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Pre-season friendly, MK Dons v Leicester, no goals, few answers and fringe exit talk

DATE: 29.07.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

City played MK Dons yesterday and again they struggled in front of goal. Ulloa played up front alone, and he never got the service needed to score a vital winner.

Heavy rain and the fact that City also play Wolves today made this just a game to get minutes on the pitch. Not ideal to have two games in two days, but again an oppertunity to see players against a fairly good opposition.

MK Dons manager, former City player Robbie Neilson, was eager to show his former employee and coach Craig Shakespeare that he knows the game well and that he can make competition out of a pre-season game v. City.

The game was one very tight with both teams having their chances. The stats shows that City never dominated, but had a few more shots from distance than Dons. Robbie Neilsson's team had lost their two previous pre-season friendlies v. Szeged and Brentford.
 

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Shakespeare played Amartey in central of defence, which is his best place. Plenty of positives from the Ghana international who is looking sharp when getting the chance alongside Yohan Benalouane.

Tom Lawrence is also getting a lot of praise from journalists and fans watching the game. He was a treath and against opposition like Dons he will always get it right. His form in the Championship last season was good.

The decission for Shakespeare is to decide on keeping him for another year, and give him a chance to flourish in the City team. Sell and get a good fee for him. Brighton have, according to the taboids, offered 8 million for Lawrence.

What about Ulloa. Playing up front alone in a 4-1-4-1 system. If or rather when Iheanacho arrives, then Ulloa will be fifth in the pecking order behind him, Slimani, Vardy and Okazaki. TCF believe that Ulloa will be frustrated again and demand a move away.

 

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Hamer was in goal, why ?, why didn't Jakupovic play ?. Will he be involved today v. Wolves. Why are not Schmeichel getting 90 minutes in every game played to gain 100 % fitness. The answers are few, questions are many.

Darnell Johnson played at right back. He is a very talented player and will give Danny Simpson competition. Chilwell played to his level and is comfortable on the left. A good alternative if Fuchs is out. Elder is a third cover on this position, playing from start against Luton.

James and King played in the heart of midfield. A combination with King and James should work ok, but they never managed to dominate in a game against a League 1 side. Not a good test. Both are on the fringe, and it looks as if James could be on the way out.

Derby and Birmingham are both reported to be looking at James. Ipswich would also be an option, but his contract at Leicester is one good, and to get that type of payment in the Championship might be difficult. Barnsley, who had James on loan last season, could not compete.

Demarai Gray got his first run out this pre-season and the lively winger is eager to show his skills. Nothing wrong with his ambitions but so far he looks a bit "wild". Can't really figure out Gray, but his pace is a great weapon.

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