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U18 Premier League: Top performers from 15th April 2023

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A full weekend of fixtures took place in the U18 Premier League this week with huge ramifications. In the south, West Ham United were crowned champions after their 2-0 victory over Arsenal and booked their place in the play-off fixture to be in with a chance of winning the 2022/23 U18 Premier League. The Hammers could know their opponents as soon as next week after Manchester City moved to within a victory of the Northern title after beating Manchester United this weekend. Here are the standout stars from another thrilling week of academy football.

North

Jayden Danns, Liverpool

Jayden Danns notched two goals and an assist in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Leeds United. The 17-year-old opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on. In the second half, he set up Louie Koumas for the Reds’ third before rounding off the game in stoppage time with his second goal. Danns’ haul moves him up to seven goals and two assists in the U18 Premier League this season.

Lennon Wheeldon, Derby County

Lennon Wheeldon netted a hat-trick in Derby County’s 5-2 thrashing of Liverpool in midweek. The forward put Derby 2-1 up in first-half stoppage time before adding a second shortly after the interval. Wheeldon then headed in his hat-trick goal in stoppage time to wrap up the points for the Rams. His treble takes him up to eight league goals this campaign.

Nico O’Reilly, Manchester City

Nico O’Reilly netted a brace in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory away at rivals Manchester United. The midfielder netted two stunning first-half strikes including an effort from over 40 yards out to put City in control of the game. The victory means the Citizens will be crowned U18 Premier League North champions if they beat second-place Sunderland when the two face off next weekend.

South

Tudor Mendel-Idowu, Chelsea

Tudor Mendel-Idowu netted two goals as Chelsea won 3-0 away at Leicester City. The 18-year-old opened the scoring in the first half before netting his second and Chelsea’s third in the second half to round off the three points. The midfielder now has nine goal contributions in his 11 appearances in the U18 Premier League South this season.

Callum Osmand, Fulham

Callum Osmand notched a brace as Fulham thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-2. The Wales U17 international made it 2-0 to the Cottagers midway through the first half before Spurs pulled a goal back. Osmand responded just a minute later to restore Fulham’s two-goal lead and net his second goal of the game. The midfielder’s brace takes him up to 6 league goals this campaign.

Jonathan Esanga, Fulham

Jonathan Esanga grabbed two assists in Fulham’s win away at Spurs. The England U16 international set up the opening goal of the game, which was scored by Oliver Gofford, before assisting Osmand for his first goal. The assists were the defender’s first goal contributions in what is his debut season at U18 level.

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