    In his second season at Ipswich, Adam is presently on a short term loan of two months at Braintree. He was so coveted for his goalkeeping skills as a schoolboy, that after being initially involved with Wales he was then capped by England at that level. Affiliated with West Brom, he went on to spend two seasons as a scholar and then a further one as a fulltime professional with them before being released at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. He has played one first team game for Ipswich when appearing in the EFL Trophy last season and was been on the bench on one occasion for an FA Cup tie. Adam has played for Wales teams in the age grade levels and at present is a regular member of the U-21 squad and will remain eligible for the next two seasons. He will be aiming to consolidate that status by gaining as much experience as possible playing against tough opposition with an eventual arrival at selection for first team duty in the higher levels of the game the ultimate target. Should he achieve such goals, strong consideration for involvement with the Wales senior team would also be a likelihood in future seasons.

    George Ratcliffe (Cardiff City), born 2000, Goalkeeper
    George has been with Cardiff for over a decade and has progressed through the academy teams to first become a scholar for two seasons and then a fulltime professional with the club. Last season, his first as a member of the U-23 squad, he was loaned to Cymru Premier League side Barry Town. He certainly gained praise for some of his performances and would have almost certainly added to his dozen appearances for them had the season not been terminated early last spring. This season, he has remained at Cardiff and has been playing for their U-23 team. Over the years, starting as a schoolboy, George has been in regular attendance whenever Wales squads have been assembled. Playing for all the age grade teams in his various periods of eligibility, he has been a member of the U-21 squad for the past two seasons and has shared the matchday duties with Adam during that time. He is also one that will be on course for future senior international duty by developing his game to a level that sees him selected for first team duty at club level league football.

    David Robson (Hull City), born 2002, Goalkeeper
    Impressed by his performances in instances that included those when David represented the Wales schoolboy team in the 2017/18 season, Hull City negotiated a transfer for him to join their club as a scholar. He was previously an associated schoolboy with Heart of Midlothian in Scotland and the club accepted the offer for David to move on and ply the next phase of his trade with the Humberside club. For the next two seasons he was a member of their U-18 squad and this season is on fulltime professional terms as a member of their U-23 squad. In his two years as a scholar, David played regularly for the U-18's and also made a good number of appearances for the U-23 team as well as other occasions on the bench for that team. He is a member of a group of young goalkeepers who exhibit excellent ability and so have provided strong competition as they vie for playing times in the teams. This is again the situation this season, with shared duties for the U-23 team taking place. David played for the Wales U17 team in the 2018/19 season and is eligible for the U-19 team this season. If age grade international football is allowed to resume in the spring, he will almost certainly be selected in the squad.

    Cian Tyler (Coventry City), born 2002, Goalkeeper
    I believe that I am correct in stating that Cian was affiliated with Coventry academy teams for some seasons before joining the club on a fulltime basis at the start of the 2018/19 season, but cannot locate information to definitively confirm my suspicion. In his first season as a scholar, he was mostly on the bench for the U-18 team as the club had a very proficient second year scholar who was the regular choice for his position. Last season he made the position his own and was performing so well that the coaching staff determined that he was ready to be challenged further. As a result, a loan arrangement with local non-league club Barwell was agreed. Although he was only available in that situation for a few matches before the pandemic brought football to a halt, he impressed all concerned with his ability. This season, he is a member of the U-23 squad and is sharing duties with strong competition for playing time with that team. Cian's first involvement with Wales teams occurred in the second half of the 2017/18 season when he was selected for an U-16 squad. The 2002 born players had completed their eligibility as schoolboy internationals at that time and were playing preparation games as they transitioned to involvement in U-17 internationals in the following season. Cian was selected for the U-17 squad in 2018/19 and is expected to be involved with the U-19 squad if that scenario does develop later in the season.

    Lewis Webb (Swansea City), born 2001, Goalkeeper
    Lewis was a Merthyr Town player when he made his first appearance on a Wales squad list, selected as a member of those assembled for a training camp held in May 2019. It was for the group eligible for the U-19 squad that would compete in the 2019/20 season. Swansea had obviously noticed his potential prior to that time and so shortly after, he became a member of the playing staff at the Liberty Stadium club. His birth date is in the latter months of 2001 and so was eligible to play for the U-18 team, one he played for regularly last season, as well as also making some appearances for the U-23 team. This season he has been playing for the U-23 team, I cannot say exactly how many times as I do not have information for all their games. Lewis played for last season's Wales U-19 team that was successful in qualifying for the elite round of the UEFA competition. He also played for the Wales team that contested the preparation match against England as they anticipated playing the delayed elite round matches. The competition has now been cancelled by UEFA since that time, as the covid virus proved to be too tough an opponent to overcome in the attempt to reschedule the games in a safe manner. Lewis was named as the third goalkeeper when the most recent  Wales U-21 squad was announced and will continue to try and be a contender for selection in future seasons.

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    Posted: Friday 27th November 2020
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