Born: 24 May 2001 (Auxerre, France)
A versatile midfielder who can also operate at right-back, Maxi Tainio had to be patient for his opportunities during the opening months of 2017-18 but was playing regularly by the end of that campaign as Scott Parker's Under-18s side finished with a flourish.
Showing good energy at right-back, he featured in five of our last six Under-18 Premier League games, including big wins over Chelsea and Arsenal, and was named Defender of the Tournament at the Under-17 Borgaro Maggioni Righi competition in Italy over the Easter weekend in 2018. He ended that season with seven Under-18s appearances under his belt in all competitions.
The son of our former midfielder Teemu, Maxi was born in Auxerre in France and is a Finnish youth international, having featured for their Under-18s, Under-17s, Under-16s and Under-15s.
He has previously lived in Finland, USA and the Netherlands while he was playing in 2016-17 for HJK in Finland.