The first player to arrive at Leicester City in the summer is young Irish forward Ali Reghba. He has allready made his debut for Leicester City U.23’s.
He played two games as a trialist and scored two goals. He is currently back with his Irish club Bohemians, but will join the development squad at Leicester City in the summer.
Recent results for the U.23 has not been as you would have expected and as the first team has just blossomed under Brendan Rodgers, the results in the development team is not as you would have hoped.
So what will Reghba bring to the table. He started and scored two goals in the game v. Swansea City. A raw and not yet finished article but being chased by a number of clubs and also been on trial at Middlesbrough, he is a player in demand.
Born in Ireland and been capped at the U.19 level he looks as if he will continue his international career in green, but he could also chose Germany or Algeria based on his parents and grandparents natives.
Reghba is often compared to Zlatan, and not for the looks and behavior of the field but his presence on it. So the excitement for this players is huge and hopefully his potential will blossom at Leicester City.
Not only the first team at Leicester are involved in transfers, but in recent years young players such as George Thomas (Coventry City) and Sam Hughes (Chester City) have been signed for six figure fees.
Thomas and Hughes both made it to the sub bench in the first team and are still part of the clubs plans. Thomas as a U.23 player at Leicester City has allready made his full international debut for Wales, while Hughes is still part of the development squad and waiting for his big breakthrough.
TCF would like to see more players in the Leicester City first team with a previous life in the academy and that most recruitment of new players are done via the academy. That way you will really feel that talent scouting and development work is worth while and something bringing the club forward.
To have an academy just to have one, is probably more of the pattern these days as so many players are just shipped out and joining clubs in the lower leagues, and many of them never gets through to the first team.
We wish and hope that Ali Reghba will follow players such as Andy King, Jeffrey Schlupp, Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury who are all examples of players coming up from the academy and becomuing first team players.