Sheffield United 1, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

As favorites always nice to deliver and when Jamie Vardy started the “party” at only 38 minutes and that made it possible to finish first half with a lead, and away, that is just fantastic.

A day without Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi in the starting line-up, makes it a nervous affair trying to slot in players to fit in perfectly. But with Christian Fuchs and especially Hamza Choudhury in the team, the two makes almost every doubt disappear.

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Great praise to Caglar Soyuncu who looks worth £100million at the moment, and with different blogs and websites alert Jurgen Klopp about a player he knows very well and has sniffed around for, while the player was at Freiburg.

Fans of this fantastic football club must stop shouting about new faces all the time, the academy at Leicester City and clever signings already at the club, serves the manager in the best way possible.

Hamza is a clear example, and not get carried away, we have a number of very interesting players in that U.23 team at the moment, so please be patient because the mix and blend at the moment shows what this is all about.

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James Maddison made it clear that even if Republic of Ireland are desperate to get him in, he should be in line for a full debut and be kept in that England squad for many years to be, his pass to Jamie Vardy today, shows how clinical he can be, just brilliant.

Despite seeing Sheffield United with most possession in this game, 53%, the way the players worked and kept the sharpness of “The Blades” to a distant, but they couldn’t keep £20million signing from Swansea, Oliver McBurnie as quit as they liked, with him scoring a fine equalizer in the 62nd minute.

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Brendan Rodgers wanted all three points, and he made that vital substitution bringing on Harvey Barnes for Dennis Praet, and made Leicester City more lively up front with that little “pacy” Barnes coming on.

His goal from just inside the penalty box, will for always be remembered, what a strike, what a fantastic goal, and for all those remembering Alan Birchenall’s strike v. Leeds all those years ago, it was that memory that came back, what a fantastic strike from both. Assisted by Caglar Soyuncu, just perfect.

Jamie Vardy has seen his tally of goals going to 10 in the Premier League in 13 appearances under Brendan Rodgers. Impressive and showing the grit. The goal scored by Harvey Barnes, was a definitive winner, great to see that go in and settle the score.

  • Positives:
    • Vardy scoring, great goal
    • Schmeichel saves the day, with great work
    • Harvey Barnes brought on, becomes a goal hero, just great
    • Winning away, going 3rd in the Premier League
    • Morgan coming on, superbly and contributing in the air
  • Negatives:
    • Could have finished this of earlier
    • Ndidi and Chilwell missing
    • Perez not as sharp as you would expect
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8. Pereira 7, Fuchs 7, Evans 8, Soyuncu 7, Choudhury 9, Maddison 8, Tielemans 6, Praet 6, Vardy 8, Perez 6, Subs: Barnes, Morgan, Mendy

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 53 / 47
  • Corners: 7 / 4
  • Shots on target: 2 / 1
  • Fouls: 11 / 6
  • Offsides; 0 / 4

 

Guys in Disguise, Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani, Sporting Lisbon duo, £50million Leicester waste, reunited at Monaco

Adrien Silva and Islam Slimani joined Leicester City for a joint fee of £50million. Looking back it’s a waste of half a billion, and shows how football management has gone wild and totally unpredictable. Both players were close to legends and iconic figures at Sporting Lisbon. Now they are together again at Monaco.

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The duo played a vital part in Sporting’s great results during their days at the club. They also played together, something they have not experienced at all at Leicester City. Islam Slimani joined Newcastle United on loan when Silva was eventually ready to play in that half season ramble, and during Craig Shakespeare’s management period, in a way “crippled” the career of a player starring both domestically and at international level at the time.

Islam Slimani joined Leicester City after a fantastic three year spell at Sporting, scoring goals and being seen as one of the hottest objects in Europe. The disastrous use of Slimani and the way he in a way joined Leicester City without a clear plan of his use.

Being slotted in together with Jamie Vardy up front, replacing Shinji Okazaki and as we all know, Claudio Ranieri tried to change the way Leicester City was playing and might have started a turn without a plan, and Slimani not really working well in a partnership with Jamie up front.

Despite great wins against Club Brugge and Burnley, Claudio decided to experiment and not really build on that Vardy/Slimani partnership to flourish.

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This is now history and the duo of Slimani and Silva are again together, both joining Monaco on loan from Leicester. Silva had a good period at the same place last season and hopefully Slimani can be in good hands as well back in a partnership with his former teammate at Sporting Lisbon.

Premier League is the “top arena” for football and someone might say that La Liga is a better league, but on the planet earth you will not find anything better. Portugal and France are good footballing nations but their domestic leagues are not of the quality of Premier League, so this might be a good place to be for the duo.

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers knows his business and ranks, the 30’s or so, duo are not in the first row of players to play week in and week out at Leicester City and we believe Brendan Rodgers are so correct.

So why are “managers” allowed to use £50million on players that we as fans would now were not really first team material. To have a bit of cover, so you should use, £50million on reserve team players, the World has gone totally mad, and Leicester City should address this as “not tolerated” as money could have been used much more sensible.

Good for all parties that the duo now is back playing and believed to be with great influence at Monaco who probably will use both players from start as they are two clever footballers with a loads to offer.

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To be honest, both must be seen as “Guys in Disguise”, since their appearances for Leicester City are not many and they are both players that likely will leave the club as big, big, failures and not really worth the price paid, when you look at the use.

Brendan Rodgers will certainly be sleeping easier regarding the way of dealing with fringe players, which is excellent. And again, don’t sign big money deals when you don’t have a clear first team idea of a player, just let it be.

Slimani will be out on his third loan spell while at Leicester City, Adrien Silva returns to Monaco for a 2nd spell with the French league club.

Adrien Silva

  • Full Name: Adrien Sebastien Perruchet da Silva
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 15.03.1989
  • Birthplace: Angouleme
  • Nation: Portugal
  • Caps / Goals: 26/1
  • Major League Career:
    • 2007-18, Sporting Lisbon (168/32)
      • 2010, Maccabi Haifa (6/0) Loan
      • 2011-12, Academica (34/5) Loan
    • 2018 ->, Leicester City (14/0)
      • 2019, Monaco (15/0)
      • 2019, Monaco (-/-)
  • Links: Wikipedia

Islam Slimani

  • Full Name: Islam Slimani
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 18.06.1988
  • Birthplace: Algiers
  • Nation: Algeria
  • Caps / Goals: 63/27
  • Major League Career:
    • 2007-18, Sporting Lisbon (82/48)
    • 2018 ->, Leicester City (35/8)
      • 2018, Newcastle United (4/0)
      • 2018-19, Fenerbahce (15/1)
      • 2019, Monaco (-/-)
  • Links: Wikipedia

In both camps, Sheffield United

Picture: Geoff Salmons

Today Leicester City will play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. A number of players have crossed paths between the clubs, and as they are red and white, maybe sometimes with a bit of black, you can start thinking of those who wore both shirts.

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Richard Stearman is of course one, who started his professional life in football with Leicester City and are among the players in the Sheffield United team today. Stearman left a long time ago, moving to Wolverhampton in 2008, 11 years ago. He was then a fresh young talent, and his Wolves days were impressive, performing steady in the Premier League. Later spells at Fulham and Ipswich and a special return to Molineux, before joining “Blades” in 2017. At the age of 32 he is on the fringe of Chris Wilder’s team, and most certainly not a starter today.

Next name in line is Brian Deane. Deane had a number of spells at Bramall Lane. Deane was a very influential player when Sheffield United reached the top tier back. He also became historical when he, against Manchester United, scored the first goal in Premier League action. This was 27 years ago, August 1992.

A man that has been in charge of both clubs are Dave Bassett. Bassett became a master of promotions making that incredible climb with Wimbledon and later doing a bit of the same with Sheffield United. His time at Leicester City was a bit as a “caretaker” and had a short time in management just before and after Micky Adams was in charge.

Micky Adams has also been in charge at both clubs, Leicester City from 2002 to 2004 and at Sheffield United from 2010 to 2011. Adams never played for his home town club, neither did Jamie Vardy or Gordon Banks, but as we all know, Leicester City’s record sale Harry Maguire is a born and bread Sheffield United lad, strangely three of Leicester City’s most iconic players Vardy, Banks and Maguire are all born in Sheffield.

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We should not forget Alan Birchenall who started his career with Sheffield United, and later moved to Leicester City, after spells in London with Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Ade Akinbiyi is another with a life in both camps, had a short spell at Sheffield United from 2005 to 2007.

Former Leicester City great, Arthur Rowley, had a management period at Sheffield United, and as we all know spent a period of time as a fox, scoring goals for fun. Marcus Bent is also a former Blade and Fox.

Danny Cadamarteri, is also one to have been in both camps, short spells, not to forget the tricky winger Franz Carr. Nathan Dyer spent time on loan at Leicester City and Sheffield United, being part of the title winning team of 2015/16. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, is also one with a few games.

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The lively forward Bobby Davison used to turn out for Sheffield United, actually in two different periods, in between his time at Leicester City. Geoff Horsfield might no be recognized for his time in both camps, with only short loan spells. Joe Mattock is another who we all know were a glorious young talent at Leicester City, and the now Rotherham defender used to play on loan at Bramall Lane back in 2010-11.

One single appearance was what former Leicester City goalkeeper Carl Muggleton experienced while on loan at Sheffield United. Dean Sturridge is one who also had a short loan spell at Bramall Lane, and played for a short period of time at Leicester City.

Not to forget Alan Young, who was sold to Sheffield United by Gordon Milne, who cashed in a fee of £200.000 on the tall Scottish, Filbert Street, fans favorite.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Mark Bunn
    • Carl Muggleton
    • Alan Fettis
  •  Defenders
    • Joe Mattock
    • Ritchie De Laet
    • Harry Maguire
    • Richard Stearman
    • John Curtis
    • Mike Whitlow
    • Rob Ullathorne
  • Midfield
    • Nathan Dyer
    • Franz Carr
    • Willie Carlin
    • Lilian Nalis
    • Geoff Salmons
  • Forwards
    • Alan Birchenall
    • Brian Deane
    • Danny Cadamarteri
    • Alan Young
    • Bobby Davison
    • Dean Sturridge
    • Marcus Bent
    • Richard Cresswell
    • Barry Hayles

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