Born: 13 March 2001 (London, England)
Goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi has risen through our Academy ranks and, in October, 2020, joined National League side Maidenhead United on loan for his first taste of senior football, where he remained until January, 2021.
He made the step up to Development Squad level after serving as first-choice goalkeeper during our Under-18s' league title charge in 2018/19.
He made 17 starts as we eventually finished second in the Under-18 Premier League and built up a reputation for saving penalty kicks - incredibly, he stopped five in all competitions during that campaign, including two in a sensational 3-2 home victory in the north London derby in November, 2018. He also started as our Under-18s beat Southampton in the first ever football match to be played at our new stadium, as we held a Test Event there in March, 2019.
In addition, Josh played two games apiece in the Under-18 Premier League Cup and FA Youth Cup during that season, while serving as the substitute goalkeeper for our Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League on three occasions.
Born in Waltham Forest and raised in Harold Hill, he attended Emerson Park Academy in Hornchurch before joining our youth set-up full-time in July, 2017.
He made his Under-18 Premier League debut as a substitute for skipper Jonathan De Bie in our second game of the 2017/18 season at Leicester City, but with De Bie featuring regularly throughout the campaign, Josh had to be patient in pursuit of playing time. He kept a clean sheet on his first league start in a 5-0 thumping of Aston Villa in March, 2018, and also made one substitute appearance in the Under-18 Premier League Cup, also against Villa.
An England international at Under-16 and Under-15 levels, he was on the bench once for our Under-18s in 2016/17.