Loan watch and updates as Leicester might be considering new deals and options regarding returns and departures

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Thakgalo Leshabela has made a return to Leicester after his loan move to Crewe has ended. This was a half season loan, and has not worked as well as you would have thought. The South African midfielder made just 2 starts in league action, coming on 8 times, as he was involved 10 times in League Two. This was probably not what Leicester had expected and his presence in the U.21 set up could have been more important, as he would have gained a bit of experience to a midfield that has a very young line.

George Hirst could also return from Blackburn to Leicester long before his loan deal expires. He was supposed to be at Ewood Park for the season, but with only 9 appearances so far and no goals to show, Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomassen is eager to be able to get a solution of a return to Leicester, and bring in other players to keep his push for promotion going. Blakburn are currently 3rd in The Championship.

Hamza Choudhury is at present at Watford and and has not been involved much lately, out injured at present. He has since moving to Vicarage Road played 19 league games. Watford are 4th in table and pushing at least for a play-off position. The move looked a good match, but with the current injury stopping him from playing, it might be one that could just dry out in the sand. He was a key player in the team before his injury problem, so we do expect him to continue and see out his season long loan spell.

Josh Eppiah is out on a season long loan at Northampton Town. He is not a certain starter for The Cobblers, but still enough involvement to look at this is a move that in a way has worked well for the youngster. He hit the headlines in the game vs. Leyton Orient scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win. He will surely be involved and hopefully get more games as his fitness level comes back to his best standards.

Highly rated defender Ben Nelson is loaned out to Rochdale. So far not a major success as he probably should have stayed at Leicester and played in the U.21 this season, regarding his chances, being involved in a relegation battle avoiding the drop from League Two. He is a bit in and out of the team, and probably not the best place to be at the age of 18. The England U.19 defender will be with Rochdale until the end of the season, and hopefully not experience a relegation in his first real season of first team involvement.

The two goalkeepers Brad Young and Jacub Stolarczyk currenlty on loan at Notts County and Fleetwood have so far not played much and are not first choice at neither clubs. Stolarczyk had a successful loan at Dunfirmline last season, and would probably have hoped for more than just being second choice. Leicester do have a number of goalkeepers as the two might see their chances elsewhere when their loan moves expires.

A number of players in the development squad could be possible loan options for several lower league clubs, currenlty standing in 12th position in PL2, just a point above the relegation zone. Difficult days and decissions to make as the balance of development and loans must be valued.


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