Consequently, his tally of two goals was hugely impressive.
As one of the more experienced members of the Under-18 squad, he is expected to be a regular in 2013/2014 if he can steer clear of any more injuries but has had to fight for his place.
Son of former Cyprus captain Demetris Ioannou, who was a top-class centre-back during his playing days.
Joel Castro Pereira (17, goalkeeper): Promising Swiss-born shot-stopper who has represented Portugal at youth level. Made three UEFA Youth League appearances to go with five starts at Under-18 level as the keepers are rotated.
Kieran O'Hara (17, goalkeeper): Has only two Under-18 outings under his belt in 2013/2014 but gained experience during a work-experience loan at Trafford.
Dean Henderson (17, goalkeeper): Was in the firing line at Liverpool last time out but helped keep the score down to 3-1 with some fine saves as a much-changed side was over-run in the second half. Left Carlisle United aged 14 and is an England