Patson Daka, Ademola Lookman, Daniel Amartey, Luke Thomas, James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Kelechi Iheanacho and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are all young players getting much playing time and great trust from manager Brendan Rodgers, but are they all capable of taking up the duties and deliver what is needed to be part of a steady Premier League top side.
The fact that Kasper Schmeichel, Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy are all on contracts soon to run out and players getting the push not really makes the grade after a grand number of games makes it difficult for Brendan Rodgers to find his best formula.
Football is a tricky game, looking at the evolvement of teams and at Leicester this has been seen as a start and stop experience with the aging group of talismen in Vardy, Schmeichel, Evans and also Albrighton being the players that looks at this moment to be difficult to replace.
Harvey Barnes, Daniel Amartey and James Justin all stands out as players capable of delivering tactically and with skills that are on a standard that they attract interest and good words from outside, making them players other value and rate highly, that in itself is a good reflection to look at as it makes others notice their progress and show interest.
TCF has seen Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall over a number of games and yesterday it happened again, he never takes the ball and the leading role in midfield and seldom or never gets either an assist or a goal. His contribution in Premier League action is little or nothing as his movement, passing of the ball and involvment never results in much. This makes him a big risk as a trusted member of a very special area in a football team.
Patson Daka and Luke Thomas are also down at avarage and with Ademola Lookman it all looks like a luxury ride as his defensive abilities are not at all in place and he is often contributing with something up front but seldom becomes pivotal and important as games gets to the point were results are at stake.
Brendan Rodgers has put a lot of faith in his new recruits and it hurts to see that they are nothing else than carriers. They need to step up, but are they players who can do that?
We do believe Brendan Rodgers is hoping for some sort of a breakthrough for these players but they are on a short road to being limited to bench warmers or even being sold if results are not getting positives and them contributing in the way they have to.
To make space for younger players to come in is a difficult act and to see up to three players at the time being given such a chance is difficult. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall might run his socks off and work as hard as he ever can, but when the results is written on paper we cannot just hope, he must deliver here and now. Time is running out for the local lad as he looks helpless in being a proven alternative for James Maddison, Youri Tielemans or any other experienced player being left out of the team by Brendan Rodgers.
Luke Thomas also delivers steady performances but at this moment he looks uncertain and not taking enough responsbility when it is up to him to do that. Ryan Bertrand will not be the ideal left back alternative going forward, Thomas can be, but his presence is not enough at this moment.
Harvey Barnes, James Justin and Wesley Fofana all are players that deliver almost every time and also showing the grit and understanding making them players to trust going forward. Players such as Hamza Choudhury and Bouba Soumare and of course not forgetting Dennis Praet are others in this category, but they are also looked at with numbers of question marks.
The “one of our own” syndrom could also be difficult to act on as players coming from and around Leicester always will be special for fans and of course getting them through is fantastic, but at the end of the day results matter and being local is no criteria to consider when picking a first eleven at Leicester City FC.
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