Leicester starlet Liam Moore's performances this season have seen the 19-year-old break into the first team and at this rate, it is going to be hard to dislodge him anytime soon. As a result of his displays, clubs like Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham, Everton and Aston Villa have all been to see a player described by some as the best defender outside the top flight, in action. talkSPORT's Talent Spotter has more.
Name: Liam Moore
Date of birth: 31 January 1993
International: Three England U17 caps
Need to know:
1) At 6ft 1in and 14st, 19-year-old Moore is an imposing figure at the back and is capable of playing at both right back and in the centre of defence, where he has began the 2012/13 Championship season.
2) Currently tracked by Arsenal, Man United, Tottenham and a host of other Premier League clubs, Moore only signed his first professional contract in 2011 after graduating from the academy at Leicester City, his boyhood club.
3) At the start of the 2011/12 season, the Foxes loaned him to League Two side Bradford, initially on a month-long loan, which was extended to the end of the year. He returned to Leicester to make his debut away at Crystal Palace in January, then again at Leeds, with both games ending in 2-1 wins.
4) Under his captaincy, Leicester's U18 side reached the FA Youth Cup quarter finals for the first time in 20 years where they were beaten by Sheffield United 2-1. Sadly, a challenge from Moore on United's Jordan Slew led to a penalty, which was despatched by opposition skipper Elliot Whitehouse to make it 2-0.
5) Since making his home debut against Peterborough at the start of the season, Moore has played in the other three Championship games alongside club captain Wes Morgan, where his performances have brought him to the attention of football's big boys.
What is being said?
“It is important not to put too much pressure on him and say he has made it. He has taken his chance well. He is still a very young player with lots to learn, but he is in [the first team] on merit and, if he keeps playing the way he is, he will take some shifting out of the side as well.”
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson