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Leicester City take three non-league teenagers on trial

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Probably posted elsewhere around the forum but in case anyone missed it.


Leicester City have stepped up their hunt for fresh talent by taking three non-league teenagers on trial.


City Under-23s fielded midfielder Dylan Barkers in their 6-0 demolition by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, while Hastings United pair Jamie Fielding and Adam Lovatt will train with the club this week.

Barkers has arrived at City from National League North side Guiseley, having only joined the West Yorkshire side from Solihull Moors last month.

With experience at centre-back and in the middle of the park, it was in the engine room that the 18-year-old featured for Steve Beaglehole’s development squad, playing ahead of Sidnei Tavares and alongside Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in a midfield three.

However, the rangy teenager, standing at 6ft 4ins, was largely bypassed as Liverpool headed down the flanks to create their opportunities, and Barkers was sacrificed after 37 minutes as City changed shape to try to stem the relentless Reds attacks.

Hastings duo Fielding and Lovatt will train with City on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.


Box-to-box midfielder Lovatt has played 38 times for Hastings this season, the south-coast side competing in the eighth-tier Bostik League South East Division.

The 19-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League sides previously, with Brighton, Crystal Palace and Watford listed as potential suitors, while he spent five days on trial at Leeds at the end of last year and nearly joined


Fielding, also 19, is another regular in the Hastings line-up, playing 30 games at right-back or centre-back this term.

After City’s interest in Fielding emerged last week, Hastings boss Chris Agutter said: “I’m pleased for Jamie because when he first came into the side he got panned, people said he’s not good enough and he proved a lot of people wrong.


“It’s very much a collective effort. Jamie’s not the only one; there’s lots of lads, which is great for the club and reinforces the great work being done by the academy.”



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Fielding sounds like someone we would be after, right back who’s can play as a centre half, the other two sound promising and I did wonder why Barkers was subbed yesterday....

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