Leo Castledine is one of the most popular young prospects in British football.
Last month, we examined out some of his abilities in our new series Wonderkids, which looks at some of the very best young ballers coming through academy systems.
The 14- year-old midfielder is an England Under-15 worldwide and ended up being the youngest AFC Wimbledon gamer to feature for their under-18 side last summer season.
On Wednesday, he completed a transfer from Wimbledon to Chelsea, after eight years at his former club.
A few of you might keep in mind Leo’s old man Stewart Castledine, who bet Wimbledon FC from 1991 until 2000, and his mum is previous Residences Under The Hammer host Lucy Alexander.
Prior to signing for Chelsea, Leo informed BBC Sport a bit about some of his biggest accomplishments with Wimbledon, his aspirations and which gamers he compares himself to.
He explains himself as “an all-action goal-scoring midfielder who drives well with the ball”.
He’s likewise versatile. The lad started in a more defensive role with Wimbledon, prior to moving into midfield.
” Moving from defence to midfield was a very gradual procedure for me,” Leo informed us, adding, “It took about two seasons. I was a tough-tackling centre-back at the start of my U13 season and now, towards the end of U15 season, I am a centre midfielder and sometimes play as a number 10.”
His favourite existing gamers consist of fellow number 10 Jack Grealish and also young Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
” I dribble and produce possibilities just like Grealish,” he stated. Castledine likewise says he is an extremely comparable player to Mount.
He also told us a few fascinating facts about himself outside of football.
- He used to play rugby for Harlequins.
- His very first pair of boots were a traditional pair of Adidas Copa Mundial.
- He likewise describes himself as, “a confident vocalist”, adding: “When it concerns singing initiation tunes I tend to pull it out the bag.”
Chelsea have that to eagerly anticipate then!
A Few Of the other Wonderkids we’ve featured consist of 13- year-old West Ham gamer Fletcher Hubbard and Toolbox U15 gamer Kieran Petrie.
Keep in mind the names people and keep an eye out for more Wonderkids from around the UK being featured by us soon.