Leicester City trialist Jacob Wakeling scored twice for the club’s Under-23s as they returned to winning ways with a 4-0 thumping of 10-man Brighton.
The 19-year-old striker, released by West Brom this summer, scored the first two goals as City ran riot on the south coast, ending their four-game Premier League 2 losing streak.
Wakeling was making his second appearance for City’s development squad having joined on trial from non-league Alvechurch, the teenager netting seven goals in eight games for the seventh-tier side so far this term, including a hat-trick against Leicestershire side Barwell.
Fans are unlikely to need reminding of another striker City plucked from Alvechurch, with Alan Smith going on to score 84 times for the club after arriving from the Worcestershire side.
But while Wakeling’s first appearance ended in a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City, the striker netted twice inside the opening 45 minutes at Brighton, and then drew a foul from the Seagulls’ keeper Carl Rushworth on the stroke of half-time that was punished by a red card.
Early in the second period, captain Callum Wright and Tyrese Shade got themselves on the scoresheet to seal the win.
The victory is the Under-23s’ second of the season and pushes them up to ninth of 13 in the Premier League 2 table.
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Also turning out for Steve Beaglehole’s youngsters were summer signing Thanawat Suengchitthawon, making his first start, and 16-year-old centre-back Ben Nelson, included in the 11 for the third straight league outing.
City (4-1-4-1): Stolarczyk; Daley-Campbell, O’Connor, Nelson (Godsmark-Ford, 70’), Flynn; Hulme; Shade (Arlott-John, 67’), Tavares, Suengchitthawon, Wright; Wakeling (Muskwe, 63’).