Sunday, 26 February 2012
Ousted Matt Mills set for Leeds United loan
Mills did not train with the Foxes' first team in the run-up to their 0-1 away win against Derby County last week and did not travel to Pride Park as part of the match day squad. It is though he is no longer a part of Nigel Pearson's plans, with the manager having a choice of three other highly-rated centre halves to call upon.
Those three other centre backs - Ivorian international Sol Bamba, Irish internation Sean St Ledger and £1 million signing Wes Morgan - all features as Leicester held on to beat Derby, whilst Mills is thought to be distraught at having lost the captaincy and the opportunity to play for his boyhood club.
"My concern is always to pick the side I think is best to win a given game. That is what I have done tonight and always will," said Pearson of the matter, "The relevance of how much he cost is for others to discuss, not for me to discuss. I am not interested in egos or price tags, I am interested in the group being winners."
Newly-appointed Leeds manager Neil Warnock is keen to strengthen the Whites' defence and feels a man like Mills could fulfil an important role at Elland Road.
"It's been clear over the last couple of months that defensively we're not good enough," said Warnock, "We'll score goals and create goals, but the season's going to come down to whether we can get players in who'll give us the chance to have a run. We need leaders on the pitch."