Home grown debut, a player in from the crowd, good to see it happen as we all waited for that day

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Obviously not his first game in the first team, but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall did get his debut in the Premier League against Norwich. He has been out on loan at Blackpool and Luton and done well, coming back a more mature player and finally at the age of 21 getting his full senior league debut.

The Shepshed born midfielder is a player that joined the club at eight years of age and for many years been good for the U.23’s and lately seen great progress during his time out on loan. He was close to staying last season, but probably did best by going out, and being a midfielder with so much competition, it will be interesting to watch his progress this season.

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He is a bit different from the rest of midfield players and have a good eye for a pass, can score goals and also have more pace than a usual midfielder, which makes him tricky to mark and predict for an opponent. This is a good option to have in the tool box for Brendan Rodgers depending on which game he is suited for.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall made his debut in the first team in an FA Cup tie v. Brentford back in January 2020, and has been involved in much pre-seasons and played a number of friendlies, he has also played in the EFL Cup so this was his third official game for the club, but the first in Premier League action.

Luke Thomas is another young player that has come through lately and great to see Dewsbury-Hall following him, both are local and that counts a lot as the football club need to be in the area and spot talent as they also did in the early days, but in some way not always been clever in that department.

From those early days we did see local talent grow. Graham Cross and Alan Woollett were both in the line-up for that 1969 FA Cup final, so was Peter Shilton, all of them home grown and from Leicestershire. Malcolm Munro from Melton Mowbray and Andy Peake from Market Harborough did follow during the years after, not to forget Gary Lineker.

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Always grand to see those young players from the local area coming through and beeing from the county that makes it very special and the bonding between these players and the fans gives everyone something extra. We do also have to mention Stefan and Scott Oakes, two local born brothers, both playing for the club, and also Russell Hoult born in Ashby de la Zouch also in this county.

We could of course go on and mention a few more such as Emile Heskey, Dion Dublin, Jeff Blockley and Matt Piper. Not to forget Tommy Wright and Jon Stevenson together with Matt Heath who all came up through the youth system and played Premier League football at the club, mostly on the fringe but again local born players.

Others that came after was Levi Porter and Joe Mattock who both were locals and playing a number of games before moving on or being sold.

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We love it when it happens and it’s great for the club, the player, fans and everyone involved when such a debut is made as they are always very special. Kiernan had a good debut as well and could have scored or at least been given an assist if Kelechi Iheanacho had scored, but luckily in the end it had nothing to say for the final result and coming home with three points, that makes such a debut even better.

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