Thursday, 31 January 2013

Bolger departs

Leicester City defender Cian Bolger has left the club having agreed a permanent deal with Bolton Wanderers.

Doggie Freedman has swooped for the 20-year-old Irishman, who has never broken into the Foxes' first team despite three successful loan spells at Bristol Rovers.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Foxes Keane on United defender

Leicester City have secured the signature of Manchester United defender Michael Keane to extend his loan spell at the King Power Stadium until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old, initially on loan until the end of this month, is the latest player to join the Foxes from the Premier League giants in a growing relationship that has seen the likes of Jesse Lingard, Richie de Laet, Matty James and Danny Drinkwater all arrive on loan on permanent deals since Nigel Pearson re-joined the Foxes in October 2011.
The City gaffer told the BBC he has taken-up the option to keep Keane following his progress so far this season.

"It's still a steep learning curve for he has done exceptionally well so far and I am very pleased," he said.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Conclusions from the Boro

Leicester City1-0Middlesbrough
(HT 0-0)
Nugent 70

King Power Stadium, attendance: 8,585
BBC Match Report

Schlupp trains with United

Young Foxes first teamed Jeff Schlupp is spending a week in training with Manchester United, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has confirmed.

The forward - who is known to play left back following a number of sound displays as deputy in that position for Leicester - was rumoured to be on trial with the Premier League leaders. It is understood he will train with the Red Devils with a view to a loan move elsewhere later this season.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Game ON - Club

Contrary to Police reports, Leicester City Football Club have confirmed that tonight's fixture WILL go ahead after all, albeit with a delayed kick-off.

"Tonight's game GOES AHEAD," City tweeted, "Boro have yet to arrive, so both clubs and match officials considering a delayed kick-off. More info soon..."

Boro Game OFF - Police

Leicester's home fixture against Middlesbrough is OFF, Westcotes Police have confirmed on Twitter in the last few minutes.

The pitch is playable and both referee and ground staff are happy for the game to ahead but Police are concerned about congestion on the city's snowy streets and have decided to postpone the game.

Westcotes Police tweeted, saying: "#lcfc match cancelled. Please be safe out there. Remove snow from all your windows and lights on your car. Keep in low gears for traction."

However, there is no official word from the club yet despite players including Liam Moore and Anthony Knockaert being forced to walk up to two miles to get to the King Power Stadium. It is understood that Middlesbrough's team bus is stuck in traffic on Narborough Road.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Danns joins Beckford on Terriers' loan

Leicester City midfielder Neil Danns has joined his Foxes team mate, striker Jermaine Beckford on loan at Huddersfield Town.

Danns will be available to make his debut for former City favourite Simon Grayson when the Terriers host Birmingham City on Saturday but will not be allowed to play against the Foxes in the two sides' FA Cup fourth round tie. Danns spent time away from his parent club earlier in the season with a seven-week stint with Bristol City. .

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Whilst I was away...

It's been a busy few weeks at the King Power Stadium and whilst your correspondent was away for the festive period Leicester City certainly entertained those who stayed at home. Here are some brief Conclusions from Christmas.
  • It got better as it went. The loss to Cardiff City was seemingly due to a maddening inconsistency in front of goal exemplified by Leicester's narrow victory away at Burnley. A Boxing Day bore draw in Hull followed - earning the Foxes a valuable point against their play-off chasing rivals - but will be forgotten quickly after a hatful of goals against Huddersfield Town (see below). The icing on the Christmas cake was the professionalism of City's display against Burton Albion in the League Cup, a 2-0 victory proving more than enough to undo the League Two side.
  • City won big. The most memorable headline from this winter will be the 6-1 thumping of Huddersfield,  making Nigel Pearson's side the first since Dave Halliday's top flight side of 1957 to score six twice in one season. It is a landmark that speaks volumes for the attacking progress made by the Foxes since the start of the season.
  • Steve Walsh has unearthed another gem. Although less hidden than other talents discovered by Leicester's chief scout, in signing Chris Wood it seems Leicester have got themselves a real talent. Only four other City debutants have scored twice on their first appearance in history. With fourteen goals already this season - and three bagged for City in his two appearances - Chris Wood has the goalscoring capability to lead Leicester's front line and forge a deadly partnership with the seemingly unerring David Nugent. Where that leaves Jamie Vardy, the Great £1 million Hope, Martyn Waghorn, the returning hero or Marko Futacs, the young pretender, remains to be seen.