Claude Puel introduces soft rotation and new youth philosophy
DATE: 01.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
If you have followed the
management career of Claude Puel, you will find a pattern that shows
how he is able to combine a bit of rotation, work on a gameplan and
at the same time introducing youth
Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell were the two
surprises in the line-up in his first game, both played to their
best level. City won the battle and Puel got a great start to his
management at Leicester.
Since then it's been a bit predictable, but against Spurs, Gray was
back on the bench, Albrighton and Okazaki from start. He also
introduced Hamza Choudhury to the Premier League and a bit of a
surprise to see him getting a chance at such a crucial time in the
The obvious move would be to give Andy King the chance, but Puel
instead introduced Choudhury. This is something that Choudhury will
grow from and the fact that City managed to pull it of and take all
three points is mission accomplished for the debutant.
How many changes Puel will do in the January transfer window who
knows. Players are linked, and no smoke
without fire, so there are likely that one or two new faces will
find their way to King Power.
A number of loan moves looks likely to be happening, and a sale or
two could also be happening. Ahmed Musa, Daniel Amartey and Robert
Huth looks far from first teamers and moves away are likely.
To see Puel making space for the younger players is excactly the
policy the club must introduce, not being affraid of giving young
players a chance and Puel is a good spotter of talent as his
previous positions has shown.
From the past, Jock Wallace, might have been the manager who really
threw in young players with names as David Buchanan, Andy Peake and
Gary Lineker all getting their debuts as teenagers under the Wallace
Martin O'Neill was the one giving Emile Heskey the chance to
establish himself when in his teens. Peter Shilton made his debut at
City as a 16 year old and was a first choice as a 19 year old.
City still holds the record for the youngest captain ever in a FA
Cup final, with David Nish (21) skippering the team. The youngest
debutant playing for Leicester is Ashley Chambers, who made his
debut in an EFL Cup game at the age of 15.
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