The importance of HGP and academy graduates in Leicester development the only way to be unique in future

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Looking back we all know how Leicester over the past decades have managed to survive as a club and based most of their first team solidity on home grown talent and good academy work.

Leicester do have a scouting system for young players down to early age covering from Cambridge in south to Sheffield in north and trying to get players of good talent in as young as possible.

Harvey Barnes, Luke Thomas and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are three great examples of how such great work can lead to and we have seen in the past with Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker and Emile Heskey, all local born, what the city and shire can produce of great talent.

Looking even further back Gordon Banks was a HGP signed from Chesterfield and of course inside this circle that is the closest scouting area for this football club.

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Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire and James Maddison are all players signed from a close area would also count James Justin in that category. In the 60’s Leicester had also an established a good scouting system in Scotland were they did bring in a great number of talents such as John Sjoberg, Malcolm Manley, Alistair Brown and Frank McLintock.

Steve Sims, Steve Whitworth, Graham Cross, Bob Lee and Alan Woollett are other local born talents and Mark Wallington also coming from a close area. Looking at our list of players representing other clubs neighbours such as Nottingham Forest, Notts Coutny and Derby County do have many names in their ranks also with a previous life at Leicester. Andy Peake came from close as well.

Gary Mills and Mark Draper are two great examples, Matt Elliott arriving from Oxford and Steve Guppy from Port Vale. So many players coming in from close distance. This is the past of this football and club and at present it looks as it also will be going forward.

Not to forget Hamza Choudhury, Stefan Oakes, Ben Chilwell and Jordan Stewart. Julian Joachim and Ian Andrews are others. Andy King of course a player to count and you just have to admire the grand work done in the academy.

Players are coming through all the time and if not settling in at the first team moving out to other places to get regular first team football, two to mention are Elliott Moore and Liam Moore. Strange that a player like Che Adams never made it at Leicester, but still from the town so was Paul Anderson who some might remember from Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

In the academy at the momet players such as Kasey McAteer, Ben Nelson are both born close in Northampton. Sammy Braybrooke is a local lad from Leicster some the local lad is not gone but very much part of this special football club.

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