Leicester City are a club known for some shrewd business over the years with the likes of Gordon Banks, Jamie Vardy and Alan Smith especially, breaking through after being signed from some very odd places. Bank’s joining from Chesterfield, Jamie Vardy coming in from Fleetwood and Smith in a move from Alvechurch.
The names you see in the list of possible new recruits are a bit boring, and also being “marketed” by their agents as prices are inflated. TCF have again digged deep in the ocean of football to find some very interesting names.
Looking at the current squad, which looks fine at the moment, but with a few players maybe on the way out, you start to see the likes of Eric Dier and James Tarkowski in the list of possible targets. Obvious and probably very expensive signings and of course steady and not very energic moves in the market.
Not that Leicester City should run around and start a tivoli football club, but some targets might be interesting to look at as you are out scouting. Those players that are around but not much talked about or not mentioned at all. The Okazaki’s, Soyuncu’s and Albrighton’s, real bargains who looks to become or became fantastic value for money.
Leicester City does not have a good battler in the air, a forward who can turn up and score and also fit the pattern, as both Islam Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho has struggled to do, finding goals difficult. Iranian World Cup forward Sardar Azmoun is a “jewel”, a player currently on the books of Zenit St Petersburg. Only 24 years of age, 32 goals in 48 internationals. A climber in Russian football.
An area that looks a bit uncovered at the moment is out wide, a flank is needed, one to replace Albrighton long term and to be a steady performer with pace and a good pass. At the moment players not really flanks are covering the area, with Demarai Gray lacking the final touch and the technique to be there to win games for Leicester City. So were do we look. League One is a place to have a watch, and a player in great form is Ipswich Town left sided youngster Myles Kenlock. 22 years of age, 1.85 tall, and a player that are in full progress. He is mostly seen in the left back position, but could easilly go further up the field and an exciting player to keep an eye on.
A third player to look at is a central defender. Udoka Godwin-Malife has just signed for Forest Green Rovers, snapped up from Oxford City in front of the season. The 19 year old did not play for Oxford United, but for City, before entering the professional game. A player who has played steady first team football from an early age, which makes you more robust than a 19 year old nursed in a top club academy. Godwin-Malife is a key to the great start of Forest Green Rovers. The player is a phenomena playing Sunday League football four years ago, and almost hanging up his boots.
The Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth showed that the youngster can cope with players of Premier League standard as they held The Cherries to a 0-0 draw, losing the game on penalties.
Forest Green Rovers manager Mark Cooper is a mastermind coach, one that knows how to get the talents to flourish at the minor club also a miracle act to even get the club into the EFL. He has allready been “seen” as a potential man for bigger clubs and with “Dokes” he has a really diamond in his squad.
Players in League One and League Two, or at lower budget Championship clubs might be easy to tempt with an offer, but as we all know, the clever act of transfers is often difficult and you should be certain, but we also know that Leicester City have done those fantastic moves for players from Crewe Alexandria (Savage, Lennon), Oxford United (Elliott) and Port Vale (Guppy).
You can spot talent from the shadows when they turn out in game against higher lever league teams and it will be interesting to watch Burton Albion when they take on Leicester City on the 29th of October. Burton are currently 14th in League One, and probably not seen as the most difficult hurdle, but at home at Pirelli Stadium you have to be “on the job”, or else, you can get in difficulties.
One to watch is their Scottish midfielder Scott Fraser. Previously played for Dundee United at Scottish Premier League level and a player who can upset other teams if you don’t look out as he also scores goals and so far netted 9 in 46 outings for Burton Albion.