Men's Team

Who is Josh Wilson-Esbrand?

Everything you need to know about the Manchester City youngster, who has been named on the bench for our Premier League fixture with Southampton.

The 18-year-old joined the Club from West Ham United in July 2019, immediately joining City’s Under-18s set-up.

And while his debut campaign at the City Football Academy was cut short by the postponement of the Premier League’s Academy Games Programme due to Coronavirus, the defender helped us to secure a league and cup double across 2019-20.

Wilson-Esbrand linked up with our Elite Development Squad (EDS) the following year but a knee injury forced him to miss the majority of the campaign, as Enzo Maresca’s young blues claimed an inaugural Premier League 2 title.

But the youngster has responded to that setback with an explosive start to the new season, helping Brian Barry-Murphy’s side to three wins from our opening four league matches, as well as further triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and in the EFL Trophy.

A pacey and powerful left-back by trade, Wilson-Esbrand combines a potent attacking threat from the flank with a defensive composure that belies his years.

And those qualities, along with his hugely impressive EDS performances so far this season, have seen him rewarded with a spot on the bench for Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton.