Leicester U.21 is not in a good place at the moment, losing points and not showing the form needed to survive in the PL2 set up. Lewis Brunt, Sammy Braybrooke and Kasey McAteer were all absent as they are covering space for first team players currently out injured.
McAteer and Brunt both played vs. Gillingham in the FA Cup, Braybrooke was an unused sub, so the injury situation also affect the selection and depth of the U.21 set up. Chelsea were the stronger side all through the game, with little or no major chances for Leicester to count.
Chituru Odunze was again doing his job in goal, and with the return of Takhgalo Leshabela and Ben Nelson, from Crewe and Rochdale, you would have thought the team should not have been struggling as they did, but again Chelsea, currently 2nd in the table, is a strong team and not easy to defeat.
They killed the game in 1st half, with goals from Rankin and Webster, as the latter curled the ball with a brilliant finish with no chance for Odunze to save. Leicester made two chages half time, bringing on Fitzhugh and K. Pennant for the last 45 minutes. A return to action for Bayli Spencer-Adams coming in the 72nd minute for another new face Deniche Hill.
Deniche Hill recently joined the club on full basis, signing a professional contract in December, as the Bermuda born versatile will be interesting to follow. Still not more than 18 years of age, and seen as a special one.
T. Pennant also got minutes in the game coming on for Tawanda Maswanhise after 75 minutes. Maswanhise was silent in the game, but so far made an impressive season with 5 goals in 11 games.
Odunze, Appiah, B. Nelson, Wormleighton, R. Nelson, Leshabela, Flynn, Wanya-Marcal, Maswanhise, Cover, Hill, Subs: Fitzhugh, K. Pennant, Spencer-Adams, T. Pennant
Next up for the U.21’s are Arsenal, another difficult fixture against the team in 4th place. Leicester are currently 13th, and in the relegation zone, but still very possible to push for safety as teams above are in close distance.
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