As we mark EFL Youth Growth Week, we’re placing the highlight on Exeter City, who’ve produced numerous skills in current seasons.
Through the 2020/21 marketing campaign, a number of the membership’s matches noticed as many as 10 Academy graduates of their matchday squad; one thing reflected in statistics launched in April 2021, which revealed that the Grecians had given the very best share of minutes to players aged 21 or under throughout the top 4 divisions.
Moreover, current statistics from the Premier League, measuring productiveness (player manufacturing together with players developed at Exeter who at the moment are taking part in for different Golf equipment) confirmed that over the last three seasons, out of all 92 Golf equipment, Exeter have been 14th. When compared to the opposite 71 EFL Golf equipment, the membership have been seventh, and additionally ranked first in its own class (class three).
The ethos of the Academy is to supply well-rounded young males, as well as high quality footballers. Gamers who’ve come by means of the Academy in current years embody:
Matt Grimes – Swansea City (captain)
The Exeter-born midfielder got here by means of the membership’s Academy earlier than becoming a member of the Swans in 2015. Grimes, who has played in all 4 of England’s top divisions, not too long ago scored a fantastic goal to assist his present side to the 2021 Sky Bet Champioship Play-Off Final.
Ethan Ampadu – Chelsea and Wales
One other player born in Exeter, Ampadu rose by means of the Grecians ranks earlier than signing for Premier League side, Chelsea. He has since loved loan spells at RB Leipzig in 2019/20 and Sheffield United last season, and was just 16 when he obtained his first Wales call-up.
Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa and England
A well-known identify to followers within the Premier League and EFL alike, Watkins has had a season to recollect, scoring 17 goals for membership and country, together with his first for England back in March. His career began at Exeter’s Academy, earlier than he helped fireplace Brentford to the 2020 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.
Christy Pym – Peterbrough United
The Exeter-born goalkeeper got here by means of the youth ranks at his hometown membership, and was captain of the under-18 team when he was handed an expert contract by then manager Paul Tisdale in April 2013. He is since moved on to Peterborough United, winning promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2020/21.
Ben Chrisene – Aston Villa
The midfielder will hope to observe in Watkins’ footsteps, having began at Exeter earlier than becoming a member of Aston Villa in 2020. His Villa debut got here in EFL competition, and he not too long ago helped his side to FA Youth Cup glory, as Villa beat Liverpool 2–1 within the Final.
Jay Stansfield – Fulham
Son of former Yeovil City, Hereford United and Exeter player Adam Stansfield, the 18-year-old is one other Grecians graduate, and made his first-team debut for Fulham in January 2020.