Leicester City eying Mahrez replacement ?, more french influence
DATE: 27.10.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
Claude Puel will
probably try to get the Leicester squad in shape and happy and that
could see players leave and players arrive when we reach January,
changes in the coaching staff has allready happened
Michael Appleton will continue in his role, but that didn't stop
Puel from appointing a new number two. Pascal Plancque has been
recruited and will work alongside Appleton and Puel and be part of
the management team.
Plancque (54) worked under Puel at Southampton last season and has
also a good cv. He played for most of his career with Lille and also
had a period at Auxerre, before moving down the league's playing for
Stade Lavollois and Pau FC.
During his time as a trainer, he has before joining Southampton
worked in French football. He has filled different roles at clubs
such as FC Pau, Auxerre, Lille, Bolougne and Lens, working with
younger players and hopefully this can give more players from the
academy a chance.
During the days of previous management, very few players have been
able to take the step up to the first team and established
themselves. If Plancque can help in this, that would be great since
it's always good to see your own recruits coming through.
At the moment the U.23 group at the club is full talent and
interesting players, and to see a few of them establishing
themselves as first teamers would be nice. Who will is not easy to
say, but a few of them should certainly have a great chance to do
Ben Chilwell, Jeff Sclupp, Liam Moore and Harvey Barnes, together
with Josh Knight and Hamza Choudhury are just a few names that in
the past has made a contribution, and of course Andy King, so we
just have to wait and see.
Still just in the end of October but rumours are out there, and if
Riyad Mahrez have a desire to leave, few believe that Puel will do
the same as Shakespeare, he will try to get a replacment and
according to several tabloids Paris winger Hatem Ben Arfa is lined
up as the one.
Ben Arfa has always been looked up on as a great talent, but now at
the age of 30, he should really kick start his career. He did well
at Lyon and Marseille, and had a relatively good spell with
Newcastle. His time at Paris has been a bit mixed.
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