Punjabi wonderkid joins former Premier League champions Leicester after leaving Aston Villa

Wednesday 23rd August 2023 08:55 EDT

FA Youth Cup winner and former Aston Villa midfielder Arjan Raikhy has joined Leicester. Arjan's father Rav Raikhy told Sky Sports News: "We're all so proud to see Arjan sign for Leicester, who are of course former Premier League champions. It's been a wonderful journey with Aston Villa, and as a family we're grateful to everyone at the club and the amazing Villa fans for all of the support. Now, it's time for the next chapter. It's a really exciting move for Arjan and it gives kids the chance to dare to dream. The journey continues."

Raikhy shot to prominence after a wonder goal against Chelsea for Villa's U18s back in November 2020. The midfielder made his senior first-team debut just two months later in an FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool, a moment described by supporters' group Punjabi Villans as "incredible".

Raikhy ended a memorable season by setting up Ben Chrisene's opener in a 2-1 victory against Liverpool as Villa's U18s lifted the FA Youth Cup. The midfielder enjoyed another productive campaign the following season as he earned the distinction of helping two teams - Stockport County and Grimsby Town - get promoted back to the Football League during two separate loan spells. Raikhy is former Thomas Telford pupil, which is the same school that was attended by Punjabi Wolves defender Kam Kandola, who recently featured in a first-of-its-kind children's activity book, focused on players and practitioners from South Asian backgrounds.

Raikhy and fellow Sikh-Punjabi professional footballer Mal Benning appeared at an event earlier during South Asian Heritage month to celebrate South Asians in The Game, held ahead of Sporting Khalsa's pre-season friendly against Punjab United.

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