Today is the third and final instalment of my report of every Under-18s and Under-21s player’s season so far. We’ve now reached the attackers, and there are plenty who are performing to high standards.
Elliot Myles (ST/CAM/LW) – 16-years-old – Scholarship Contract (2025)
Elliot arrived on the U18s scene, in the 2022-23 season in which he scored five goals, and accumulated two assists, with a chunk of those goals coming when he was 15. At the time of writing, Myles has now surpassed 10 G/A in the first half of the season, with all of them coming at U18s level.
Throughout the season, he has been exhilarating to watch. His ambition and proactiveness on the ball are wonderful to watch as he’s setting up golden opportunities for his teammates. Another quality element of his play this season has been his ruthless nature in front of goal, finishing emphatically on many occasions. Many supporters got their first opportunity of seeing him in a Norwich shirt during the FA Youth Cup game and he was easily their best player on the pitch.
Elliot’s consistency has been rewarded with U21s starts as early as November – highlighting the club’s endeavour to push him through the ranks. If he continues to replicate these special performances, then a future with the first team could be a possibility.
Alex Roberts (ST) – 18-years-old – Professional Contract
It has been another unfortunate season so far for Roberts as he sustained another injury in the autumn that kept him out of contention for the FA Youth Cup game. But despite only playing four matches this season, he has managed to get himself on the scoresheet.
During the games Alex has played, he has demonstrated sensational running power, an ability to work the channels well and to connect onto loose balls.
The priority for him now is to get back to playing regularly, and that should be his target for the second half of the season.
Damari Daley( ST) – 16-years-old – Scholarship Contract (2025)
September was the month that kick-started Damari’s career as a first-year scholar, as he contributed with goals and assists at the top end of the pitch. Daley managed to score a brace in the U17s PL Cup while winning a penalty and scoring against Chelsea at U18s level.
He has significant potential, with his direct-natured characteristics. Damari is an effective player, on the counterattack with his vibrant pace and low centre of gravity, which causes problems for defenders. His willingness to work the channels is good too, stretching the opposition’s defence effectively.
He had a wonderful September but the next challenge is to sustain that across the season and force his way into the team consistently. Daley will spend the second half of the season playing with the U18s.
Harrison Thompson (ST) – 17-years-old – Scholarship (2024)
Harrison has featured for the U18s regularly across the season, playing on nine occasions, as well as playing in different positions. He has played as a central striker, shadow striker, as well as an inverted left midfielder.
Throughout the season, Harrison has portrayed an excellent defensive work rate by closing gaps of space in midfield and forcing opponents to play backwards. His hold-up play has also been effective, bringing his teammates into play in the final third.
The next challenge for hom is to add goals to his game at U18s level, as that’s something that hasn’t come easy for him so far.
Pedro Amadou (ST/RW) – 18-years-old – Scholarship (2024)
Amadou had a wonderful pre–season, scoring four goals and putting himself into a good position to hit the ground running but, strangely enough, he didn’t start the first game of the season, which could have killed his confidence. He has only managed to score one goal since that blistering pre-season.
But Amadou has still shown a huge physical presence, which allows him to play with back-to-goal and invites others into play. Aligned with his physical presence, is his speed which is a dangerous combination.
It’s uncertain what the future holds for Pedro as he hasn’t featured for the U18s team, since November. A move away may be likely at the end of the season, despite him showing potential during the last 18 months.
LaSean Sealey (ST) – 17-years-old – Scholarship (2025)
After an unfortunate 2022-23 campaign, which saw him ruled out through injury, LaSean has positively returned to academy football. Across U17PL Cup games and U18 matches across the season, he has accumulated 10+ G/A contributions, highlighting the clinical nature he possesses. Among his tally was a pivotal last-minute equaliser to earn the U18s a point away at Leeds in the PL Cup – resulting in the first 18s point of the season.
Throughout the matches Sealey has played this season his instinct in the penalty box is impulsive, indicating a strong understanding of various attacking positions. Moreover, Sealey carries a tremendous physical presence, which allows him to control the ball and beat his opponent with sheer pace.
To recover and get back into reasonable goal-scoring form is a testament to LaSean’s character. There are areas in his game he needs to tidy up in an attacking sense, but he will get plenty of exposure to develop on those fronts with the U18s for the rest of the season.
Errol Mundle-Smith (ST) – 17-years-old – Scholarship (2024).
After arriving here from a college programme in London, Errol has had a respectable first half to the season and has produced some promising numbers. EMS has scored five times as well as contributing with three assists, making him the second top goalscorer for the U18s.
But there is no disputing that it has been a challenging period for the London-based striker, as the 18s have not had a vast proportion of possession, meaning EMS has been feeding off scraps for large parts. However, he has taken it in his stride and has taken his opportunities when they have arisen. He’s also demonstrated his speed when coming out wide to receive the ball, stretching the opposition’s backline wide.
His manager targeted Errol to push for the U21s team before the season ends and I imagine his name is in consideration if he translates his form from the first half of the season.
Michael Reindorf (ST) – 18-years-old – Professional Contract.
Frustration would be the word to summarise Reindorf’s season so far with injuries, and U21’s appearances have been limited despite him showing his potential across the second half of the 2022-23 campaign.
He has shown plenty of endeavour to make an impact in the sub appearances he has made this season, but hasn’t had a huge amount of minutes to turn the application into meaningful moments of quality.
Despite me thinking that Reindorf deserves more opportunities due to his quality and the hard yards he has put in, likely, his next step is away from Norwich with the coaches unwilling to give him opportunities.
Finley Welch (ST/CAM/CM/LW/RWB) – 19-years-old – Professional Contract (2026 + 1yr option)
Finley is undoubtedly the most exciting player to watch, across the U18s and U21s teams, as his ability in possession is outstanding. He has contributed one goal, and two assists for the team this season and it could easily have been more.
He has been utilised in a wide range of positions this season but the management team have given him licence to showcase his ball-carrying abilities as he’s been a consistent bright attacking spark. Welch can receive the ball on the half-turn and evade his markers quickly, which makes him effective in counter-attacking situations.
Welch will inevitably have a successful career in the game but to reach the first team he probably needs to be more clinical in certain situations to stake his claim. If I was to compare Welch to some of the current first-team wingers, then I would back him to outperform them if given the opportunity. If he can add goals to his game, then first-team football will be a certainty in 2024-25.
Dan Ogwuru (ST) – 19-years-old – Professional Contract
After joining Norwich from Manchester City, Ogwuru hoped to make an immediate impact but suffered an injury after playing just four games with the U21s. During those games, he managed to score a goal and assist.
One element of Ogwuru’s game that was apparent for all to see was his instinctiveness in and around the box – coming alive when it matters most. That was demonstrated with his goal against Everton, when he reacted quickly to a loose ball in the box.
Daniel will hope to get back match-fit for the second half of the season to add to his lean goal tally, and will likely get plenty of chances due to the congested upcoming fixture list.
Ken Aboh (ST) – 19-years-old – Professional Contract (2024)
Last but not least, one of the Academy’s most exciting players, Aboh is currently the top goalscorer for the U18s this season, scoring on nine occasions.
Across the season, he has been clinical in front of goal, especially with his weaker foot as he’s been taking opportunities well on his left. Not only has Ken shown his finishing skills, he has also led the line superbly, chasing every contested duel and competing against the opposition centre-backs constantly. He has also shown his speed across the season, leading counterattacks effectively for the U21s.
His future is an interesting case study as his contract runs out in the summer. Ideally, Norwich would want to send him out on loan but with the shortage of years left on his deal that seems unlikely. The club have been persistent in trying to offer him a new deal but all signs point to him running it down.
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