Mukendi is a freak of an athlete though, and he's good on his feet. He's kind of in the Ngoo mold, but without the trickery. He's a good prospect for those who prefer athletes over footballers.
And he went on trial with Barnsley (or Burnley, I forget) earlier this season when he wasn't getting a look in with the u18s. I think it was just the club trying to get him to make that extra push to earn the contract. Seemed like it did the job.
He can also play on the wing and up front, and that kind of versatility is cherished in the reserves. Wouldn't be surprised if Hatch is kept for the same reason.