Harry Maguire is allready proving to be £ 17 million well-spent by
DATE: 25.08.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
A number of sceptics scoffed at the £17million price tag that came
attached to Harry Maguire this summer but Leicester City took the
gamble and so far, it appears to be paying off.
Sheffield-born defender has been outstanding
during the Foxes' opening two Premier League matches and has been
rewarded with an England call-up.
Maguire has been named in Gareth Southgate's
England squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against
Malta and Slovakia alongside Jordan Pickford and Nathaniel Chalobah
and thoroughly deserves his chance at International level.
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The 24-year-old made the move from Humberside this summer after
impressing in a poor Hull side who were relegated back to the
Championship despite an upturn in results during the second half of
Maguire required a club record fee to secure his services but he's
certainly justifying his price tag so far. It's still early days in
his Leicester career and the centre-back is still developing his
game but Maguire looks confident on the ball and doesn't mind
putting his body on the line for his new employers.
He's already proven a nuisance from set pieces and claimed an assist
in his debut. His aeriel threat cannot be underestimated as Arsenal
found out on the opening weekend of the season when they left
Maguire largely unmarked allowing him to nod back across for
team-mate Shinji Okazaki to fire Leicester level.
It was a tremendously spirited performance from Craig Shakespeare's
charges who were unlucky to leave the Emirates with nothing to show
for their endeavours. Despite the scoreline, it proved to be an
encouraging debut for the new recruit.
The Foxes bounced back and took out their frustrations just eight
days later during their first home match of the season at the King
Power Stadium with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Premier League
Shinji Okazaki netted with just one minute on the clock before Harry
Maguire stepped forward and netted his first goal in a Leicester
shirt. It was the perfect way of endearing yourself to the home fans
and he thoroughly deserved all of the plaudits.
Maguire also registered his first clean sheet of the season with the
Seagulls looking rather blunt in attack. Shakespeare's men have an
excellent home record in the Premier League and they were correctly
tipped by Oddschecker to claim their first victory of the season
at the KP and keep a clean sheet in the process.
The next visitors to Leicestershire are champions Chelsea on the 9th
September with Maguire and fellow defenders likely to face a much
busier afternoon against Antonio Conte's men.
The defender started his career at Bramall Lane
with Sheffield United where he broke into the first team during the
latter half of the 2010/11 season featuring five times. He made his
debut from the bench during the Blades' 2-0 defeat at the hands of
Cardiff on the 12th April 2011 before playing a full 90 minutes
against Preston North End just four days later.
He went on to make 166 appearances for his hometown club before
eventually being snapped up by Hull for around £2.8 million in the
summer of 2014.
Maguire's new club were drawn against his former employers in the
2nd round of the Carabao Cup and he played 81 minutes against the
Blades on the 22nd of August. Another stellar performance helped the
Foxes emerge comfortable 4-1 winners against the Championship outfit
courtesy of a double from the forgotten man, Islam Slimani.
Their reward is a home tie against Jurgen Klopps' Liverpool on the
week commencing 18th of September and the two clubs meet again at
the King Power just four days later in the Premier League.
The new recruit
already appears to have a forged a rock-solid partnership with Wes
Morgan. The Foxes' captain, who was an integral part of the title
winning side under Claudio Ranieri appears to have a decent
understanding with the former Hull man and is prepared to sit back
whenever Maguire opts to bring the ball into midfield.
Maguire is seen as an upgrade on Robert Huth by
many Foxes fans with the German defender
currently on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury which
also kept him out of pre-season training.
The Huth-Morgan partnership helped keep four clean sheets in last
season's UEFA Champions League and the former Middlesbrough and
Stoke centre-back is still likely to have a big part to play at the
club this campaign. He got 60 minutes under his belt in an Under 23s
match earlier this week and is on the comeback trail.
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Maguire has received praise from a number of television and radio
pundits this season including former team-mate Alex Bruce who
confidently proclaimed that the big defender could be the signing of
the summer and is "Everything you want" from a centre-half.
Ironically, it was Bruce's presence in the Tiger's defence which
prevented him from breaking into the starting eleven during their
Championship campaign and prompted a short loan spell at Wigan
Middlesbrough were just one of a number of clubs sniffing around
Maguire last summer following the Tiger's promotion to the top
flight but he opted to remain in Humberside and fight for his place
in the team. It is believed that the Hull hierarchy would have
accepted around £4-5 million for the Sheffield-born star just 12
The Foxes face a tricky run of games either side of the forthcoming
International break. Craig Shakespeare's charges travel to Old
Trafford to take on an unbeaten Manchester United side before
hosting champions Chelsea at the King Power on the 9th of September.
Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are next up with the West
Yorkshire outfit yet to concede a goal since securing promotion from
the Championship before the aforementioned back-to-back meetings
with Liverpool. Maguire is set for busy September as he aims to stop
the likes of Alvaro Morata and Roberto Firmino from getting on the
Maguire was one of five summer signings for the Foxes with former
Hull team-mate Eldin Jakupovic arriving to provide competition for
the impressive Kasper Schmeichel between the sticks. Sam Hughes
joined from Chester FC whilst Vincente Iborra is tasked with
providing more steel in the centre of the park following his arrival
from last season's UEFA Champions League opponents Sevilla.
Finally, Kelechi Iheanacho, who was linked heavily with West Ham
this summer arrives on loan from Manchester City and has a terrific
goalscoring record in the Premier League despite his relative
inexperience at the age of 20.
Iborra is yet to feature in the Premier League
due to injury whilst Iheanacho has played just eight minutes from
the bench given a cameo against Arsenal but wasn't named in the
squad for the clash with the Seagulls. Maguire has barely missed a
minute since his arrival.
His new boss believes he can continue his progression and has even
centre-back to be a future England captain when asked about his
recent call-up before going on to praise the club's recruitment
Maguire has already featured once for the England Under 21s and will
be hoping to claim his first cap in the upcoming World Cup
Qualifiers which take place on the 1st and 4th of September.
Shakespeare also praised his new signing's "level head" and
suggested "he will take it all in his stride".
With transfer fees vastly inflated this summer, the £17million
coughed up by Leicester looks one of the best pieces of business
conducted by a Premier League club during this window as Maguire has
made an instant impact at the club.
Shakespeare's men face a tricky run of fixtures throughout August
and September but appear extremely unlikely to be sucked into any
form of relegation battle this time around and, with Maguire and
Morgan at the helm, they should be defensively sound this season.
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