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The EFL 21 Under 21

6 January 2023

It's time for the EFL 21 Under 21 list as the Not The Top 20 Podcast examine some of the stars of the future, but who has made the list this season?

Ayoub Assal (AFC Wimbledon)

Dons Academy graduate Assal scooped the EFL’s Young Player of the Month accolade for November, following an impressive month which saw the 20-year-old, who has already hit double figures this term, score in five consecutive games in all competitions.

Eiran Cashin (Derby County)

Cashin enjoyed his breakthrough campaign last season for the Rams, inking a new two-year agreement in the summer on the back of 18 appearances in 2021/22, becoming a regular this term.

Dennis Cirkin (Sunderland)

Young defender Cirkin made the switch to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham Hotspur in August last year and after making his debut and helping the Black Cats win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, Sunderland’s number three hasn’t looked back.

Josh Coburn (Bristol Rovers)

On loan from Middlesbrough, Coburn has found his form at Bristol Rovers, with eight goals in his last 14 outings in Sky Bet League One and counting, sitting inside the division’s top 10 marksmen.

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Tommy Conway (Bristol City) 

At his tender years, Conway has led the line by example for the Robins, earning his first call-up to the Scotland Under-21s squad in September on the back of an impressive start to the campaign for the striker who has notched nine goals for Bristol City.

Tyrhys Dolan (Blackburn Rovers)

For the second season running, the Rovers attacker makes the EFL’s 21 Under-21s, with Dolan boasting impressive stats this term, with four goals and three assists under his belt as he looks to lock down his place in this Blackburn side.

Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United) 

After becoming a European champion in the summer, winning the Under-19s tournament with England, Edwards returned to Peterborough United in the summer – the Club he has clocked over 60 appearances for.

Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough)

Hackney, who bagged his first professional goal for his hometown team in October, has excelled under the tutelage of new Boro boss Michael Carrick, so much so that the midfielder committed his long-term future to the Club last month.

Cameron Humphreys (Ipswich Town)

After joining the Tractor Boys’ ranks at the age of seven, Humphreys was named last year’s Academy Player of the Season and is now looking to make his mark on the first-team, riding high in League One.

Jason Knight (Derby County)

Knight linked up with Derby’s youth team as a 16-year-old after making the move over from his native Dublin, and has gone on to represent his country, making his senior bow for the Republic of Ireland in October 2020.

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Miles Leaburn (Charlton Athletic)

Following in his father’s footsteps – Carl Leaburn, who made over 300 appearances for the Addicks and established himself as a Club legend – Leaburn junior could play a big part in the Charlton side under new manager Dean Holden.

Anis Mehmeti (Wycombe Wanderers)

Mehmeti went from playing in the non-league pyramid with Woodford Town to the Championship with Wycombe in a matter of days when the Chairboys spotted the 21-year-old, who has 18 goals and nine assists for the side, in October 2020.

Billy Mitchell (Millwall)

A local lad who is having just as much of an impact on the field as off it, Mitchell, who comes from a family of Millwall supporters, was named the Championship’s Community Player of the Year last season for his efforts.

Bali Mumba (Plymouth Argyle)

A temporary move to Home Park from parent Club Norwich City this summer has been hugely beneficial for the defender, who has helped the Pilgrims amass the most points of any team in the EFL, claiming the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for September. 

Dan Neil (Sunderland)

A returnee from last season’s list, Neil had a first campaign in senior football to remember, adding a promotion to his CV with his boyhood team Sunderland and now he’s kicking on in the Championship.

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Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City)

The centre-back’s first involvement came in EFL Trophy for Canaries Under-21s and, after impressing in the cup competition, joined the senior squad in time for Norwich’s return to the top-flight, playing eight games as they ascended to the Premier League in 2020/21.

Kwame Poku (Peterborough United)

Ghana international Poku’s performances at Colchester United in 2019/20 in Sky Bet League Two caught the eye of Peterborough in 2021, prompting a move for the Croydon-born midfielder.

Jack Rudoni (Huddersfield Town)

Now a Terriers player after joining the West Yorkshire outfit from AFC Wimbledon in the summer, making the step up from League One to the Championship where he has become a starter for Huddersfield.

Alex Scott (Bristol City)

Another member of that side that won the Euros in the summer alongside Peterborough’s Edwards, the 19-year-old almost dropped out of the professional pyramid after returning home to play for Guernsey but rediscovered his love for the game at Ashton Gate. 

Terry Taylor (Burton Albion)

The highly-rated youngster was let go by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the January 2021 transfer window, having gained first-team experience in League One during a loan spell with Grimsby Town prior to his move to Burton.

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Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers)

Wharton has already lifted a trophy at Wembley Stadium, winning the 2015 Kids Cup prior to the Championship Play-Off Final whilst representing Blackburn, and this season, he made his debut for the Club in a 4-0 win over Hartlepool United in the Carabao Cup.

Watch the full programme at 6pm on Sky Football tonight or on-demand.


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