The transfer window has just been closed and a name that was never in the rumour mill during the summer has turned up as the one most interesting January target.
The signing of James Maddison from Norwich looks like a magnificant move and also the age of the player and his career steps is a bit of a twin of other players such as Demarai Gray, Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy, coming from EFL teams and making the break with Leicester City.
The player in “the eye” is Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack. Dack (24) has a background from Charlton Athletic Academy and Gilllingham before making the move to Blackburn Rovers.
Dack joined Blackburn Rovers in front of last seasons League One promotion campaign. He impressed heavily in his first season at Ewood Park and was voted EFL (1) player of the year.
The 24 year old Greenwich born, was released by Charlton Athletic at the age of 14. He moved to Kent based Corinthian before making his move to Gillingham at the age of 19.
Dack played 160 league games and scored 31 goals during his time at Priestfield, he had earlier been noticed by other clubs, but stayed until Blackburn got their man for a fee of £ 750 000.
Dack had as earlier written a great last season and the start to his first in the Championship has been sensational with 4 goals in 4 appearances, so to see Leicester’s interest is of course thrilling.
With the top six clubs hoovering the market in Premier League and also buying the best players abroad for prices not possible to compete with. Leicester City and other PL clubs ,in “the best of the rest” race, have to look elsewhere.
The Championship and League One are a bit underrated and are among the 10 to 15 best leagues in Europe. Clubs are all professional and players coming up are all interesting objects. Great to see Leicester City tracking those two leagues instead of going abroad, it makes sense.
Looking at the signings of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison from Fleetwood and Norwich and also Tottenham’s move for Dele Ali from MK Dons. You will find great talents here and in your backyard instead of using time scouting with a “moon rocket”.
You can of course find great talents out in Europe as well, but the progress of Riyad Mahrez and maybe Cesc Fabregas, is seldom seen and players who you would sign from abroad must be more finished articles, the language barrier and culture also makes it difficult to adapt and settle, so yes, go down and see what you can find in England.
Leicester City have in the past done great, signing players from lower league teams. Matt Elliott, Steve Guppy, Neil Lennon, Robbie Savage and Kasey Keller are just a few examples.