Born: 13 May 1999 (London, England)
Samuel Shashoua is a skilful attacking midfielder who looks to make things happen by weaving into dangerous areas with the ball at his feet.
The 2017-18 campaign saw him feature in all eight of our matches in the UEFA Youth League - six from the start - and score in a 3-1 victory away to Borussia Dortmund Under-19s in November, 2017. He also scored twice in 14 appearances for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2, once in three Checkatrade Trophy games and two in two in the Premier League International Cup.
Samuel was born and raised in Chelsea and attended Harrow School. He played for the school’s first team at football, was an Under-12s county champion at squash and represented the South of England Under-16s at hockey. His younger brother Armando also plays within our Academy.
Samuel was part of our squads which won tournaments in South Korea and Latvia in 2014-15, having also made his Under-18s bow during that campaign. It proved to be an eventful debut against Fulham in February, 2015, as he stepped off the bench to score in a 4-1 win.
He scored for our Under-18s on the opening day of 2015-16 against Brighton and went on to make 18 league appearances at that level. He netted four league goals during that campaign and scored once in two starts in the FA Youth Cup.
Crafty on the ball, he was our Under-18s' second-top scorer in 2016-17 and his progress was rewarded with a spot on the first team bench for the first time in a 6-1 win at Leicester City in May, 2017.
He ended the 2016-17 campaign having scored 13 goals in 23 league appearances for our Under-18s, plus two in five in the FA Youth Cup. The scorer of our first goal in the UEFA Youth League against AS Monaco in September, 2016, he featured in all six of our games in that competition, with the fixtures mirroring those of the first team in the Champions League. A member of our IMG Cup-winning squad in Florida in December, 2016, he played four times in the Premier League 2, scoring on the final day of the Under-23s' season in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.