In Both Camps; Manchester City

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Kelechi Iheanacho has been with Leicester since 2017, when he joined from Man City for a fee of £25million, and has since that day and until April 2023, played 146 league games for Leicester and scored 29 goals. His tally in FA Cup games are the most impressive with 13 goals in 18 games, his tally in League Cup games is 7 in 18. In Europe, 4 goals in 19 games.

Riyad Mahrez is one of many players with a life at both Leicester and Man City. He has since joining up at The Etihad had a lift, winning a number of trophies as part of the set up under Pep Guardiola.

Paul Dickov is a bit classic as he did spend two periods in both camps. Not many players can brag about such an act. Dickov had a bright star among Leicester City fans and his time at Man City was probably a bit more difficult as he played in teams that struggled and even played in League One for both parties.

David Oldfield is a player that had a life in both camps joining from Man City back in 1990 staying until 1995, before moving on to Stoke, Peterborough and Oxford. David, born in Australia, but playing for England at U.21 level, was a key player during the days of Brian Little, and in total playing 221 league games scoring 32 goals.

We should not forget our current goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel who started his career at Man City, but losing out in competition with Joe Hart. Both players went on to become full internationals for their countries. Kasper is still a great goalkeeper at Leicester and his contribution has been phenomenal. 318 league appearances so far and has passed the likes of Peter Shilton and Gordon Banks and chasing Mark Wallington in games played.

Mark Robins is one of those players who have been both a Man Utd and Man City player, but in between those two stops he did play for Leicester City. Robins had a bit of a roller coaster ride at Leicester and not really settling steady for a long period at any club, but on his day a brutal goalscorer knowing how to score.

Riyad Mahrez is the latest player to have switched between the two clubs, getting a great start at Man City, winning “The Treble” with The Blues and earlier of course part of the PL winning side at Leicester. His contribution at Leicester was massive and he is starting to produce on a regular basis for Man City as well.

Jim Melrose is a player that joined Leicester from Partick Thistle back in 1980, moving on to Coventry and Man City. Melrose was seen as a possible top forward for Scotland but never played at full international level. Later a scout at Leicester City.

Paul Cooper spent most of his career at Ipswich Town, winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup while at Portman Road. In his later years of football playing he had spells at both Leicester City and Manchester City, he was picked up from Birmingham City reserves early on and battled Laurie Sivel for the first team gloves while at Ipswich.

Ben Thatcher joined Leicester from Spurs and after just a season moved on to Manchester City were he did play three seasons, before moving south again to London and Charlton Athletic, before ending his career at Ipswich Town.

Former England international Steve Howey had a short spell at Leicester City joining from Manchester City, but injuries stopped his progress. Neil Lennon and Gerry Taggart both started out at Manchester City but had just brief spells in the first team before being shipped out and later joining Leicester City.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Paul Cooper
    • Marton Fulop
    • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Defenders
    • Ben Thatcher
    • Spencer Prior
    • Lee Marshall
    • Steve Howey
    • Michael Ball
    • Gerry Taggart
  • Midfield
    • Riyad Mahrez
    • David Oldfield
    • Neil Lennon
    • Nicky Summerbee
    • Danny Tiatto
    • Don Revie
  • Forwards
    • Paul Dickov
    • Wayne Clarke
    • Ashley Ward
    • Mark Robins
    • Jim Melrose
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

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