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.
Scott McTominay (17, midfielder): Technically-adept Lancastrian who may not be the biggest but is capable of hurting teams with his passing ability. Has come off the bench twice in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League.
Demetri Mitchell (16, midfielder): Exciting winger who has illuminated several England Schoolboys internationals with his slaloming runs. Has real acceleration and is capable of unlocking even the tightest of defences. Has two goals to his name from six starts in the Academy league, including a fine volley at Leicester.
Andreas Pereira (17, midfielder): Captained the club to Milk Cup success and started every UEFA Youth League match in a creative role. A dead-ball expert, he converted a penalty in