Young and promising midfielder shows quality, when will the England international take his next step at Leicester

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Brendan Rodgers must be thrilled to see that the youth set up at the club brings forward a large number of talents that he can look at as he decides on his next move. With both Papy Mendy and Hamza Choudhury on the fringe, and hopeful of a move away from the club, eyes can be put on Sammy Braybrooke as the youngster progress through the ranks.

The U.23 side played Everton recently and Braybrooke was a vital part of that set up, still just 17 years of age. He is also a very tiny type of player and not the tallest one, but his energy and eye for a quick and accurate pass is one of his greatest qualities.

Leicester avoided the drop from the top last season and gladly so with the club in a bit of transition with a number of very young players coming through and getting to play in the U.23 team. We have seen players reaching their age to move on after not getting into the first team set up and that leaves a massive gap to fill for current coach Ben Petty.

This is a difficult balance as players in this category also are considered to be good loan options for clubs in the lower end of the league pyramid. The fact that a great number of players also are shipped out and moving on will of course test the club in this department.

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Sammy Braybrooke did show us all against Everton that he can cope with this level and his playing style gives us all hope of a new and energic prospect coming through. He has allready cought attention at international level representing England U.18 in a friendly v. Wales earlier in the year, and of course exciting to see a new recruit taking those steps with Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell and Luke Thomas going the same route.

Results have been a bit up and down for the U.23’s with two draws against Man Utd and Blackburn, a massive defeat v. Crystal Palace and this nice and energic win v. Everton. We do believe that the young midfielder that trained with the first team in pre-season will progress further.

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His style is also a bit aggressive and as we did see against Crystal Palace and Everton he can be exposed at times as he was given the yellow in both games, but hopefully that will be something to work on as the team needs his presence and not see him missing games because of this.

It will be exciting to follow Sammy Braybrooke going forward and if his progress continues we all know that Brendan Rodgers can be willing to give him some first team look in’s in the EFL Cup so not surprised to see his inclusion going forward.

TCF believe in youth and how they can take the next steps and should be the place to look instead of buying fringe players for massive amounts without really having the instant need for their services. Leicester cannot go on buying more as the club needs their youth programme and seeing players coming through is the way we would like to see it happen.

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Next up for the U.23’s is an away fixture v. Brighton on Friday the 24th of September. We will hopefully see the team in the same way as they are eager to pick up more points and climb the ladder.

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There are great talent around and with Sammy Braybrooke getting more game time and hopefully add vital experience to his game at his very young age, it will be interesting to see how far this energic type of a player will get.

This is a young and new fine group of players coming through interesting to watch as the season progress and hopefully we will see Brendan Rodgers looking at this team as a possible recruitment area rather than going into the transfer market and buy players for the future.

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Leicester far below Napoli in a club global rating, will this be vital when the two meets for the first time in their clubs history

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Leicester will play Napoli at home in their first Europa League fixture of the season. In a club global rating, Leicester are far behind Napoli, but will this be a key factor when the game kicks off.

Looklng at the stats from previous seasons and measuring those key facts in a rating system might give you an indication but we believe in any way that Leicester must go out not as an underdog but put pressure on Napoli from start as they try to win this game at home.

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Looking further at the stats, you will see that Leicester are 7th among English clubs with Man City, top of the total list, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal still above, based on previous results, and other criterias, going back five to six years.

The game on Thursday will of course be of great importance in the ranking system and to get as many points as possible in Europa League games makes you climb in this special list.

To see Leicester as high as they are in the ranking might have been a far dream going back with the club a few years ago in the 3rd tier of English football.

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We do hope that the European campaign will kick of with a grand opener and that Leicester can defeat Napoli at home and close the gap of positions between the two clubs also in this rating.

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Napoli will not be the easiest of tests, starting with three straight wins in Serie A coming against Venezia, Genoa and in their last fixture a strong 2-1 victory v. Juventus.

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The aftermath from Man City, how to keep everyone 100% happy, Soumare, Daka, Mendy and Amartey on the fringe

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The Man City game showed again a dilemma in the selection policy and also strange to see that certain players just fell through completely against an opponent that could have been a scene for other players to shine.

Jannik Vestergaard was chosen in front of Daniel Amartey and he was totally out in the cold not really an alternative with Jonny Evans and the Danish international clearly in front in the pecking order.

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Boubakary Soumare do have a more defensive strength than both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, he was not in the team and not given a chance at all, so you do think, why is that against such a fantastic team.

The fact that we all as Leicester fans believed we had a chance of a point clearly is an indication that we are patriotic, Man City had the ball in 61% of the game and then to play James Maddison and Marc Albrighton, might be a failure as none of them are great and special players in counterattack.

Of course both Maddison and Albrighton do have the abiltiy to play that vital pass that could set up Barnes or Vardy who do have pace to win a race against the Man City defenders, but again both do not have the ability to keep up with the pace needed in a game where you surely struggle to keep the ball off the opponent.

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We certainly hope that Jannik Vestergaard has no injury worries at all, but to see him taken off for safety reasons looks totally strange, the same said about the fact that Jonny Evans was given his first game of the season, three minutes after Leicester were 1-0 down with a defense a bit shaky at the time and not organized the way it had been for the first hour of the game.

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Would like to see a more analytical approach to games going forward and not a happy go lucky approach which makes games more unpredictable and of course hoping that at least Soumare and Dake will be given time to shine in this Leicester team, if not, why sign them as just covers.

To sign expensive fringe players and send others out on loan or sell them after never being a first team certainty. This has to be addressed as money can’t be flushed out on players not really seen as clear first team men, hopefully Brendan Rodgers will find a way to get on with this problem.

This type of policy started with Claudio Ranieri who did transfer blunders that cost him his job, adding Kapustka, Musa, Mendy, Zieler, Wague, Gray and Amartey without really having a plan for them. He brought in Wilfred Ndidi which was a master signing, but he was a player given a good chance establish himself in the team.

Under Claude Puel it continued with Craig Shakespeare and Brendan Rodgers adding to that way of running the show, but again why buy just to have a number of covers that in real will not be able to flourish much without game time in the first team.

Leicester cannot in the future just play players on the fringe in the EFL cup, but hopefully we will see something of a plan of this against Napoli, with certain players rested and again see new and fresh faces in the line-up, without upsetting the balance and fall flat.

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