Born: 01 December 2000 (London, England)
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Born in Archway and brought up in Enfield, where he attended St Ignatius School, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster currently serves as one of the more experienced members of our Development Squad.
He played the first half of the 2021/22 campaign primarily as a holding midfielder, scoring once in 17 appearances in all competitions and appearing twice as an unused substitute in the first team squad in the UEFA Europa Conference League, before a knee injury sustained against Blackburn Rovers' Development Squad in January, 2022, ultimately ended his season early.
He returned to action in the opening weeks of the 2022/23 season, reverting to his previous role as a centre-back.
Indeed, although right-footed, Brooklyn can play either as a centre-back, left-back, right-back or midfielder.
He played three times for our Under-18s in 2016/17 while still a schoolboy. His sole start came against Aston Villa in February, featuring as a substitute against the same team in May, 2017, and also against Derby County.
He enjoyed a tremendous first full season with our Under-18s in 2017/18, playing 21 times at that level, starting four games in the UEFA Youth League and stepping up to play five times for the Development Squad, where he looked calm and assured among his older team-mates. Unfortunately, his season was cut short by an ankle injury in the Under-18 Premier League Cup Final at Chelsea in March, 2018, but he returned in time to feature in the Under-19 Terborg Tournament in Holland at the end of May, 2018.
He showed his versatility at the back and popped up with some memorable goals at the other end during a superb 2018/19 campaign. He was a regular member of our Under-18 side that challenged for the Under-18 Premier League title, eventually finishing as runners-up, scoring in a 6-4 opening-day home win over Brighton and making 13 appearances in all, including one in the first ever football match to be played at our new stadium as we beat Southampton 3-1 in a Test Event in March, 2019. He also scored once in two Under-18 Premier League Cup showings, played twice more in the FA Youth Cup and produced some tidy performances during an overall 10 appearances for our Development Squad. His most memorable moment arrived in Europe, though, as he scored the only goal of the game in front of a huge, partisan crowd in Greece as we beat PAOK in the UEFA Youth League play-off round, sending us through to the last 16. That was one of four appearances he made in the Under-19 competition during that season.
In July, 2019, he was given a chance to travel with our first team squad on our tour of Asia and, the following month, was named Defender of the Tournament at the Under-19 Oberndorf tournament in Germany, where our Academy reached the final.
The 2019/20 campaign saw him play 16 times for our Development Squad and twice more in the UEFA Youth League, while he was again a regular for the Development Squad in 2020/21, a mainstay at centre-half as he played 21 games in the Premier League 2, scoring twice.
He has previously played for England at Under-17 level.