Leicester City midfielder on how Premier League 2 is the perfect stage for Under-23 players to showcase their talents.
Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury will never forget Season 2017/18 after his impressive performances while captaining the club's Premier League 2 side to a third-place finish, narrowly missing out on the title to Arsenal in the final match round. It led to him making his mark in the first team.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been with the Leicester City Academy since the age of seven and his dreams came true when he was handed his Premier League debut as a substitute in Leicester City's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium.
"Running out into the King Power, it was quite emotional, to be honest, especially to have my family watching me," he says.
"I really enjoyed it and as soon as I came off the pitch, I had the biggest smile on my face and I couldn't get rid of it for the rest of the night.
"When I joined I dreamed of making it to first-team football and playing in front of thousands, especially with being from around Leicester."
Choudhury finished the campaign with nine senior appearances under his belt and believes Premier League 2 offers a great platform for home-grown players looking to make the next step in their career.
"For a lot of the lads it's been a massive learning curve and helped us grow as people, and football-wise we've become a lot better and stronger," he said.
Did you know?
43 Home-grown players made their PL debuts in Season 2017/18