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New signing Josh Esen scores on Wolves youth debut

Although it has been an uninspiring weekend for Wolverhampton Wanderers, youth team player Josh Esen has had one he will never forget.

That is because the Wolves U18 player scored on his debut on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in the U18 Premier League Cup, the Wolves U18 side coasted to victory against black country rivals West Bromwich Albion. Playing at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, they won 5-0.

Young striker Owen Farmer scored a brace, whilst Fil Mabete and Aaron Keto-Diyawa also grabbed goals.

However, it was Esen who took the headlines with his debut goal. After only signing on Friday, it has been a memorable week for the young player.

Who is Josh Esen?

Esen joined the Wolves academy after spending the summer on trial.

The 16-year-old was previously at Welsh team Llanelli Town. Llanelli play in Cymru South, the second tier of Welsh football.

Former players for the team include Leon Britton, who played in the Premier League for Swansea City.

Esen spent time on the books at the Swans, owever they released him aged 13.

In his short time in the Llanelli senior team, he left a major impression, scoring and winning a man of the match award in his only appearance.

Upon joining for Wolves, the club’s website described him as a player ‘who can play wide, or as a central striker’.

Due to his senior experience, Wolves’ Head of Academy coaching Jon Hunter compared him to first team player Maximilian Kilman.

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Hunter said: “We had Maximilian Kilman, who is now playing for the first-team, and his situation was similar. But he was a lot older, and he’s made a number of senior appearances for Maidenhead.

“Whereas Josh, he’s so young, but was involved at Llanelli, so we know he’s going to have the mentality to cope.”

For now, given his age, it is likely that Esen will prioritise establishing himself in the Wolves U18 team.

However, if he can follow the footsteps of Kilman, he could make fans very happy in the near future.