Affectionately known as ‘Bomber’ by his teammates due to his no-nonsense style of defending, Joe Bateman has been on the fringes of the first-team squad during the last two seasons.
The defender came close to appearing the matchday squad for the first time during an injury crisis last season and although he ultimately missed out, he joined Phillip Cocu’s squad in Florida for pre-season in July.
Bateman featured in friendlies against Sarasota Metropolis, Bristol City, Burton Albion and Girona, mostly at right-back, although he is capable of playing at centre-back and in midfield.
A former captain of the Under-18s, the 20-year-old played 18 times in all competitions for the Under-23s last season.
U23 Starts: 7
U23 Appearances: 7