Leicester 0, Sheffield W 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Another pre-season friendly under the belt, and it should have been a Leicester City win with many chances spoiled. Jamie Vardy had a few chances to convert in the first half, and later in the second half, Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray both came all so close without being able to score.

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A more of a first team line-up from start with those players in there who also appeared at the end of the season, and to be fair Sheffield Wednesday looked a bit sharper than Birmingham City in the earlier event.

It was only that goal missing and in the first half it looked solid in the back with James Justin, Caglar Soyuncu and Wes Morgan all looking comfortable, with also young promising Luke Thomas also given a start.

Wes Morgan was taken off early on with something that looked like a hamstring problem, and Darnel Johnson came on. Leicester City went off at half time probably unsatisfied with no goals scored.

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When the entertainment was at a low, certainly the expert commentator on the day, Gerry Taggart made it all pleasing and giving some a “big laugh” as he talked about his old days as a butterfly swimmer, then switching fast over to what type of sandwich he would eat at half time, fantastic.

Brendan Rodgers made a few changes going into the 2nd half bringing on Sidnei Tavares for Dennis Praet, and giving 45 minutes to Danny Ward and Kelechi Iheanacho as well taking off Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy.

The two Leicester City goalkeepers had little to do, and the chances that Sheffield Wednesday created either went wide or over the post. So it was a calm day for the two, but again to keep a clean sheet is always positive.

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Demarai Gray came on, so did Josh Knight, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Vontae Daley- Campbell, Filip Benkovic and Josh Eppiah. Of course when you do so many changes you just want players to have a go and not really looking much at anything really, and results are not important.

Interesting comments from Matt Elliott after the game having his thoughts about additions to the squad or how Brendan Rodgers can fix his challenges in different positions in the team suggesting a few new players on the way in and at the same time probably seeing some players in other positions than they appear at the moment.

The game was new minutes in the bank as the next game will be at home to Blackburn Rovers at home on the 5th of September.

  • Positives
    • Seeing so many players getting vital minutes on the pitch
    • Producing some great chances, especially Gray and Barnes had a few
    • Caglar Soyuncu looks like a leader at the moment, really impressive
    • James Justin playing all 90 minutes
    • Two clean sheets so far in the pre-season
  • Negatives:
    • Missing the goal chances, should have killed the game off
    • Not able to control the midfield area in the first half as much as you would like to see
    • Don’t really fancy a three men back line, it’s not what we hope for going into the season
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Justin 6, Soyuncu 7, Morgan 6, Tielemans 6, Mendy 6, Praet 4, Albrighton 7, Vardy 6, Thomas 6, Barnes 7, Subs: Dewsbury-Hall, Gray, Johnson, Iheanacho 6, Knight, Daley-Campbell, Ward 6, Tavares 6, Benkovic, Eppiah, Choudhury

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Leicester City, Man of the Match

    • Caglar Soyuncu

Malcolm Manley

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Sad news about the passing of Malcolm Manley, a true grit defender at Leicester City during his days in the late 60’s and early 70’s, coming on as a sub in the 1969 FA Cup final and of course picking up his runners-up medal after that 0-1 defeat to Man City.

He played under three different Leicester City manager in his six years in the first team frame, being given his debut by Matt Gillies, playing on under Frank O’Farrell, winning the 2nd division, and of course a few seasons under Jimmy Bloomfield before making his move to Portsmouth.

Before moving on he had another sub experience in the 1971 Charity Shield win v. Liverpool, which made him a bit special as he appeared from the bench in two such special occasions, but also a regular in the sides that entered the top flight and being often in the back partnering Graham Cross or Alan Woollett.

More competition in the back from a younger Malcolm Munro made it difficult to keep a steady first team place, and he was overlooked more and more before making his move to Portsmouth, but that was curt short with a knee injury after just 11 games played.

His professional football career never peaked again, but Manley had spells in both South Africa and Australia being able to play at a lower pace in leagues that didn’t have the same quality as in the top flight of English football.

During Manley’s days at Leicester City he often appeared on telly in Scandinavia as games were live on a Saturday evening, with him and his raw look seen in games v. Cardiff City (1969), Sunderland (1970), West Ham (1972), and of course  also in the 1969 FA Cup final, so we did see him a few times in action, Malcolm Manley.

FACTFILE

  • Full Name: Malcolm Richardson Manley
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of Birth: 01.12.1949
  • Birthplace: Johnstone
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps / Goals: –
  • Major League Career:
    • 1966-73, Leicester City (120/5)
    • 1973-74, Portsmouth (11/0)
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Leicester City not really favourites to sign big profile players, Juventus, Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich players don’t fancy Leicestershire life!

If you look back at previous years and how likely it is to see big stars signing deals with Leicester City, you will be dissapointed. The fact that the club is not considered as a “big club” is one impact the other one is the thrill of moving to East Midlands.

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You see the best Leicester City players moving out to other destinations such as Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd, clubs that in the World picture tells a totally different story than the fairytale.

The latest rumour about Luiz Suarez might be one that could happen, but not likely when you see other clubs such as Ajax and Juventus both in the mix. The Barca forward is one of Europe’s best forwards and as we did see in the past “Svennis” also struggled to bring in his former players as part of his plan to build a great team.

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Brendan Rodgers is the previous manager of both Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez, but frankly those players might have totally other offers to consider. As we see rumours appear TCF believed that William Carvalho from Real Betis could be a player who would consider Leicester City as a step up, but it’s gone totally silent lately.

If we look back at the previous signings done in the past, you will find a bouquet of variety. If we just go back to that summer after the PL winning season you find the following moves happening.

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Ron Robert-Zieler signed from Hannover, Islam Slimani joined from Sporting Lisbon and Ahmed Musa came in from Russia and CSKA Moscow, and in the January window Wilfred Ndidi moved in from Belgium and Ghenk.

In the past the signing of Ricardo Pereira might be the most posh and surprising of the lot as he joined from FC Porto a club that often attracts the big and not really selling internationals to clubs in the region of Leicester City.

Youri Tielemans had a bit of dip in his career when joining from Monaco and despite a heavy fee not really impressive with Monaco. The fact that Tielemans had a great loan spell with the club might have been a key reason for joining Leicester City.

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We have seen Kelechi Iheanacho joining from Manchester City, but again a player that hardly was in the first team frame at The Etihad. If you look at those players sold for big fees, they joined from the backyard or has been part of the academy at the club.

Leicester City managed to lure Esteban Cambiasso and Gokhan Inler from Inter and Napoli, but both players were at a stage in their career that might give Leicester City a try but as we did see both players left after just one season at the club.

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Looking at the current rumours appearing you have almost 100 players in the mix, and maybe we will see one to three new players arrive, but to predict who is at this moment a very difficult guess.

The left back position is a big topic in the media, but might not be at the club, we just have to wait and see what Brendan Rodgers will do, and the names Kieran Tierney and Jamal Lewis are both in there, so we just have to wait and see.

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The possible inclusion of Sidnei Tavares and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in the first team squad this season, could see Brendan Rodgers not doing any business in the midfield area and even let Dennis Praet leave as he looks more suited for a life in Serie A than in Premier League and the fact that he has been a bit on the fringe is not what Praet might have as an idea of a life in football.

Up front it’s likely that a player that can combine a wide role and also being a solid forward option is on the way in, with a great number of players in the mix, but also the fact that players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Demarai Gray and Islam Slimani still are on the books could see it difficult to include even more players without anyone going out.

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