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Striker Zayn Hakeem has been involved ith the first team setup at One Call Stadium fairly regularly over the past 18 months, 

The youngster has subsequently made a handful of appearances for the first team, showing great pace and finesse on each occasion.

The 16-year-old was previously on the books of Nottingham Forest where he was a part of their under 16s side, and upon being released he was spotted at the exit trials in which academy manager John Dempster was both present.

Hakeem has been a regular goalscorer for Dempster’s men, propelling them to back to back English Football League Youth Alliance titles.

He has also appeared in Mansfield’s two FA Youth Cup runs, where his energetic displays and abilities to beat his marker in a one-on-one situation have impressed the watching spectators.

Like many of the under 18s, he has been a prevalent part of first team training under the watchful eye of boss Steve Evans. Hakeem can play as a forward, but is equally effective as a left-winger, which is where he played for Forest before joining Mansfield.

Since Dempster deployed him in a more attacking role, his pace has been a frightening prospect for opposition defences.