face competition for his place from Saidy Janko despite his regular involvement this term.
Nicholas Ioannou (18, defender): A comparative veteran of the FA Youth Cup having played in the competition in 2011/2012, including a stand-out performance at Old Trafford against Charlton Athletic. Son of former Cyprus captain Demetris Ioannou, he has overcome the injury problems that dogged him last season.
Saidy Janko (18, defender): A deadline-day arrival from FC Zurich who has represented the club at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-18 level. Powerful and positive, it is easy to see why he was signed after catching the eye in the FIFA Blue Stars tournament in his home country.
Ryan McConnell (18, defender): Tough Irishman from Donegal who organises the back four from the heart of the defence and makes some crucial last-ditch tackles and interceptions. Has reached double figures in terms of Under-18 outings this term and played in a couple of UEFA Youth League ties.
Tyler Reid (16, defender): Ex-Arsenal schoolboy whose muscular presence belies his young age. A sturdy right-back who competed at the Milk Cup and has made three appearances off the bench.
Sean Goss (18, midfielder): One of the key performers of late who has provided a touch of class in midfield. Formerly with Exeter City, his style has seen him likened to a young Michael Carrick and his shooting prowess has added real punch to his game. Has four goals for the season.
Josh Harrop (17, midfielder): A mazy dribble at Swansea during a substitute cameo appearance in the 2011/2012 FA Youth Cup highlighted his potential and he has been a regular creator of chances this term. Showed nerve to score a late penalty in the mini-derby with Manchester City.