We have been talking about the right-back challenge at Leicester City in a number of previous posts and Tcf suggested Darnell Johnson as the ideal choice and long term alternative in this position.
Darnell (20) recently signed a new contract with the club and started games in the first team during pre-season, but since been playing in the U.23’s and doing well. He is seen as a defender who can operate in the middle and to the right, and good with both feet.
If you can perform steadily in the U.23’s, been part of the first team during pre-season, has passed the age of 20, and been capped at all youth levels for England up to the U.20’s, surely you should be given a chance.
Puel has made a number of talks about the position, describing the player who used to play regularly, Danny Simpson, as one he will never play again, despite naming him in the 25 Premier League squad.
Ricardo Pereira was bought from FC Porto in the summer to be the certain alternative, but his eager to go forward has seen Puel converting him back to the position he used to be playing in, right-flank, after a number of strange performances in the earlier parts of the season.
The third alternative and used lately, Daniel Amartey is not really comfortable with the position, not able to show steady and good performances, struggling against the bigger clubs and against tricky wingers with pace.
Johnson is a player who have great pace, can tackle and he can take on a challenge and been seen in play, often goes forward and doing his business fairly. He is well trusted and a great young prospect, so why not give him a go, can’t really be a problem, hopefully we will see him soon and hopefully Puel will also in this position give youth a chance.
Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool has been linked with a move to Leicester in recent weeks, but the player with a long track of injury problems could be a signing who is a bit of risk if he continues to pick up injuries.