31st December 2019

It’s been a fantastic year for Colossal’s talent roster with plenty of exciting individual moments occurring both on and off the pitch.

Our array of gifted players from their respective club’s first team to the academy have all strived to win trophies and achieve their own targets – from Raheem completing the domestic quadruple at Manchester City to Coniah and Jadan lifting the Syrenka Cup for England’s u17s.

This yearly review will summarise the key accomplishments from all of our stars and what the rest of their current seasons have in store:

Arbër Zeneli

Arbër transferred over to Reims in January to kick-start his year after featuring for Heerenveen for the first half of the 2018/19 season.

Arbër left the Dutch Eredivisie side in style, making his 11th league assist for the campaign and completing the full 90 minutes in a 4-4 thriller away to Ajax.

The 24-year-old had been a regular for Reims before a fatal cruciate ligament injury on international duty for Kosovo in June would rule the skillful winger out until next year.

With a return to action expected shortly, 2020 could be a significant year in Arbër’s career as helping Kosovo to qualify for their first major tournament and advance to the European Championships is at stake in the play-offs.

Albert Rusnak

Albert’s season in the US started in March as he looked to help Real Salt Lake lift the club’s second MLS Cup title in history and their first since 2013.

Albert has been a mainstay in Salt Lake’s plans since moving across the pond from Groningen three years ago. Despite losing in the Western Conference semi-finals of the MLS play-offs, Albert like Arbër also has do-or-die clashes in pursuit of a place at Euro 2020 in March.

Now resting up having recently finished this past season with Salt Lake, an interesting year awaits for Albert.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

It’s been a year of ups and downs for Alex in recovering from a major knee injury sustained in April 2018 which kept the England international out of action for the first half of 2019.

However, Alex has sprung back to life since his recovery, making an instant impression for both Liverpool and the Three Lions. Alex’s five goals in all competitions so far have been crucial to what is proving to be a successful season for Liverpool after winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup – with Alex starting in both finals.

Fantastic strikes against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and a brilliant brace away to Genk has proven the unique talent Alex has in being a valuable player for the Reds. Scoring for England in the 7-0 home win against Montenegro at Wembley also put a positive spin on the last 12 months.

Alex has also featured in commercial campaigns, including being the first to experience Three’s 5G network back in October, playing Call of Duty’s latest Modern Warfare game.

Cody Drameh

After making his England U18s debut in March and signing a first professional contract with Fulham in August, 2019 will be a year Cody won’t forget after taking monumental strides in his progression to the professional circuit.

The 18-year-old is already making a statement at Fulham’s U23 side where Cody has been playing frequently at right-back.

Cody, alongside teammate and fellow Colossal client Martell, has helped the Development squad to a current mid-table position in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table – six points off the promotion play-off places.

Coniah Boyce-Clarke

Lifting the Syrenka Cup with England’s U17s highlighted a magnificent 2019 for Coniah as he made two penalty-shootout saves in the final against hosts Poland in September.

At just 16-years-old, Coniah is already wearing the gloves between the posts for Reading’s U23s whilst filling in for the U18 side when called upon as the goalkeeper hasn’t been short of game time recently.

Having signed a professional contract until 2023 earlier in May, the next 12 months will give more time for Coniah to impress Reading and England’s coaching staff.

David Sesay

David’s inclusion into Crawley Town’s first team since late 2018 with a rapid rise in his playing time at the Red Devils this past year has been paramount in his steps of being a regular at the People’s Pensions Stadium.

The 21-year-old only recently made his 23rd appearance of the season as David’s ability to contribute to his team’s attacking involvement whilst showing his strengths defensively has made him a Crawley fan favourite.

Back in March, David was awarded a first-team spot for Kenya on international duty. However, he decided to turn down the opportunity, demonstrating his professionalism in wanting to help Crawley avoid relegation from League Two, which he did.

Jadan Raymond

Jadan joined Coniah in lifting the Syrenka Cup with England’s U17s as it was the Crystal Palace youngster’s winning penalty which created history for his national team.

16-year-old Jadan is making positive steps so early in his career, keeping academy staff alerted on the youth prospect’s progress at the south-London club.

The talented centre midfielder helped Crystal Palace’s U15s win the national Super Floodlit Cup in May which was another fantastic accomplishment this year for Jadan.

Kasey Palmer

As Kasey made his January loan move to Bristol City into a permanent transfer in the summer, the Englishman is eager to propel his career to new heights having left Chelsea, where he had lifted five honours including back-to-back FA Youth Cups and UEFA Youth League titles.

Now 22, Kasey has settled into life at the Robins, surpassing 100 career appearance in contributing to a fruitful season for City, who are targeting promotion to the Premier League this season.

Kasey has played 19 times for City in the Championship this season and will look to add to that tally in 2020.

Malachi Talent-Aryeetey

Since inducting as a scholar in July alongside Coniah, Malachi has strived to make his mark for Reading’s academy, where the midfielder has been playing for the club’s U18s side.

At the end of the 2018/19 season, the 17-year-old had made a handful of appearances in the Premier League U18s, being involved a further nine matches in the league this current campaign.

Malachi will be desperate to recover from an on-going injury in 2020 as the Englishman will hope to make further moves up Reading’s talent chain.

Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Martell has led the line for Fulham’s Development squad side since departing from Chelsea where the striker had lit up the Blues’ academy, scoring goals at multiple age levels – including being the U18 Premier League top scorer in 2016/17 with 21 goals.

Since his move across south west London to Fulham, Martell has shown determination in earning game time at a first-team level with occasional appearances on the bench for Fulham after making his debut in a 1-0 Carabao Cup home defeat to Southampton in August.

One particular game where Martell has stood out was scoring a hat-trick for Fulham U23s at Craven Cottage in a home encounter against Reading in September.

With the Cottagers’ first-team coaching staff already aware of the 20-year-old’s talent, more opportunities at the professional level beckon for Martell.

Marvin Johnson

Marvin’s most decorated achievement came this year after the 29-year-old, who not so long ago was playing at non-league level, helped Sheffield United achieve promotion to the Premier League.

The former Kidderminster Harriers man, has continued his astonishing rise up the professional game as Middlesbrough retained their trust in Marvin, keeping him in their plans for the current season.

Marvin has shown his adaptability in playing in various positions, most notably at left-wing-back where the natural winger has shown his defensive robustness for Boro.

The Englishman will be hoping to futher lift his club’s spirits for 2020 in aiming to sway his side away from the Championship’s relegation zone.

Raheem Sterling

2019 has been a significant year in Raheem’s career with individual praise and team success coming in waves for the Manchester City and England star.

Raheem has been a necessity in leading of the Premier League’s greatest sides to glory, having played a telling part in Man City’s domestic quadruple success including winning back-to-back Premier League titles and scoring a brace in the 5-0 FA Cup Final victory over Watford.

Last season’s Football Writers Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year also led England to third in the UEFA Nations League – concluding the calendar year with 43 goals and 23 assists combined for club and country in all competitions.

Off the pitch, Raheem has continued to be a role model off the field with charitable donations including purchasing 550 tickets purchasing 550 tickets for Man City’s FA Cup semi-final to students studying at his old school back in April along with being included in the Football Black List for 2019.

Raheem has also been an incredible commercial asset, featuring in H&M’s holiday campaign and becoming a global ambassador for Gillette.

Reece Oxford

Reece made one of the biggest choices thus far in a highly anticipated career for the 21-year-old, leaving West Ham and making a permanent stay at Augsburg after a successful loan at the back of the 2018/19 campaign.

Reece has come along way since making his debut for West Ham’s first team as a 16-year-old away to Arsenal – a match which Reece looked composed and assured in a memorable 2-0 win at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder has been targeting a regular spot for Augsburg and has been given sporadic opportunities this season for the Bundesliga outfit.

Reece continues to be tested against the best, with his biggest challenge of the year coming in a 2-2 home draw against Bayern Munich in October, a match in which the former England U17s captain started.

Tariq Uwakwe

An injury that has ruled Tariq out since September has been an obstacle to what had been a fascinating year for the Chelsea ace.

The 20-year-old has made his presence felt at the Blues academy, making 20 appearances in Premier League 2 with Chelsea’s U23s currently second in the table and a point off top spot.

Tariq will hope to boost his club’s chances of more youth glory in his return to action next year as the attacking midfielder will be desperate to alert Chelsea’s insiders in 2020.