Leicester City recruiting for important job as former Manchester City midfielder linked
The latest Leicester City news from LeicestershireLive, looking at City’s job hunt, the latest on Jamie Vardy’s injury, a reported transfer battle with Aston Villa, and more.
Leicester City are seeking a new loans manager as they look to provide their promising talents with the best opportunities to develop in the senior game.
City are looking to make an appointment after the departure of Guy Branston. He had held the role for more than three years before his exit in March, the former centre-back leaving to become a football agent.
The club’s recent successes have shown how important a role it is, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall the most obvious example. His impact for the club over the past few months is largely because of his exposure to regular first-team football with Blackpool and then Luton.
Harvey Barnes enjoyed effective loan spells with MK Dons, Barnsley, and then West Brom before his promotion too. Both of those players helped save the club splashing big money in the transfer market to bring in players of their quality.
Rodgers gives Vardy injury update
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that striker Jamie Vardy was scheduled to rejoin training on Thursday. The striker has been out of the side for several weeks after suffering with a knee problem, which Rodgers now hopes will have been put to bed.
Vardy has been working hard with the medical team at the club’s training ground after experiencing pain in his knee while striking the ball, though running has not been a problem. The former England striker finished his last course of injections last Tuesday and posted a video clip of himself sprinting at the training ground on social media platform Instagram on Wednesday.
Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Everton, Rodgers gave a promising update on his star striker. “He’s looking good,” Rodgers said. “He’s joining the squad tomorrow (Thursday) for training, which is great news for us. He gives us that extra dimension at the top end of the field.”
City and Villa linked with midfielder
Leicester City and Aston Villa are both interested in former Manchester City midfielder Seko Fofana, according to reports.
The 26-year-old, of no relation to City defender Wesley, plies his trade in Ligue 1 with RC Lens and has surpassed all expectations with his performances for the French side.
So much so, he has caught the eye of Leicester City and Aston Villa, according to But! Football Club. The two clubs “strongly appreciate” him as a player, though no potential transfer fee was mentioned.
City issue rears its ugly head again
The issue of game management has reared its ugly head again for Leicester City.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have now dropped eight points in injury time this season, with three of those coming over the last five days. The manager defended his players after the match against Everton, saying his young squad will learn from those goals and that he was happy with his team’s performance overall.
While some will consider that understandable, it will be unacceptable to frustrated Leicester fans who are wanting to see their side grow. It feels as though these late goals are stunting that growth somewhat, which is a shame given how far they have come over the past three years. Rodgers’ decision to replace Papy Mendy with Daniel Amartey on 84 minutes has been cited as a bizarre decision. It is not the first time that has been the case this season, with the dramatic collapse at home to Tottenham after Jannik Vestergaard’s introduction immediately springing to mind.