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21 Apr 2023 10:51:53
As a lifelong fanatical Evertonian me and my friends know that our beloved Everton are as safe as houses from relegation. We are utterly useless but Southampton are as good as already relegated and Leicester have just hired 'I don't lose any sleep after defeats' Dean Smith. Leicester will lose all of their remaining games starting with a home defeat to Wolves tomorrow afternoon except for the home game with Liverpool because Liverpool are the only team Dean Smith believes he can beat as he did in Villa's 7-2 win against Liverpool 2 seasons ago. Liverpool won't put in any effort in their game against Leicester as that would be giving help to Everton which no Liverpool player will do especially after Pickford's horrific tackle on Virgil Van D.

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04 Sep 2022 13:15:06
Hey Ed.
Do you reckon Rodgers will have much longer in the job?
Seems to be the same thing again that his teams get progressively worse.is he a problem
Cheers

{Ed002's Note - He has had a difficult transfer window and by the time funds were confirmed it was very late - a self-inflicted wound. They need time and to perhaps see what can be done in January.}

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04 Sep 2022 14:29:37
Thanks for response eds. Have a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

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18 Aug 2022 11:31:42
Leicester have taken former Palace defender Martin Kelly on trial.

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03 Aug 2022 08:20:19
There is talk of Schmeichel, madison, teilimans and now vardy going, are these accurate and who might be their replacements?

{Ed002's Note - Leicester have to sell to buy and have a wage related FFP issue.
Martin Dubravka(G) Understudy to Danny Ward.
Ibrahim Sangare (DM) Newcastle are keen on the player and the interest of both Leicester and Southampton remains. The player has said that he does not wish to return to France and wants a move to England. Has been watched by a number of other PL sides.
Edson Alvarez (DM) Ajax do not wish to sell but are aware that Leicester and Crystal Palace have a declared interest. Chelsea sent a senior scout to look at him but have preferred options, but will not lose sight of him. Spurs have also had scouts watch him and could look to a part exchange.
Luis Alberto (CM) Leicester are keen. Sevilla have held talks and the player is keen. Lazio will listen to offers at a significant price. Seen as a Youri Tielemans replacement. Can't see it happening.
Sean Longstaff (CM) No.
Joe Aribo (CM) No.
Seko Fofana (CM) PSG and Milan may fight it out for ex-Manchester City player Fofana who has also attracted the attention of Marseille, Leicester and Aston Villa.
Franck Kessié (CM) No.
Amadou Onana (CM) No.
Aguibou Camara (AM) Although he has only just moved to Olympiakos, Lille have declared an interest in taking the player back and a number of PL sides have been sending scouts to watch him - including Liverpool and Leicester - but getting a Work Permit to play in England would be very difficult. Additionally, Villareal and Monaco have been watching.}

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03 Aug 2022 12:54:41
Thank you

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18 Jul 2022 08:56:04
Ed002, what is the situation with Youri Tielemans right now?

He still won't sign a new contract by the sounds of it.

Which clubs are currently interested in him?

{Ed002's Note - Youri Tielemans (CM) right now he will not sign a new contract so will be available in the summer at a reduced fee. His agent confirmed that there is interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement, interest from Spurs and that he has been approached by a third party representing Newcastle, but Spurs and Newcastle are unlikely destinations. He is aware that other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool, have scouted the player but not declared an interest. Interest of the Manchester sides has probably gone as both are looking at other midfield options but they will be back if they cannot get their first choice players - and MU are struggling. Arsenal and Juventus provide wildcard options but Arsenal will have to focus on fixing other issues in the squad first and Juventus, whilst needing significant midfield changes are looking to preferred options. I suspect that Real Madrid will shift their interest leaving Manchester United and Arsenal to work on a transfer.}

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09 May 2022 07:13:29
Do you feel Rodgers has took Leicester as far as he can?
They have a good enough squad, but they seem to of gone backwards since he came in charge.
Similar to how it finished at Liverpool maybe?

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15 May 2022 22:09:42
Luis Suarez could make a sensational move to Leicester this summer after being made available as a free transfer.

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15 Jan 2022 09:03:10
Leicester want to sign Rodrigo Becau from Udinese. The central defender is expected to cost around £9 million.

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12 Jan 2022 13:21:40
Hey Ed who is interested in Youri Tielemans and would LFC be open to let him leave? Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Youri Tielemans (CM) right now will not sign a new contract so will be available in the summer at a reduced fee if he doesn't change his mind. His agent confirms that there is interest from Real Madrid who are looking for a Luka Modric replacement and that he has been approached by a third party representing Newcastle and is aware that other clubs, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool have scouted the player but not declared an interest. Interest of the Manchester sides has gone.}

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Leicester City News 15 Dec 2021
Team Review - Leicester City



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League Position: 8th





Ins And Outs



Ins:

Patson Daka from RB Salzburg

Boubakary Soumare from LOSC Lille

Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton

Ryan Bertrand from Southampton

Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig (loan)



Outs:

Rachid Ghezzal to Besiktas

Dennis Praet to Torino (loan)

Sam Hughes to Burton Albion (loan)

Matty James to Bristol City

Christian Fuchs to Charlotte Independence

Wes Morgan (retired)







Goalkeepers:



Kasper Schmeichel

Danny Ward

Eldin Jakupovic



A solid, if not great, group of keepers, though you have to question the Ward signing as he should have displaced Schmeichel by now if he is ever to make it as their long term first choice goalkeeper. They really need to be looking for the replacement for Schmeichel as he needs someone to push him.







Defenders:



Caglar Soyuncu

Wesley Fofana

Jannik Vestergaard

Jonny Evans

Daniel Amartey

Filip Benkovic

Ryan Bertrand

Luke Thomas

Ricardo Pereira

Timothy Castagne

James Justin



The Foxes' defence is beginning to look like a Rodgers' coached defence now, especially with Evans missing so much time out through injury. It has lost all organisation, unless Evans is playing, and looks shambolic at times. Yes, they have had a lot of injuries to contend with, but it now looks to be playing exactly the same way he left the Liverpool defence when he got sacked from there. The discipline is poor and the panic buy of the Vestergaard, who is nowhere near good enough, has not helped. At least their full-backs now look sorted for a few years.







Midfielders:



Wilfred Ndidi

Boubakary Soumare

Nampalys Mendy

Youri Tielemans

Hamza Choudhury

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Marc Albrighton

Harvey Barnes

James Maddison



The problem with Leicester is not the quality of players, they have a lot of players that their lack of progress under Rodgers is likely to see them leave. Their problem is the lack of discipline, which leaves a laziness amongst far too much of the midfield. With a team that is playing a press, having players not putting in the effort leaves gaps in that press, which other teams can exploit to get at the defence or behind it. They are heavily reliant on Ndidi to provide all the cover and he is good, but no one is that good that they can do it all on their own.







Forwards:



Ademola Lookman

Ayoze Perez

Patson Daka

Kelechi Iheanacho

Jamie Vardy



It looks like they have found a good replacement for Vardy in the shape of Daka, which is massively important as they have been heavily over reliant on Vardy in the past. They will always have a chance of picking up results with a goalscorer and that will keep them in a position their play overall might not deserve.







Manager: Brendan Rodgers



Rodgers took over a team with a solid defensive platform for him to build on, but that is now looking worn out and full of holes. The injuries to Evans are exposing how disorganised the defence is and how little cover is given by the midfield. The press is lacklustre and there is a lack of discipline within the club. The fact that they are below both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur just shows how far they have fallen this season. The blame has to be placed squarely at the feet of Rodgers as they have the quality of players to be above both of those two clubs, who are having terrible season.







Conclusion:



This is a squad of good quality being dragged down, bit by bit, by a manager who lacks tactical acumen and is too soft on the players. They should be 4th, all three of the teams between them and that place have been having a season to forget, but they are instead 8th. The only question now is whether the owners have still got the ambition to look for more or not. If they do, it is only a matter of time before Rodgers' time with Leicester City comes to an end.





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17 Aug 2021 17:52:32
Hi Eds

Any more potential incomings at Leicester in these final two weeks, anybody that Leicester are looking to get over the line?

Also any outgoings that are ongoing? Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Takehiro Tomiyasu (CB) perhaps, Danjuma seems unlikely and Leicester have been offered Coutinho.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) loan wanted by Newcastle.}

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08 Aug 2021 09:59:20
Hi Eds

Any insight into who Leicester are looking at to replace Fofana? Also Any additional incomings in the next three weeks? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Ozan Kabak (CB) Leicester see value in the player as cover.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) has been offered to a number of English sides including Leicester. Alternatively Leicester could look to a loan.}

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07 Jul 2021 11:31:59
Gillingham are in talks with experienced defender Sol Bamba.

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Leicester City News 08 Jun 2021
Team Review - Leicester City



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League Position: 5th





Goalkeepers:



Kasper Schmeichel

Danny Ward

Eldin Jakupovic



The weak link of the Leicester team, in my opinion at least. Ward is almost completely untested, Jakupovic is a typical 3rd choice, well over the hill and Schmeichel is not half as good as he thinks he is. Apart from being a ringleader in the player revolts that removed Ranieri and Shakespeare, he has a belief that he is top class at distribution and Schmeichel can concede easy possession trying to make a pass that is beyond him. Added to that Schmeichel's struggles to keep his weight down can often lead to him being sluggish. Until they get a top class goalkeeper to shore things up at the back, they are always going to struggle to hold down a top 4 place.







Defenders:



Caglar Soyuncu

Wesley Fofana

Jonny Evans

Wes Morgan (released)

Luke Thomas

Christian Fuchs (released)

Ricardo Pereira

Timothy Castagne

James Justin



They are looking a bit light at the back, especially at left-back, with only Thomas a specialist in that position in the squad. While the teenager looks good, it is too much to expect him to play every game of the season with a Europa League campaign to consider. Fofana and Evans gives them a solid base in the centre and they have excellent options on the right with Justin (when fit), Pereira and Castagne. I am not as enamoured of Soyuncu as many seem to be, positionally he is extremely suspect and needs guiding through games. It would also be a mistake not to buy a centre-back, as dropping Ndidi into the defence weakens midfield far too much.







Midfielders:



Wilfred Ndidi

Nampalys Mendy

Daniel Amartey

Youri Tielemans

Dennis Praet

Hamza Choudhury

Matty James (released)

Marc Albrighton

Harvey Barnes

James Maddison



They have a very strong central midfield group, though there are worries that Maddison and Choudhury are taking advantage of Rodgers' lack of discipline and leading each other astray. The Foxes can ill afford for their best player, arguably, to be constantly getting into trouble and not maintaining fitness as they struggle without Maddison's creativity. They are also very light on wide players, particularly, again, on the left, with Barnes pretty much their only option.







Forwards:



Cengiz Under

Ayoze Perez

Kelechi Iheanacho

Jamie Vardy



They have two big questions to answer up front. The first is how long can Vardy keep going? At 34 the tank must be running dry now. The second question is Iheanacho's form, is it a flash-in-the-pan or has he finally started to achieve his potential? If it was just a hot streak, and Vardy is on the decline, as it seemed at the end of the season, then they are in trouble as neither Under nor Perez score enough.







Manager: Brendan Rodgers



After winning everything in Scotland with Celtic, admittedly against little to no real opposition, you would have thought Rodgers would have learnt something about how to keep his team going until the season is over. Sadly, while he is a good coach, he has still not learnt that his teams need more discipline and so, in a similar way to Mauricio Pochettino's teams, they usually choke when it matters.







Conclusion:



They have what is acknowledged as a great recruitment system, but they have ended up with lots of holes in the squad. It seems to find lots of central players and right-backs, particularly defensive midfielders, but struggles to find a left-sided player. That desperately needs to be rectified this summer. A lack of discipline coming down from the top is also costing them when it matters. Without stronger leadership, and I am talking about the chairman's close relationship with some of the players as well as Rodgers' style of man-management, there is always going to be a tendency to lose their way when it matters.



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03 Jul 2021 14:32:40
Nonsense. Danny Ward cost £12m when he was bought from Liverpool and has stood in for Kasper many times. He excelled for Wales at the Euros and is definitely primed to take the No1 jersey should Kaspers form slim, or injuries strike.

If anything, Leicester’s weak link is in front of goal. Vardy has another season at the top but he went 26 games without a goal last season, which coincided with Inheanach’s rise to prominence.
‘Nacho is unlikely to reproduce the form of last season but City have no more options. Ayoze Perez was signed as a CF but is generally used as a (ineffective) winger.
Daka has been signed but I doubt he’ll make much of an impact initially. 27 goals in 28 games is incredible, but the Austrian league is not the Prem.
beyond those three there is nothing. City really need a 4th striker and, ideally, it’d be someone oven-ready. There were noises about Danny Ings at one point, but I doubt that somehow!

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24 May 2021 16:28:47
Porto are on the verge of signing experienced Austrian defender Christian Fuchs on a short term deal after he left Leicester.

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24 May 2021 16:27:56
Monaco have surprisingly offered a deal to released Leicester midfielder Matty James.

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03 Jul 2021 14:22:09
No they didn’t.

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23 May 2021 15:58:18
Celtic are set to confirm their new manager this coming week. It is thought retired Leicester defender Wes Morgan is going to come in and be their number two.

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12 May 2021 16:04:51
Leicester have offered goalkeeper Tom Scott and defender Ryan Campbell-Gordon the opportunity to join their reserve teams. Both youngsters have been released by Port Vale over contract disputes and the players are set to sign a one year deal with the under 23 side for the forthcoming season.

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20 Jan 2021 12:58:03
Hello is there anybody here
Just like to say we'll played last night and congrats on going top.

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Leicester City News 10 Dec 2020
A To Z - Leicester City







A is for Arthur



The club's all-time record goalscorer is Arthur Chandler, and his goals fired Leicester to within a point of the league title in 1929. In the early 60's they also had another top goalscorer, Arthur Rowley, whose 434 league goals is an all-time British record. In fact, in their top 10 of record goalscorers, three of them are called Arthur and all three scored more goals for the Foxes than Gary Lineker!







B is for Bible



Leicester were established by a bible class in 1884. It was 21 years after the creation of the Football Association and the founders established a committee, paying 9d to join and a further 9d to buy a football.







C is for Chocolate



Leicester Fosse's strip when they first entered the Football League was chocolate brown and blue halves. Prior to that they wore black tops with a sky-blue sash and long white trousers rather than shorts! It was 1903 before they switched to the colours they are now known for of blue and white.







D is for Doubles



Twice double winning English sides opened the door for Leicester to compete for a trophy. In 1961 they lost the FA Cup final to double winners Tottenham Hotspur, but due to Spurs being in the European Cup instead, they were England's entrants in the European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1971 the Foxes won their only Charity Shield as double winners Arsenal had commitments in European competition and so were unable to compete. Leicester beat the FA Cup runners up, Liverpool, 1-0 with a goal by Steve Whitworth.







E is for Europe



While Leicester City may not have had much European success of their own yet, European football did provide their one and only Charity Shield win. In 1971, as the winners of Division 2, they were invited to play FA Cup runners up Liverpool as double winning Arsenal's European commitments meant they were unable to take part. The Foxes won it 1-0 courtest of a Steve Whitworth goal.







F is for Fosse



Leicester City were initially called Leicester Fosse. That was because of the Fosse Way, an old Roman thoroughfare, that ran from South West to North East England. One of the founders, Frank Gardner, said at the time: "As the Fosse is known throughout the land, so the new club shall be known to the future." Their first match took place just off Fosse Road South against Syston Fosse.







G is for Goals



When you see a goal has been scored by Leicester now, you can be almost certain it has come from the boot of Jamie Vardy, but he is just 4th (currently) on their list of top goalscorers ever. Top is Arthur Chandler with 273, second is Arthur Rowley with 265 and third, quite a way behind those two, is Ernie Hine with 156. Vardy's current total (as of 20th November 2020) of 139 leaves him trailing behind.







H is for Heroes



There is no other word for the 2015-16 season Premier League winning team in Leicester than heroes. So much so that their only Ballon d'Or nominees since the great Gordon Banks, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, received their nominations while playing in that side. Mahrez also won the club's only PFA Player of the Year that season, Vardy the clubs only ever FWA Footballer of the Year. Manager Claudio Ranieri also won the Overall and Premier League LMA Manager of the Year and Best FIFA Men's Coach. The team itself also won the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year and ESPN Team of the Year awards, the only time they have won either award.







I is for Ice Kings



In the 1962-63 season the Foxes' team was dubbed the "Ice Kings" as they led the old First Division through the winter due to excellent form on icy and frozen pitches. They ended the season in 4th. The form was probably due to the management of Matt Gillies, who implemented a system based on the style of play used previously by the great Austrian and Hungarian teams.







J is for Jamie



For years there was only one goalscorer anyone thought of when the name Leicester City was mentioned, arguably he is also the club's most famous supporters, Gary Lineker. Nowadays he has been supplanted in most people's eyes by a new goalscoring icon, Jamie Vardy. Despite coming late to professional sport from the non-league scene, Vardy's exploits make him a legend at Leicester and took him into international football with England. The big question is, at the age of 33, how much more is left in the tank?







K is for King Power



It was 2010 when King Power owner Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club from Milan Mandaric, with it then in the Championship. Sadly he died in a helicopter accident alongside four others outside the club's stadium in 2018 but the club's ownership remains in the hands of his family, with his son Khun Aiyawatt the current chairman.







L is for Lineker



Gary Winston Lineker is arguably the club's most famous ever youth product, due to both his exploits with England and his later career in broadcasting. Lineker was with Leicester from 1978 until 1985, when he signed for reigning champions Everton. He hung his boots up after scoring 48 goals in 80 appearances with England.







M is for Midland



The newly formed Leicester Fosse club joined the Midland League in 1891 before being elected to Division Two of the Football League in 1894.







N is for Nine



When the club founders set up Leicester Fosse, they formed a committee and paid 9d each upon entry and a further 9d to buy a football.







O is for O'Neill



Martin O'Neill established his reputation as a manager with a spell at Leicester City in the late 1990s. O'Neill led Leicester to four consecutive top-10 finishes and twice into qualification for the UEFA Cup as well as a League Cup win.







P is for Problems



In October 2002 Leicester went into administration following their relegation from the Premier League, though they still managed to get back up into the Prem at the end of that season.







Q is for Quit



The club's motto is "Foxes Never Quit" which is written above the player's tunnel entrance.







R is for Ranieri



The man who led them to their one and only, so far, league title was Italian Claudio Ranieri. They were rated by the bookies as 5000/1 against to win the Premier League before that 2015/16 season kicked off.







S is for School



The founders were a group of former pupils of Wyggeston School, then a grammar school for boys but now a sixth form college in Leicester.







T is for Thailand



The club is owned by a consortium led by the Thai owner of the King Power Group. The Asian Football Investments consortium which owns the club (which former owner Milan Mandaric is an investor in) is based in Thailand. The club's main shirt sponsors are the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the sleeve sponsor is a Vietnamese beer producer called Bia Saigon, which is owned by ThaiBev, which is based in, yes you guessed it, Thailand.







U is for Unbelievables



The Leicester team which won the 2015/16 Premier League title is often known as 'The Unbelievables'. It was the highest odds winner in sports for most bookmakers, as they were a team that had only narrowly avoided relegation the previous season. Their fans are still celebrating the title now!







V is for Victoria



The club's first settled venue for matches was Victoria Park, which they used between 1884 and 1887 before a move to Belgrave Road Cycle and Cricket Ground.. Unfortunately for the then Leicester Fosse team, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club outbid them in 1888 and they were forced into a shortlived return to Victoria Park.







W is for Walnut



The club's longlasting and famous Filbert Street home stadium was originally known as the Walnut Street Ground. They moved there in October 1891 and stayed there until 2002, when they moved to their new purpose-built stadium, which they still inhabit.







X is for Xenocracy



Leicester have been run by foreign owners since 2007 when Milan Mandaric bought the club from the consortium, led by Foxes' legend Gary Lineker, which had saved it from administration in 2002.







Y is for Yagiment



There must have been a huge sense of excitement around the club in 1981 when manager Jock Wallace announced that Johan Cruyff was close to signing for the Foxes. However it had been a ploy by the Scotsman, trying to force Cruyff's hand while in negotiations which had initially seemed promising, but were now looking like a forlorn hope. Wallace's side were bottom of the old First Division and Wallace believed that bringing in Johan Cruyff, even at the age of 33 after a couple of years playing in the United States, would save the club from relegation. Cruyff instead for signed for Spanish club Levante who sweetened their offer with (reportedly) up to 50% of gate money.







Z is for Zagorakis



As well as winning 120 caps for his country, Theodoros Zagorakis also played for Leicester City between July 1997 and July 2000, when he left for AEK Athens on a free transfer. The midfielder, who is now retired and president of PAOK Salonika, managed 59 games after eventually making his debut under Martin O'Neill in February 1998.







To read the previous A To Z: ChievoVerona click here.

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