Launching a new feature to try and lift a little of the doom and gloom around the club at the moment by attempting to remind the fans of the bright future ahead of our youth team stars, profiling some of the real prospects that have come through the academy.
We kick off with youth team captain Daniel Johnson who has been tipped as one of those who could follow the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor and more recently, Marc Albrighton, Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan through the ranks.
The 18-year-old was arguably the youth sides stand out performer last time in a season in which they won the league table after losing just 4 of their 28 fixtures. Tony McAndrew’s men also made it to the FA Youth Cup Semi Final where they eventually fell down to an impressive Sheffield United side.
The Jamaican centre midfielder’s impressive displays earned him regular call-ups to the reserve squad, as well as 3 appearances on the bench for the senior side. The youngster has a fantastic engine from midfield and leads by example in his role as captain of the team as well as chipping in with a fair few goals from the middle of the park.
Johnson, known as DJ in and around the club, signed a new one-year contract extension in February and capped a fantastic campaign by netting the two goals on the final day of the Under-18 season to win his side the league title following a 2-0 win over Chelsea.
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