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07 Oct 2015 15:49:50
Season So Far.
Andre Kramaric is apparently upset at the lack of opportunities at Leicester so far this season. The 9million rated Croatian International has only been given 15 minutes of premier league action so far in Leicester's opening 8 games. With the preferred front pairing of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy reaping rewards early on, and with 'forgotten man' Leonardo Ulloa often preferred coming from the bench as an impact substitute, Kramaric may indeed have to look for a move at Christmas (possibly on loan) to get more first team action. His only first team competitive action this year has been courtesy of the Carling Cup where despite scoring one goal in his two appearances, he has been outshone by young fox Joseph Dodoo who has scored four goals including a hat trick in the same fixtures.

With Leicester City's wingers Jeff Schlupp, Marc Albrighton and Riyhad Mahrez having also caught the eye so far this term, it seems unlikely that Leicester would be looking to bring in additional reinforcements in wide positions - especially having secured Nathan Dyer on a season long loan from Swansea in the last transfer window; rumours therefore that former Inter Milan winger Eziqiuel Schellotto (26) is being lined up on a free transfer and that Leicester may again approach Portugal's Sporting with an improved 15 million euro for Peruvian winger Andre Carillo (24), have fanned the flames of rumours that Arsenal are readying a Christmas window bid of around 20 million for Leicester's 24 year old Algerian ace. Mahrez has been one of the star performers of the premier league to date and has scored 5 goals and created as many for team mates in just 8 appearances reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona along the way. Despite this, the 20 million pound tag would be all the more amazing as he has only one full premier league season under his belt and Leicester City themselves only secured his services two seasons ago for a bargain £450,000. If Arsenal come knocking with sufficient money, the addition of Schellotto or Carillo could persuade Claudio Ranieri to let the young star leave.

The big change for Leicester this season however has been in the centre of midfield where the departure of influential Argentian ace Esteban Cambiasso during the summer left the manager and the fans seriously concerned about their lack of combative and creative guile in the centre of the pitch. Last season's ever present partner for Cambiasso, young Matty James, was a shrewd capture from Man Utd the season before and whilst proven in their Championship promotion season, he lacked experience at Premiership level. After a nightmare injury however towards the end of last term, James remains side lined until at least Christmas and Leicester's midfield options at the start of the campaign looked stark. Danny Drinkwater, another Man Utd graduate had featured heavily in the promotion campaign but failed to command a first team berth last season whilst Dean Hammond, another of Leicester's journeymen (Brighton, Colchester, Southampton) had provided cover on a number of occasions last season but had not given any indication that a premier league midfield could be built with him pulling the strings. Leicester's other home-grown option, Andy King, has been at the club for his whole career but was in danger of being overlooked as Leicester's Thai duty-free billionaire Rasiaksorn family owners having pledged 'big money' to avoid another relegation scrap. There ensued plenty of media speculation which culminated in the purchase of 24 year old French midfielder N'Golo Kante and 31 year old Swiss international captain Gokhan Inler at a cost of 5.5million each, but only after Leicester had played the first two games with Drinkwater and King showing enough to make it difficult for Claudio Ranieri to replace them in the next few games.

Rather than in the attacking third as largely expected, the area of concern for Leicester fans this season has been their inability to keep a clean sheet. In their opening eight games Leicester have conceded 15 goals and whilst they have ample experience within their ranks in Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Marcin Wasilewski and Christian Fuchs (combined 126 years and 169 caps between them), their inability to keep a clean sheet in any of their league or cup games so far has only failed to generate any real concern due to their apparent ability to outscore opponents. Whilst Leicester have bags of pace going forward, they are static and vulnerable at the back; indeed if City are looking to bring in any new players during the Christmas period, perhaps a full back with pace would be in order. Cheeky and congenial Italian Claudio Ranieri has in fact reportedly offered to buy his current charges a pizza lunch should they manage to keep a clean sheet and he could be forgiven for looking behind his back line nervously too as they also lack qualified cover between the posts. Whilst first choice Kaspar Schmeicel has notional cover in Mark Schwarzer, the 43 year old Australian stopper is well passed his best and might struggle if pressed into a period of enforced appearances.
Who would you sign and why?

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07 Jan 2015 13:43:42
So looks like Schwarzer and Kramaric both done pending work permit with ongoing discussions with Efe Ambrose, Nigerian International Defender (26) currently at Celtic, Jermaine Defoe (32), Japanese striker Shinzi Okazaki (28), Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney (31) currently at Wigan and Kyle Naughton (26) from Tottenham. I thought Pearson had been bemoaning the January transfer window as a difficult time to do business, and then he goes out and signs a whole new squad ;) If we get Maloney, Naughton and Ambrose I think we'll be in a good state to stay up.

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{Ed001's Note - sorry who is signing a whole new squad? You might want to think again about who you are giving the credit to mate. Pearson is not in charge of this, he has an input but he is not doing any of the deals at all.}


1.) Can't see all that lot signing for us, naughton and Maloney maybe don't rate the celtic bloke. jimlcfc


2.) Leicester fan living in Scotland and see ambrose playing for Celtic quite a bit looks out of his depth in spl would get slaughtered in epl


3.) Toronto reportedly want £6m and with wages of 70k a week, Being 32, Defoe would be financial suicide !!!


 

 

27 Nov 2014 14:19:25
What does anyone think about the rumours that Heskey wants to rejoin on a free? I have to admit to being very torn myself; he's 36 and hasn't played competitive football in a year, he's way passed his best and has had numerous injuries since he last pulled on a blue shirt but the romantic in me would love to see him prove the media and his personic detractors wrong in a final glorious swan song at the King Power stadium - He has been plagued with the tag of 'worst England striker' ever since he left Leicester but I've always felt that rating him as a striker drastically under-plays his contribution and actual role on the pitch. In truth though, he is not the answer, and surely we could attract a better calibre of player, if not a truer Leicester lad.

Horned Fox

1.) Heskey isn't the answer mate your right there that's for sure, feel we do need to sign a few players ( proven) on loan if we are serious about staying in the premiership . It's very tight down at the bottom , things can and will change down there over the next weeks/month or so, I still feel city will be fine but we've got to start scoring goals so top needs to get his wallet out ( big time) real soon if like I say we wanna stay in this league, and if we do, players will wanna come and play for us, look at hull city ! Once they stayed up, Steve Bruce has signed some quality even thou they are teetering on the edge, long way to go yet long long way


 

 

10 Apr 2014 08:32:27
According to reports today, Leicester City are set to challenge Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal for the signing of young striker Luciano Vietto.

The highly rated 20 year old currently plys his trade for Racing Club, and looks set for a move to Europe with Leicester City, Liverpool, Everton and Arsneal all said to be interested.

The young forward has a buy-out clause of £7.5 million, however if reports are to be believed the cash strapped outfit may accept a bid in the region of £6 million for their prized asset.

Horned Fox

1.) Well done leicester in reaching the prem league. Belfast red tree.


2.) Heard a rumour that we may try and sign thiago llori from liverpool on loan next season

Not sure if this is true but a hungry young defender who I personally think would be a good signing for us


3.) Would rather try and sign alfred finnbogason for 3.5 mil probably rising to 5 mil than a young striker


4.) Frazier Campbell for me . jimlcfc


5.) Why would we want Campbell? he's scored like 3 goals all season!?


 

 

 

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18 Jun 2014 09:56:15
Sick of these reports of Ulloa at Brighton - if a player with a good premier league season under his belt like Frazier Campbell is potentially available at 800,000 - who in their right mind would spend 7million plus on a player that's only had two average seasons in the Championship? Top should have kept his mouth shut about how much money we've got to spend - every agent or club who want to bump up the price of their average players is linking them to Leicester.

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1.) And what's Nugent playing at? Does he want to re-sign or not? We only want players who want to play for Leicester, why's he trying to start an auction? Maybe Pearson should retract the offer of a one year deal if that's not good enough for him and let him find another club like Dyer. I appreciate they wanted 2 year deals but they also have to appreciate that football has changed and with FFP, clubs can't afford to offer lengthy contracts to players who operate as squad players, even if they are 'first choice'.


2.) Well said horned fox ;im sick of all the speculation too, are we signing frasier or not? will somebody tell us or not? matter of interest are we going to sign anybody also? we all know what will happen if we dont, come on leicester/top get that fat wallet out and spend spend spend


3.) I'd tell you if I knew. jimlcfc


4.) Starting to get the jitters myself. No matter how good a teams plays to get out the Championship its a massive jump up to the Premiership. We do have potential in our squad, no doubt, but history is littered with teams who tried the Premiership with just potential. We need three players with regular Premier, (or similar), playing time to give us a chance of a decent crack at it. After all, who wants another 10 years before we get to try again!


5.) Looks like Palace have made an offer, Cardiff have offered him new terms and he's trying to play one off against the other - city should drop their interest and look elsewhere - don't need mercenaries, there are plenty of people who would be glad to be part of a premiership squad. Campbell needs to want to play for Leicester, we don't need passengers.


6.) I think its time to send the scouts back to france to find another gem like knockaart.Or to take a punt on Stevie May of St Johnstone.


 

 

14 Apr 2014 13:25:13
Barry Ferguson has just pulled on his boots and played as player manager for Blackpool to keep the up; How many other Leicester fans feel as I do that as we don't need the points, Pearson should play the last home game for us this season. just for a laugh!

Horned Fox

1.) Just one problem he's not registered as a player!


2.) After tonights game with burnley v wigan, leicester city may well be champions of the championship, I myself believe that to be the case as I can't see burnley beating wigan, even at turf moor


3.) Ouch.
That's why I have gave up doing predictions I kept getting them wrong.
Please don't anyone else say forest won't make playoffs just incase.


4.) Ur rite true blue, it done my head in predicting burnley Wigan, I'm saying nothing from now on . But 2nites game I'm hoping I'm rite ( in my head) the forest thing thou, cum on mate, really? Play offs . Mathematically yes reality reall do hope not, we won't hear the last of it


5.) No what I meant was if we all predict they won't make it with our track record of predictions they probably will.
I wouldn't want or think for one minute I would like them to be in it, if we all say I think they will they won't if i'm making sense.
But as I am writing this I hear reading are winning 2-0 he he.


 

 

18 Mar 2014 13:02:59
16 game uneaten run, 80 points on the board, 12 goals in the last 4 games, 7 points clear of 2nd, 17 points clear of 3rd and 23 points clear of Forest and yet they stillcome on here with stupid comments about Pearson. bless em ;)

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24 Feb 2014 16:49:33
This coming month should be the final phase in our ‘march’ to promotion… Through March we have games against Charlton, Barnsley, Blackpool and Yeovil, which on the current form guide you would fancy us to win; We’ve also got games against Blackburn and Burnley, which could prove crucial if we can take maximum against Burnley. If we took maximum points at Charlton, Barnsley, Blackpool, Yeovil and at least drew with Blackburn, we could add 13/15 points to our current tally going into the Burnley game on 84/86 points. To that point, Burnley have a busier March than us with games you’d expect them to take maximum points from at Charlton and Doncaster, along with trickier ties at Blackburn, Leeds, Derby and Leicester. If they beat Charlton and Doncaster, took draws from Blackburn and Leeds but lost to on-form Derby, they’d go into the game against us on 71 points. At which point, a win for Leicester would put us 16 points ahead of Burnley and leave them only 7 games remaining to catch us. They would however still have potential banana skin games against Reading and Wigan in their run-in. Derby have an ‘easier’ March than Burnley on paper with games against Millwall, Charlton, Bolton and Ipswich but with tough games against Burnley, Reading and Forest which should keep them at arms-length. Anything short of a disastrous March, should see us already clear of QPR, despite them having a seemingly downhill run from herein with only 4 games against top 10 sides in their last 15 fixtures. They’ve been a Jekyll and Hyde side though and despite the undeniable quality in their squad they’ve failed to get results too often and will probably have to settle for a play-off place. So coming out of March, provided we get the results you’d expect and the chasing pack all continue to snatch points off of each other, we should be in a pretty good place and just a couple of draws in April/May should see us safely into automatic promotion - particularly if we take points off of QPR and Reading and keep them scrapping with all the others for 2nd place. Just got to hope that we maintain the high standards that we’ve set all season and keep getting there results where we would expect to and grinding out points where we probably wouldn’t. Consistency is key… COYB

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30 Jan 2014 13:15:21
Congratulations to all you forest fans from your ever so foxy neighbors on your first significant signings of the transfer window: Rafik Djebbour is a striker who has scored 39 goals in 56 league games for Olympiakos against such world class teams as Appolon Smymi, Asteras Tripoli and Skoda Xanthi. Of course, as Olympiakos and Panathinaikos are the only two competitive teams in that division, by default he joins you with a wealth of ‘Champions League’ experience, which we know will go down well with you after you raved about the amount of players you brought in at the start of the season who had graced the Champions League. That has certainly paid dividends in your performances to date! Seriously though, I can honestly say, I hope he does as well for you as my favourite ever Forest ‘star signing’, Andre Silenzi - awesome.
He will be joined at tree central by Danny Fox who had a brief spell with Celtic and therefore (also by default) has played in a few Champions League qualifiers, having previously turned out for the likes of Gateshead and Stranraer. Certainly one to watch.
Your management clearly have their eye on European football (within a number of seasons) and Fawaz has also tweeted that ‘Kevin Gomis’ will be joining from Olympic Lyonais… though I do hope that unlike Fawaz’ tweets about agreeing a deal for Jack Hobbs, they are based on more than good intentions this time.
It’s good to see you flashing the cheque-book though and after recent events it’s almost equally as good to see that the cheques aren’t bouncing…
COYB

Horned Fox

1.) Gomis is actually coming from Nice btw.


2.) Unbelievable result today against bournemouth 9 on the bounce my florist workmates will be fuming monday morning ; I love it


3.) Horned fox, the only thing that's bouncing, is us into. 2nd spot. Think you are getting your hornets in a twist.lol.


 

 

 

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And it's Top's fault they're holding out for 10million - he's already told them he's got millions to spend, if he'd kept his trap shut we might have got Ulloa for half the price

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He'll be kicking himself in 6 months when we are proving competitive in the prem and he's still languishing at Cardiff - and I really think Pearson should forget about Ulloa - he's not worth what Brighton want and hanging around for him is just wasting time - Vardy, Wood and Nugent will be more than adequate for next season anyway.

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Looks like Forest have taken Matty anyway - and to be honest I don't think he could have improved our current squad and agree with True Blue Fox that we should be looking to bring in a higher standard - makes me laugh though that Forest have always said how terrible Pearson is as a manager and yet they are bringing in another of Pearson's Leicester/Hull signings - they've already got Peltier and Hobbs. In fact, they've gone one further and signed a Fox :)

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I'd go with strength in depth and sign all of these who are currently free transfers:

11. Andrea Orlandi – Barcelona, Swansea, Brighton – Spanish LW
10. David NGog – PSG, Liverpool, Bolton, Swansea – French CF
09. Danny Webber – Man Utd, Portsmouth, Watford, Leeds – English CF
08. Hayden Mullins – Palace, West Ham, Portsmouth, Birmingham – English CM
07. Wade Elliott – Burnley, Birmingham – English MR
06. Zoltan Gera – Fverencvaros, West Brom, Fulham, West Brom – Hungarian CM
05. Zat Knight – Fulham, Villa, Bolton – English DC
04. Carlos Cuellar – Osasuna, Rangers, Villa, Sunderland – Spanish DC
03. Wayne Bridge – Southampton, Chelsea, Man City, Reading – English DL
02. Luke Young – Spurs, Charlton, Boro, Villa, QPR – English RB
01. Carlo Nash – Man City, Preston, Wigan, Everton, Stoke, Norwich – English GK

SUB1. Emmanual Frimpong – Arsenal, Wolves, Fulham, Barnsley – Ghana MRL
SUB2. Leroy Lita – Reading, Boro, Swansea - FC
SUB3. Stuart Taylor – Arsenal, Villa, Man City, Reading – English GK
SUB4. Michael Chopra – Newcastle, Cardiff, Sunderland, Cardiff – English CF
SUB5. Michael Brown – Man City, Spurs, Fulham, Wigan, Portsmouth – English CM

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Not going to reiterate what has been posted on previous posts.

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Personally I don’t think we should be playing Wasilewski and Morgan together as they don’t have enough pace to cover each other effectively at this level. I’d rather see us play with the old 5-3-2 with Moore or Shlupp adding a bit of pace to the back line and allowing for Konchesky and De Laat to provide width and get forward without leaving us short at the back when they lose possession – obviously would also allow for changing those two for Knockeart and Mahrez out wide too. I’d play either Cambiasso or James in front of the back three providing cover with Drinky and King as outlets to go forward and Vardy and Ulloa up top. I think that this formation would play to the strengths of the players that we have and I’d probably give Hamer a run in goal too – Kaspar is undoubtedly a great keeper but he’s struggling for clean sheets at the moment (not all his own fault).

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It's not a case of the 'Pearson Out' mob being out anyway - because we don't live on past glories we can realistically assess our position, which I think you'll find is a lot rosier than where you find yourself regardless of whether we're relegated or not - and FYI, you're relegated in the Summer not at Christmas and with plenty of teams still within touching distance, the current squad could still turn it round. I don't personally want to see Pearson leave, but understand that somethings got to give - my previous comment was only borne by the fact that the knives will be out, and a change will be desired and it's usually the manager that cops it in those circumstances.

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I rate Pearson and he has done a magnificent job for us in the two spells as manager, and although I would like to see us succeed with him in charge, if a change is needed then probably better to do it over Christmas to give the new boss a chance to use the transfer window effectively. As for the Forest fan above, seriously how can you knock us when you are where you are?

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Incidentally, before you reply, as well as these promising yougsters we also have plenty of premiership exerience in the ranks with Nugent having made 73 premier appearances before Leicester, Konchesky having made 331, Upson making 285 premier league appearances so far, Marc Albrighton making 107 for Aston Villa, Gary Taylor Fletcher making 32 at Blackpool and of course Esteban Cambiasso with 23 titles to his name, 52 Argentina caps and almost 500 top flight appearances on his own - that's over 1,000 top division appearances shared between 6 players.

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Forest poster, whilst I appreciate, applaud and share your dedication, blind loyalty and faith in your team; of the players you mentioned above, they have collectively only made 54 appearances in the premier league with only 3 of the players graduating at Premier League academies. 40 of those premier league appearances were made by Michael Mancienne in his ill-fated spell at Wolves with the 14 remaining appearances being made up by squad players Lansbury (who made 3 appearances for Arsenal) and Tom Ince (who made 8 for Palace and 3 for Hull, his name having been made at Championship level). The rest of those mentioned have mostly plied their trade in League one or lower and three of those mentioned are only with you whilst their loans to their parent clubs are in place (Darlow & Lascelles to Newcastle and Ince to Hull). None of the players in your list have been capped at international level whilst 2 have made substitute appearances in european competition including Mancienne again whilst for Chelsea, as he is clearly the most accomplished of the players you mention.

From the Leicester players mentioned, there are 4 who have come through at premier league clubs (Schmeichel, De Laat, James and Drinkwater) with Schmeicel and De Laat having already been capped by their respective countries. Whilst not in the premier league when they first came through, we also boast proven academy products in England U21 Liam Moore, Welsh Captain Andy King and Ghanian Jeff Schlupp (not on your list they are already established internationals, the latter having been considered by Fergie as a purchase for Man Utd just prior to his retirement). In fact our academy has been recognised by FIFA/The FA as one of the top academies in the country. In our wider squad, we have 8 former Man Utd graduates in our current squad with De Laat, Simpson, Rowley, Drinkwater, Powell, James, Lawrence and Barmby having all spent time at Old Trafford. You have included Morgan in your list (strangely) who is far from a youngster, but unlike any of the Forest players you mention, he has at least been capped 10 times by Jamaica. Mahrez and Knockeart both came through in France and Mahrez starred in the worldcup for Algeria as we successfully beat off interest from Newcastle for Knockeart last season whilst you were forced to sell Darlow and Lascelles to the same club to fuel this year’s transfer budget.

So in conclusion, I (as well as the stats) disagree

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