The topic regarding transfers are usually headlines about stars joining the first team set up, but as we all know Leicester have a squad of 25 and obilgations to all players when signing them. It’s not a pigsfarm football clubs are running.
The top six clubs as they are described and not yet any place for Leicester on that list, despite being 5th in the last two seasons, are doing a grand job with their academies and U.23 set up. Looking at it in perspective you will find interesting details to discuss.
Leicester do compete with Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in that area as well and of course great to see that one of the recruits from the U.23 set up, Tanawat Suengchitthawon is doing well for his national team and as we have seen, been part of the first team squad when injuries and other issues have seen him taking the step up.
Leicester played Leeds in their last game in the PL2 on the 21st of December, fielding a team of most players being from 20 years of age and lower, with the only player above, being defender Lewis Brunt at the age of 21. The team defeated Leeds 3-1 away which of course is a great result and Ethan Fitzhugh scored two of the goals, still only 19, and been named on the bench by Brendan Rodgers for games in the first team set-up. He has also played in the first team during pre-season so why is he not a candidate to fill in when strikers are not available?
Looking at the PL2 table Leicester are currently 9th with 16 points among fourteen teams. West Ham are staying top with a total of 31 points followed by Tottenham, Man City, Arsenal. Man Utd in 7th, Liverpool and Chelsea struggling behind Leicester in 10th and 11th position.
With this in mind we do have a number of players out on loan playing in League One and below, Leshabela hardly been getting a look in at Shrewsbury, Callum Wright doing good for Cheltenham, Tyrese Shade being in and out of Walsall, currently mid table in League Two. Sam Hughes (24) is still contracted to Leicester and currently with Burton Albion on loan. Daniel Iversen (24) is progressing in Championship action with Preston North End, and since joining Leicester made his Denmark U.21 debut and also been part of the A team squad as well. Since joining Leicester i 2018 he has spent most of his time away from the club being loaned out to severals as his chances behind Schmeichel, Ward and Jakupovic has been limited. George Hirst is also among loan players and at Portsmouth in Leauge One, playing on a regular basis but a bit of a struggle when it comes to scoring goals, the forward has scored only one goal in 16 league apperances and last season on loan at Rotherham he didn’t score in 31 league games.
To bring in youngsters in the first team set up is also something to address, but we do know that having too many on the field at the same time will probably be of risk but to field two or one could be the solution when Brendan Rodgers do have a problem on his mind, and actually hope it will be good enough covers instead of splashing out cash on players you really do not need.
Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand and Filip Benkovic are just examples of players at the club at the moment that looks overlooked and not really trusted. Vestergaard and Bertrand have been rusty and troubled when playing against the top teams of Premier League with Benkovic not really seen as an alteranative and also struggling heavily with injuries.
The fact that the club needs almost 40 players to get the season through and will be seen playing European Conference, FA Cup and Premier League going forward hopefully will not drop the standard and we could see BR working his way down in the academy to find players of interest and more following Kasey McAteer to a full first team debut.
Tanawat Suengchitthawon and Tawanda Maswanhise are together with Ethan Fitzhugh names to look out for alongside those we have seen named earlier such as Ben Nelson, Kasey McAteer and Vontae Dailey-Campbell. They are young and interesting players to call for. 17 year old Sammy Braybrooke has also been spoken highly for as the England U.18 player progress further.
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