Where are they now? Leicester City's young guns; featuring Jack Barmby

Reading's Liam Moore

We catch up with some of the Leicester City youngsters to leave the club in recent years.

Liam Moore ended his five-year professional stay at Leicester City in the summer, but it looks like he could be on his way back to the Premier League with Reading. The centre-back, 24, has been a regular in Jaap Stam’s promotion pushing Royals side so far this season, helping them chalk up an impressive ten league clean sheets.

Former Leicester City youngster Tom Hopper is also on course for promotion. The striker, released by the Foxes in 2015, has netted five times in League One for free-scoring Scunthorpe United this season.

Hopper is joined in League One by Jak McCourt and Adam Smith, who both play for mid-table Northampton Town. McCourt joined the Cobblers in the summer after failing to break into Barnsley’s starting-eleven last season. Meanwhile, Smith was an integral part of the Chris Wilder Northampton team which ran away with the 2015/6 League Two title.

Luke O’Neill has played for six teams, including Burnley, York City and Leyton Orient, since leaving the King Power Stadium in 2011. The right-back is currently with League One play-off contenders Southend United.

O’Neill might come up against Foxes’ academy product Cian Bolger in the League One play-offs. Bolger, who spent last season with Southend, has been a regular in Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town side since the beginning of October.

George Taft (Mansfield Town), Jonny Maddison (Yeovil Town), Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley), Adi Yussuf (Grimsby Town) and James Pearson (Barnet) are among the former Foxes to be playing their football in League Two. While, Tom Parkes and Alex Cisak are playing for free-falling League Two strugglers Leyton Orient.

There are a few ex-Leicester youngsters who have taken their talents outside of English football. Joseph Dodoo has bagged two league goals for Scottish Premiership side Rangers, after leaving the Foxes in the summer. He joins Jacob Blyth (Motherwell) and Conor Brennan (Raith Rovers) in the Scottish leagues.

Alie Sesay recently swapped Barnet for Taby kyrkby in Sweden. The centre-back will now be hoping to help improve second tier side IK Frej’s defensive record following their 6-1 to Norrkoping last week.

Simonas Stankevicius, who spent five years at Leicester, returned to Lithuania with A Lyga champions Zalgris in 2016. He spent the first-half of this campaign on-loan in Croatia with NK Sibenik.

Jack Barmby, son of former Hull City and Manchester United midfielder Nicky, ended his two-year stay at the King Power with a move to MLS side Portland Timbers. The winger, 22, will be gearing up for the Timbers’ season opener against Minnesota United next month.

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