Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones.
Young guns news -
Nicky Adams (Leicester/Rochdale)
Has joined Rochdale on a months loan as he bids to get more playing time under
his belt. The Wales U21 international has played 16 times for the Foxes this
season but has not figured that much of late and felt that a move away would be
beneficial to his progress.
Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Started for the
reserves on Tuesday night as they took on Hull City at the Halton Stadium.
Craig played 90 minutes in the back four, but victory proved elusive as the
second string lost 1-0.
Ryan Doble (Southampton - midfielder) Came off the bench
and played 30 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday night as he starts to get more
game time for the seniors. The Wales U19 international unfortunately was not on
the winning side as Millwall won 2-1 and could have had a goal but for a good
save from Lenny Pidgeley whilst one on one. Doble was also
praised on the weekend by youth team coach Stewart Henderson who was described
his performance as excellent during his sides defeat by West Ham.
Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) + Keiron Freeman (Nottingham
Forest - defender) Came face to face last Saturday morning as the
Forest U18 team travelled to Tyneside to face Newcastle. The Wales youth team
internationals played 90 minutes as the game finished 1-1 with Forest claiming
their first away point this season.
Sam Hart (Preston - defender/midfielder) Started and
played 90 minutes as the U18 team stuck an amazing eleven goals past Blackpool
Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Was back with the
youth team last Saturday as they took a bit of a tonking from West Ham. The
game finished 4-1 to the Hammers with McLaggon getting an assist for the
Saints. On Tuesday night the Barry born youngster was back on song with a goal
for reserves in the 2-1 defeat by Millwall, with McLaggon getting the loan
Alex Titchiner (Crewe - striker) Got on the score sheet
again, his second in less than a week as Crewe put the disappointment of losing
in the FA Youth Cup behind them with a 3-0 win against Everton at the weekend.
The North Wales born striker bagged his sides second as they cruised to a win
Sam Wedgbury (Sheffield Utd/Ferencvaros - midfielder) Has
joined Ferencvaros in Hungary on loan as he looks to get match experience under
his belt. The Worcester born midfielder is one of three Blades academy players
who will travel to Budapest for a season long loan.
Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace/Bournemouth -
defender) Got his debut for the Cherries last Saturday as they
travelled to Rotherham in League Two. The Wales U21 international played 90
minutes, but it was not to be a winning debut as they lost 1-0. He was joined
in the starting XI by Joe Partington (Bournemouth -
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough - defender) Played 90 minutes
as he continued his rehabilitation after lateral knee ligament damage.
Unfortunately, similar to the seniors, the reserves lost on Merseyside as
Liverpool won 2-0. Although the Perth born defender will be pleased to have
lasted the distance and will now target a possible loan spell and an appearance
for the U21's in Belfast.
Young guns news -
Joe Allen (Swansea - midfielder) Started
again as the Swans broke their series of defeats with a 2-0 win against
Burnley. The Wales U21 international played 65 minutes as Roberto Martinez' men
picked up three points at Turf Moor.
Grant Basey (Charlton - defender/midfielder) And his team
mates fought for everything as The Valley crowd turned on them during the FA Cup
replay against Norwich in midweek. Basey was back in the starting XI after Jay
McEveley returned to Derby. The Wales U21 international got stuck in from the
off as the Addicks ran out 1-0 winners and probably put paid to Glenn Roeder
keeping his job.
Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - midfielder) And the Foxes
U18 team won their first game after the winter break last weekend. The Wales
U19 started the game as Leicester beat Charlton 4-2.
Simon Church (Reading - striker) Had a good run out for
the reserves in midweek as the Royals beat Brighton 3-0. The Wales U21
international had a hand in one of the goals, but will realise that he may have
to leave the club once again to get regular match football if he is going to
continue to progress in hir career.
Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Started as the Everton
youth team took on Burnley on Wednesday night in the FA Youth Cup. And it was
the Toffeemen who were victorious, cruising through to the next round with a 3-1
win. The Burnley consolation goal was created after a good cross from
Liam Newman (Burnley - striker) who was a second half sub.
Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) Played 90 in defence
as Newcastle youth travelled to London to play QPR in the FA Youth Cup. The
young left back put in an impressive shift as the game finished 3-1 win the
Magpies coming out on top.
Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) Played 90
minutes as the Forest youth team beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup this
week. The former Wales U16 international was close to getting on the score
sheet as well with a curling free kick.
Gerwyn Jones (Tranmere - defender/midfielder) Scored one
of the pressure penalties in the penalty shoot out as the FA Youth Cup tie
between Rovers and Cardiff City finished 0-0 after normal time. Unfortunately
for Jones his side lost the shoot out after sudden death. Unfortunately
Ashton Taylor (Tranmere - midfielder) was sent off for a second
bookable during the match.
Adam Matthews (Cardiff City - defender) Has signed his
first professional contract at Ninian Park, and all this in a week where the
City youth team advanced to the next round of the FA Youth Cup. Although the
youngster missed his penalty during the shoot out, the FAW Trust young player of
the year will now look to follow in the footsteps of players such as Aaron
Ramsey and Joe Ledley and make the step up into the first team squad.
Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Kept a clean sheet
as Watford stung the Saints in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night. North made
several fine saves as Southampton applied pressure on the Hornets, mostly
through the pace of Kayne McLaggon (Southampton -
midfielder/striker) who did everything but score. The game
eventually finished 1-0. The Southampton starting XI also contained Ryan
Doble (Southampton - midfielder) and Gary Preen (Southampton -
Rhys Taylor (Chelsea - goalkeeper) Preserved his sides
point with several fine saves as the Blues drew 1-1 with Fulham in a mini
reserve derby on Monday night. The Wales U21 international keeper made some top
drawer stops as the Cottagers hammered at the door late on. He will now face a
battle with Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) for the U21
number one jersey.
Alex Titchiner (Crewe - striker) And the Crewe Youth team
squandered a 2-0 lead in the FA Youth Cup against Birmingham this week.
The striker scored his sides second goal after pouncing on a rebound off the
post, but shortly after the Railwaymen came off the tracks with Birmingham
scoring three during the second half. The Blues squad contained Shane
Williams (Birmingham - midfielder) who made a late appearance as a
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough - defender) Was back in
reserve team action for the first time since his knee injury in Romania. The
Perth born defender played as the Boro reserves drew 1-1 with Grimsby.
Young guns news -
Ramon Calliste (Cambridge City -
striker) Will spend a few days
training with Shrewsbury after ending his short term contract with Cambridge
City. After spells with Manchester United, Liverpool and Scunthorpe it seems
that the former Wales U21 international is trying to build his career back up
from the lower levels.
Church (Reading - striker) Made his
first senior appearance last week at Ninian Park in the FA Cup. The Wales U21
international who came off the bench with 16 minutes left and slotted into the
left wing position as the Royals were sunk 2-0. With internationals such
as Kevin Doyle, Noel Hunt and Shane Long ahead of him, it could take a great
deal of patience before he plays regular first team football.
Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Spoke this week about his excitement about winning caps for Wales at
youth level and also how he actually qualifies for Wales.
My Mum was born in Wales, though she only lived
there a few weeks because my Grandad was in the RAF. It's brilliant to be in
the team and it's good going away to places all over the world. I'm really
pleased to get my cap." - Josh Dawkin The tricky winger had two reasons to celebrate this week as his side
beat Stoke City on penalties in the FA Youth Cup. He was joined in the starting
XI by David Stephens (Norwich -
Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - midfielder)
Will have gained valuable experience
last weekend as the Saints crumbled at the hands of the Red Devils in the FA
Cup. McLaggon was brought on after 56 minutes as the home side lost 3-0 to the
European Champions at St Mary's. He may well have been advised to speak to a
certain Ryan Giggs after the game,
for a few words of wisdom after the
(Bournemouth - midfielder) Was
being watched by Brian Flynn last weekend as the Wales U19 international started
for Bournemouth against Darlington. The midfielder lasted 90 minutes as the
Cherries were sunk 2-1.
(Crystal Palace/Bournemouth - defender) Has gone on
loan to Bournemouth on the recommendation of ex Cherries favourite Carl
Fletcher. After making an appearance for the first team before Christmas the
left back has been told by manager Neil Warnock that he could leave on loan. A
stint away from the parent club is not always a bad thing as Wales youth
internationals Grant Basey (Charlton -
defender/midfielder) and James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) will
vouch for after spells at Brentford.
Young guns news -
Basey (Charlton - defender/midfielder)
Was back in midfield as the Addicks managed to throw
away a 1-0 lead against Sheffield Utd over the Christmas
period. The Wales U21 international slotted
into the left side of midfield as Charlton slumped
to another defeat in the Championship.
King (Leicester - midfielder)
Kept up his fine form with another trade mark long
drive as the Foxes picked up another win against
Hereford last weekend. The U21 international
picked up his sides second goal and his ninth of
the season after 71 minutes as they beat the Bulls
McLaggon (Southampton -midfielder) Burst
on to the scene over Christmas with two substitute
appearances for the seniors. After over 30
minutes against Plymouth on Boxing Day, the Barry
born midfielder stepped off the bench once more
as picked up an assist as the Saints nearly took
all three points against Reading last weekend. After
some impressive performances for the youth and reserve
side, it seems that the former Wales U19 international
has impressed manager Jan Poortevielt.
Partington (Bournemouth - midfielder)
Benefited from the retirement of Darren Anderton,
after the England midfielder decided to hang up
his boots a few weeks ago. Partington slotted into
his position and bagged himself a goal on his first
start as the Cherries beat Bury just before Christmas.
The Wales U19 international scored from the
edge of the box as his side picked up valuable three
points in the on going quest to avoid the drop from
Taylor (Tranmere - midfielder)
Has signed his first professional contract after
impressing during youth and reserve team games this
year. The Wales U19 international will now
look to push on for a first team spot with the comfort
of his new contract.
Williams (Wrexham - striker)
Picked up his 13th goal of the season as the Dragons
drew 1-1 with Woking last Saturday. The Wales
U21 squad member has become a vital part of Dean
Saunders' Wrexham revolution and will also have
an eye on being involved in the international v
Northern Ireland in February.