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        Young Guns Blog by John Jones

    page updated: Fri, 14 May 21 : 07:45 : refresh for updates [ scroll down to post your comments ]

    To read all last season blog posts scroll through posts on the young guns page

    James Crole (Cardiff City) born 2004, Forward.
    Update, The youngest player in the Under 18 squad. During 2019/20 season at 15 years old he had 10 appearances for the U18s, scoring 2 goals, with an extra time winner against Ipswich in the FA Youth Cup. This season as a first year scholar James has scored 14 league goals in 25 league appearances playing regularly at U18 level, scoring again in the FA Youth Cup games against Derby and West Brom. Shots to goals ratio is 1 in 4, he has also made 3 appearances at U23 level.
    ++George Baker-Moran (Gillingham) born 2003, Forward.
    George is another player that Neil has added to his list during the season with the notation of the need for official confirmation before he could be selected. I have not been able to locate much information other than he has been playing regularly for Gillingham’s U-18 team this season. I think that I have his birth year correct and that he is a second year scholar at the club.

    Marcus Dackers (Brighton and Hove Albion) born 2003, Midfielder.
    Marcus is almost at the end of his second season as a scholar with Brighton and so is almost at the completion of that phase of his career. He has not played in very many games for the Brighton U-18 team during this period. As a schoolboy, he was a member of the Wales squad that competed in the 2018/19 Victory Shield matches and last season played for the Wales U17 team.

    Iestyn Evans, Defender, Ethan Morgan, Forward, Evan Ovendale, Goalkeeper (Newport County) all born 2004.
    All three of these young men were part of the new intake of scholars that were signed by Newport last summer. They have been playing for the club’s U-18 team this season.

    Thomas Henson (Doncaster Rovers) born 2004, Defender.
    Thomas Henson played in the 2018 Cymru Cup matches and his club affiliation at that time was with York City. I am assuming that it is this same Thomas Henson that became a first year scholar with Doncaster this season. Judging from the line-ups for the Doncaster U-18 team that played in the FA Youth Cup matches, he has earned a regular place in that team.

    Kian Jenkins (Swansea City) born 2004, Defender.

    Kian played for Wales as a member of last season’s schoolboy squad who were co-champions of the Victory Shield competition. He is a first year scholar at Swansea this season but to the best of my knowledge has not played for the U-18 team so far. He is a very young member of the group and so may be playing for the U-16 team.

    Jack Masrani and Ethan Vaughan (Cardiff City) born 2003, Defenders.
    Both Jack and Ethan are nearing the completion of their second season as scholars at Cardiff. Over both seasons they have only played a few times for the U-18 team.

    Danny Wassell (Sheffield Wednesday) born 2003, Midfielder.
    Danny is a first year scholar with Wednesday and has made one appearance off the bench for their U-18 team this season.

    This week completes the names of all that I am aware of to mention in my weekly blogs. Over the last eight and a half months or so, around two hundred players who are either scholars or young professionals with their clubs have been deservedly mentioned. They are undoubtedly talented to have attained such a status and obviously all aspire to have a lengthy career as fulltime professionals. Unfortunately, it is only possible for relatively a few of them to succeed, as the competition they have to overcome to do so, is extremely difficult. Even though many will fall victim to the high attrition rate that is inevitable as the steps along the way to reaching their goal are encountered, we can congratulate them on their achievements. We can certainly wish all of them the best for their futures as well.

    As fans, we are always craving success for the Wales national teams and particularly so for the senior side. In recent times we have been greatly encouraged by the continuing improvements to the strength of the squad and the positive results that have been generated. It does seem that the potential for it to move forward in similar or even better fashion is a viable expectation and a great deal of credit must be given to all who have contributed to the development of Welsh football over the past couple of decades.

    As you have probably guessed, this will be the last version of young guns for this season. I am hoping that I have provided some amount of enjoyable reading along the way and do acknowledge my inadequacies which may prove frustrating to some of you. I present my opinion based on the information available to me and apologize for the times it is limited and vague.      

    I will close by wishing you all the best for the summer with the hope we can have some enjoyable times watching the European Championships in the weeks ahead. Of course, also wishing the team the best of fortunes as they compete in the tournament.

    ++ to be confirmed if eligible for Wales

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    Posted: Friday 14th May 2021
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