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Enhanced careers after leaving Leicester City for big money and record transfer fees

DATE: 01.09.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

Leicester City can be a great stepping stone into the big time of football. The recent transfer of Danny Drinkwater is one regarded as the opposite, only time will tell that story

A number of former foxes has been succesful after big money moves from Leicester City. Recent transfer of Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea is looked up an as one that can "flop" big time, with Drinkwater sold for £ 35 million to Chelsea.

The fee is the highest ever paid for a Leicester City footballer, and the England international is a fantastic story for the club. Signing Drinkwater five years ago from Manchester United for £ 1 million, that is well invested.

Going back you will find out that most of the "big money" moves away from Leicester are mostly regarded as great successes and we can go back and look at a number of deals that turned out well for the players leaving.

Frank McLintock is the first player to mention. City were a good side back in the early 60's with a number of internationals and also reaching the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup, but no one can stop Leicester City from being Leicester City.

The place and location in the middle of nowhere really, in the eastern parts of the midlands, far away from the sea and big city life, you have to be very fond of the countryside and "slow" life to be entertained in Leicester, when you compare to bigger places such as Manchester, London and Liverpool.

Frank McLintock was signed by Arsenal in October 1964, a fee of £ 80 000 made the move to Highbury possible.

Leicester had a great side and finished 4th in the league, just a season before. City were the League Cup holders, and McLintock played in the FA Cup finals for City both in 1961 and 1963. City had the England number one goalkeeper, Gordon Banks, but the move happend.

McLintock was a great signing for Arsenal, being their captain for many seasons and also being a key player in defence during the double act in 1970-71. He was worth every penny of the deal paid.
 

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Allan Clarke was the next player to be sold for a record fee, also an English record, when he moved to Leeds for £165 000 in 1969. City had been relegated to the 2nd division, and in the same season ending runners-up in the FA Cup final.

Despite getting relegated they would have, with Clarke in the team, got straight back up. Instead they sold him to Leeds. The move was a great success as Clarke grew into becoming an England international and is today among the legends of the Yorkshire club.

David Nish was the next, and another English record signing, when Brian Clough decided to pay £ 225 000. Nish joined the league winners at the time, and he also became a League winner when he was a key player for Derby winning the title in 1974/75.

Nish made his debut for England, while at Baseball Ground, and never faulted anyone after leaving Leicester City. He had a number of great seasons at Derby, while City never managed to get above them as a football club in those years.

The next player to make a record move away from the club was Peter Shilton, joining Stoke and later Nottingham Forest. He was a proven goalkeeper when leaving at the age of 25, but a move away from Filbert Street gave him a new life in his career.

Shilton won a number of trophies while playing for Nottingham Forest. He won all the major trophies in football, league, european cup, league cup, but never experienced the thrill to win the FA Cup, with his losers medal from 1969 as the best in that tournament.

 

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Frank Worthington, who left in 1977 was reaching his 30's when leaving and he became a nomad in football. His best year after City, was as a 35 year old playing for Southampton. Down at The Dell he was part of a Southampton team, also there were former foxes Shilton and Rofe, ending runners up in the league in the 1983-84 season.

Gary Lineker, Kevin MacDonald, Gary McAllister and Alan Smith are other players who moved away from Leicester City for big money fees, and they all experienced to improve their careers, winning great trophies in football.

McAllister, Smith and MacDonald all experiencing winning the league. Lineker, playing in the FA Cup and in Europe, after joining Everton, then Barcelona, and later Tottenham. So they all had a rise in football. The same can be said of Mike Newell and Emile Heskey, even Mark Draper must be regarded as doing well after leaving.

Julian Joachim made a move to Aston Villa at a time when Villa were considered a much better team than Leicester. Robbie Savage made the most of his career after Leicester, playing regularly in the top flight with Birmingham and Blackburn.

We must not forget N'Golo Kantè who after a year at Leicester City managed to win the league again, this time with Chelsea, after his record move a year ago. Neil Lennon is another good example of a player that got a lift, winning trophies at Celtic and playing in Europe.

Steve Sims had a short lived period as a youngster at City, sold to Watford and made the best out of a career that included a number of highlights while at Watford. He climbed the leagues while at Vicarage Road and in 1982-83 ending runners-up in the top flight.
He later played for Aston Villa.

To look at big money moves that not worked as well as you could have thought, Matt Piper and Gary Rowett must be part of that team. Ian Andrews never made it in football after Leicester. Max Gradel and Chris Wood are other names that in a way took a step down.

We just have to wait and see how a fee of £ 35 million will affect Drinkwater and if he will be able to make it at Chelsea. Looking at the move, it is a gamble for DD, and we certainly would have liked him to stay and fulfill his contract and commitments at Leicester City.

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