In the Pipeline: Leicester’s Development Player of the Year Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

FIFSeasonReviewBanner

Since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Leicester City the club has been full of excitement again. The Northern Irishman has worked wonders with the squad, putting the fear factor back in the Foxes.

Their football is reminiscent of the glory days at the King Power and a 3-0 win over Arsenal brought back fond memories.

But the most impressive thing about the club at the moment is the number of talented youngsters in the side. It’s a young team on paper but they’ve shown no signs of inexperience.

James Maddison has been excellent, whilst academy graduates Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury have enjoyed promising campaigns.

However, there’s another young player who could be ready to make his first-team breakthrough in the not too distant future.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is the name who could soon be making waves at a higher level.

The 20-year-old has had a fantastic season for the U23s, scoring one goal and claiming four assists in 22 Premier League 2 games.

His performances won him the club’s development player of the year at the club’s annual awards this week and his success might well set him on the course for the first team.

The previous three winners of the award are none other than Chilwell, Barnes and Choudhury. All three have well and truly cemented themselves as first-team members and now the baton looks as though it’ll be passed onto Dewsbury-Hall.

Despite not yet making his senior bow, he travelled with the squad back in March for Leicester’s win over Burnley.

The player is a midfielder by trade and is particularly useful in the holding role, having already struck up quite the relationship with Choudhury after the duo were paired together in midfield in the development squad.

Both are industrious players who have a focus on the defensive side of the game, which, unfortunately, could count against them given how well Wilfred Ndidi has been playing.

That being said, Rodgers track record of developing youngsters at both Celtic and Liverpool means he could give both Choudhury and Dewsbury-Hall more opportunities. Their partnership at youth level has been impressive and if they can now replicate that at a higher level the Foxes will be set for a number of years.

Dewsbury-Hall is out of contract at the end of the season but it would be incredibly surprising if the club failed to agree to fresh terms following his individual award.