Right-sided centre-half who was a regular for our Under-18s in 2015-16, despite a couple of spells on the sidelines through injury.
He played 15 games at that level in the league, plus two in the FA Youth Cup, and made his Under-21s debut with a start at left-back against FC Schalke 04 in the Premier League Under-21 International Cup in November, 2015. He stepped off the bench against Southampton for his league debut at that level the following month.
Born and raised in Hackney, Japhet attended Greig City Academy and joined our youth set-up at the age of 10.
A regular with our Under-16s in 2014-15, he made the step up to Under-18s football in a 3-0 win over Norwich City in November, 2014. He played four league games at that level and also featured in our FA Youth Cup fourth round win over Wolves during that campaign.
Voted MVP at the South Korea Cup in August, 2014, he has been capped by England at Under-16 and Under-17 levels.
10 January 2017
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