Conor Coady getting close to join Inler, Ünder, Collymore and Kane in a very exclusive list of former Leicester players

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If you look up our stories and updates regarding “guys in disguise” you will find a number of fantastic footballers that came to Leicester, but in some way never managed to fulfill their potential and their time at LCFC became far from a highlight.

Conor Coady was seen as a pivotal signing in the summer, but a pre-season injury stopped his chances of getting into the side from the start. Since he returned, he has only started one league game under Enzo Maresca.

Leicester signed Coady from Wolves for a fee of £7.5million, but the form of Wout Faes and Jannik Vestergaard has seen Coady’s chanches to play very limited. We all know that when coming to an age of 30, game time is the most important. It must be strange, for the former England international, to see his chances so limited after moving down a division from a former life at Premier League level.

Cengiz Ünder is another player to recently experiencing a similar situation at Leicester, being played just 9 times in the league during the 2020/21 season. On loan from AS Roma, injuries and other players being preferred, did see Ünder experiencing a bit of nightmare loan spell, getting in the league team from start on just one occasion. He is back in Turkey this season, playing for Fenerbahce, after a period with Marseille. He is to date capped 51 times, scoring 16 goals for Turkey.

Gokhan Inler had a grand career with clubs such as Udinese and Napoli, playing a total of 259 league games for the two Italian clubs. At the time when joining Leicester he was also the captain of Switzerland, and during his first months at Leicester, appearing at Wembley for his nation vs. England. The form of N’Golo Kantè and Danny Drinkwater, as well as having Andy King available, surprisingly led to a long way to a first team opportunity for the player that was looked up on as the one to take over from Esteban Cambiasso, but instead he was just used as a frequent sub and limited his appearances to the count of 5. Inler left after one season and joined Besikitas.

Stan Collymore became the most expensive player in English football history when he joined Liverpool from Nottingham Forest. The fee was £8.5million back in 1995. Five years later moving to Leicester from Aston Villa on a free transfer, as the move early on looked as one taken out of a fairystory. It alk ended after a few months, Collymore playing only 11 games in which he scored 5 goals, due to a broken leg and also having little motivation to play on under Peter Taylor and instead winding down his career with moves to Bradford City and Real Oviedo. Collymore retired from football just a year after leaving Leicester.

There are a number of moves to Leicester that was supposed to get a totally different road than what happened. Looking up our “Guys in Disguise” list makes an interesting read, as those players never hit it off at Leicester but had glorious careers at a higher level elsewhere.

Hopefully Conor Coady will not end up in the list, but at this time he looks very much a type in this category, with a certain Jannik Vestergaard also a clear candidate before this season, but looks for from that at this point.

You will find some fantastic footballers in this list, with a certain Harry Kane among those.


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