Abdi Sharif is a versatile player who can play in the middle of the park, at right-back and even at centre-back.
He has been with the club since the age of nine and made his U18s debut in the 2016-17 season as an U16 player.
Abdi was a key player for the U18s during 2018-19 and made his full U23s debut in January 2019.
In the 2018-19 season, Abdi was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup squad as he netted a penalty during the dramatic shootout victory over Manchester City in the final.
After penning his first professional contract with the club during the summer, Sharif picked up an injury in pre-season and remains in rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The 18-year-old picked up the injury towards the closing stages of the friendly game with Coventry City on July 24.
No timescale has been set for Sharif’s return and he will undergo a period of rehabilitation with the Academy's medical staff.
Click here to read more about Abdi in our Meet the Academy feature.