Five Leicester City Youngsters to look out for this season
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Leicester City training session at Leicester City Training Ground, Seagrave on July 16th, 2021 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

It's been one week since Leicester City returned to pre-season training ahead of their 2020/21 which campaign begins at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield against Premier League champions, Manchester City.

By now almost all of the full squad, barring the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, Timothy Castagne and Danny Ward, who all participated for their national sides at the latter stages of the European Championships.

James Maddison and Ayoze Perez also haven't been seen in action so far either, however, new signings Ryan Bertrand, Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare have all linked up with their new teammates.

In order to prepare for the curtain raiser which takes place in 19 days time, the Foxes will face a trio of lower league opposition, starting with League One outfit Burton Albion on Saturday.

As with any side during pre-season, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has called up a number of younger players to train with the first-team, with the idea of potentially giving them some game-time with the more senior members of the club in the upcoming friendlies.

Vavel takes a look at five of these youngsters who may catch the eye for the Foxes supporters over the coming weeks.

Kamal Sowah 

Fresh from a two-year loan spell at Leicester's sister club OH Leuven in Belgium, Kamal Sowah is one that has got fans excited before even seeing him kick a ball. 

At 21-years-old, the experience of senior football at such a young age will have been vital to the Ghanian.

Predominantly playing in the attacking third of the pitch, with the ability to operate on either flank or down the middle, Sowah registered eight goals and six assists to his name for Leuven and was the youngest of all the players in the Jupiler Pro League to have at least five goals and five assists to their name.

Whilst he is yet to play for Leicester in his career so far, it is reported that Rodgers is a big fan, indicating that an impressive pre-season could lead to Sowah featuring more regularly.

Ben Nelson

Only 17-years-old, Ben Nelson is the youngest of the players to be training in the first-team but is no stranger to the environment already.

Nelson was one of the lucky few to travel to Ukraine for the Foxes' final Europa League group stage fixture against Zorya Luhansk last December at the tender age of 16 and although he didn't get on the pitch, it showed that Rodgers believes the centre-back has what it takes.

Nelson has progressed quickly and is seen as one of the brightest talents in the academy with a real hope he can fully transition to the first-team in the not too distant future.

It is likely the youngster will remain with the Under-23's squad again for this season or even find a loan spell away from the club.

Thanawat Suengchitthawon

Avid followers of Leicester's Under-23's sides will know that Thanawat Suengchitthawon is a key member of Steve Beaglehole's side.

The attacking midfielder is regularly seen trying to create for his side whilst also contributing with the odd goal, scoring six in all competitions last year.

Suengchitthawon has also even managed to find his way to the international stage, featuring twice for his native Thailand and with the links between his homeland and the club itself, it would be a historic moment should he become the first Thai-born player to feature for Leicester.

With Leicester also on the hunt for an extra attacking midfielder to add to their ranks, Suengchitthawon could use this as the chance to prove that the club don't need to spend big and that they can recruit from within to fulfil their needs.

Shane Flynn

Full-back is an area that Leicester possess some of their strongest strength in depth but that doesn't stop new talent emerging all the time.

Shane Flynn is another name to add to the list of promising full-backs and the Ireland Under-21 left-back could be in for a shout of first-team action over the course of the next two weeks.

Flynn, likewise to Nelson, has also experienced what it is like to be with the first-team. The 19-year-old was on the bench for the game against Zorya and was also an unused substitute during last season's 2-1 win away at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jacob Wakeling 

The final of the five is promising striker Jacob Wakeling. A former member of the West Bromwich Albion academy before a short spell at Alvechurch led to the Foxes recruiting him from non-league football.

With an average of a goal every other game (9 in 18) for the Under-23's, Wakeling certainly shows signs of being a goalscorer but with the Foxes recently adding sharp-shooter Patson Daka to their ranks, it is expected that the young forward will continue to learn his trade with the development squad.

Nonetheless, the 19-year-old is more than capable of earning himself some minutes in the next three games and giving Rodgers confidence he could play a part if called upon across the rest of the season.