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Just now, Deeg67 said:

Good thing Gray was sick or Rodgers likely wouldn't have even named Kelechi to the squad.  Best player on the pitch for the last half-hour, no doubt.  A scintillating performance that has to give the lad a real confidence boost.

Choudhury came in for Gray, Rodgers confirmed it, Iheanacho has been on the bench the last few games.

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Just now, Ric Flair said:

Choudhury came in for Gray, Rodgers confirmed it, Iheanacho has been on the bench the last few games.

Oh is that the case? Fair enough.

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 played really well and is always a goal threat, we just need to see consistency from him which isn't easy when you are in and out of the team. will always be second to Vards but he can be our super sub!.

that's what we need him to do more of come of the bench late in games and score goals.

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Maybe, just maybe he has always had the ability to perform well but trying to do it when playing how Puel told him to held him back and stopped his development? 

Now we have BR coaching and encouraging him, maybe we will see the 25 million pound player we bought. 

We could be saving a fortune on a Vardy replacement if it clicks and he starts firing now he's got the monkey (and hopefully the leicester fans) off his back. 

Here's to hoping anyway. 

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16 minutes ago, browniefox said:

Maybe, just maybe he has always had the ability to perform well but trying to do it when playing how Puel told him to held him back and stopped his development? 

Now we have BR coaching and encouraging him, maybe we will see the 25 million pound player we bought. 

We could be saving a fortune on a Vardy replacement if it clicks and he starts firing now he's got the monkey (and hopefully the leicester fans) off his back. 

Here's to hoping anyway. 

To be fair to Puel, he gave Nacho plenty of opportunities over many games, and he had sustained runs in the first team. His big chance was when Vardy came back late from the World Cup and was then suspended after being sent off against Wolves. That gave him the perfect opportunity to get among the goals and stake his claim but he couldn't do it.

 

The way he played yesterday was insane though! Even Carragher on commentary said it was the best he's ever seen him play. If he plays like that every time he's called on he will be getting minutes and possibly even starts. This club is preparing itself for European football so we need more options up front and Nacho could / should be starting some games and scoring goals for us based on his transfer fee and talent we know he has.

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His whole demeanor at times has been that of someone with no confidence. He was really good at the end of puels first season. 

 

To be honest I found quite baffling for a while that anyone doubts his ability to finish. His shots are probably the most accurate passes into the corner you're likely to see. 

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48 minutes ago, Nicolo Barella said:

I'm not worried about an injury to Vardy anymore

Bold statement 

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6 hours ago, StriderHiryu said:

To be fair to Puel, he gave Nacho plenty of opportunities over many games, and he had sustained runs in the first team. His big chance was when Vardy came back late from the World Cup and was then suspended after being sent off against Wolves. That gave him the perfect opportunity to get among the goals and stake his claim but he couldn't do it.

 

The way he played yesterday was insane though! Even Carragher on commentary said it was the best he's ever seen him play. If he plays like that every time he's called on he will be getting minutes and possibly even starts. This club is preparing itself for European football so we need more options up front and Nacho could / should be starting some games and scoring goals for us based on his transfer fee and talent we know he has.

Isn’t this the thing though - he tried to bring in Nacho to fill Vards shoes - was never going to work. He needs to play upfront with someone else. 

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1 hour ago, rachhere said:

Isn’t this the thing though - he tried to bring in Nacho to fill Vards shoes - was never going to work. He needs to play upfront with someone else. 

Shakepeare bought Nacho in.  He played 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1).  He was signed to play alongside Vardy.  

 

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2 hours ago, rachhere said:

Isn’t this the thing though - he tried to bring in Nacho to fill Vards shoes - was never going to work. He needs to play upfront with someone else. 

During Nacho’s best spell he played alongside Vardy at the end of Puel’s first season. He also had a great 2018 preseason but couldn’t turn it into meaningful contributions for the team. Puel was always good with the youth and gave him a fair chance, Nacho just didn’t take it. 

 

This was only one game but the big thing is the crowd will be behind him now. The way we play now also really suits him as we are a creative and front foot team. Only time will tell if he can take his chance, but the door is open for him. 

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2 minutes ago, StriderHiryu said:

During Nacho’s best spell he played alongside Vardy at the end of Puel’s first season. He also had a great 2018 preseason but couldn’t turn it into meaningful contributions for the team. Puel was always good with the youth and gave him a fair chance, Nacho just didn’t take it. 

 

This was only one game but the big thing is the crowd will be behind him now. The way we play now also really suits him as we are a creative and front foot team. Only time will tell if he can take his chance, but the door is open for him. 

My memory of it was Puel bringing him on right at the end when the game was really stretched, leaving him completely isolated up the front, with a game plan that relied on him being able to win balls and then create the opportunities himself. Just was never going to happen, and it's no wonder his confidence was shot at the end. 

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42 minutes ago, murphy said:

Shakepeare bought Nacho in.  He played 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1).  He was signed to play alongside Vardy.  

 

No, I mean that's how Puel used him (at least at points) last season. We were talking about the opportunities that Puel gave him, not in general about why the club bought him. 

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Just now, rachhere said:

My memory of it was Puel bringing him on right at the end when the game was really stretched, leaving him completely isolated up the front, with a game plan that relied on him being able to win balls and then create the opportunities himself. Just was never going to happen, and it's no wonder his confidence was shot at the end. 

Spurs away when we lost 5-4, Huddersfield at home when we won 3-1, I believe Nacho started both games close to Vardy and did well. But these performances were too fleeting in nature. 

 

Listen Puel got a lot wrong but he helped blood and develop Chilwell, Maddison, Barnes and gave others chances. 

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9 hours ago, urban.spaceman said:

:wub:

 

 

Biggest group ever  from Leicester write us a song, and I still bet it doesn’t get going!

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1 minute ago, StriderHiryu said:

Spurs away when we lost 5-4, Huddersfield at home when we won 3-1, I believe Nacho started both games close to Vardy and did well. But these performances were too fleeting in nature. 

 

Listen Puel got a lot wrong but he helped blood and develop Chilwell, Maddison, Barnes and gave others chances. 

Indeed, not debating that. But there was definitely a period of time where he was being asked to perform a role he's just not suited to, and you could see the confidence draining from him. At the same time he looked lazy on the pitch at times, so I know it works both ways. Main thing is we know how to best use him now. 

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9 minutes ago, StriderHiryu said:

During Nacho’s best spell he played alongside Vardy at the end of Puel’s first season. He also had a great 2018 preseason but couldn’t turn it into meaningful contributions for the team. Puel was always good with the youth and gave him a fair chance, Nacho just didn’t take it. 

 

This was only one game but the big thing is the crowd will be behind him now. The way we play now also really suits him as we are a creative and front foot team. Only time will tell if he can take his chance, but the door is open for him. 

Very fair. 

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21 hours ago, Chrysalis said:

I think to say he's not been given a fair chance is just baffling.  What is a fair chance exactly?

 

Nacho put in a performance I have never ever seen in a LCFC shirt from him before.  I hope he puts in more of them, but I dont think for one moment the guy hasnt had a chance.  Perez showed he had something in his first few games, and scored a hat trick within the same amount of starts that Nacho had.

 

The truth is he has suffered with poor ball control, poor attitude, and poor form.  It seems however a manager has finally managed to get a good EPL performance out of him, but remember its only one game, time will tell if he can repeat that. 

He's never been given a run of games and has had to make most of his impact of the bench in the odd game. He's had some good pre seasons here but due to Vardy being Vardy he's rightly not been given any slack. 

 

Perez looked as poor as Nacho did when he started with us but the team are getting results this season and Perez was given the game time to come good. 

 

The attitude thing gets me because if we're completely honest, Nacho played under Puel, where you could say most of the teams attitude was not right, including at times Jamie Vardy. 

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8 hours ago, rachhere said:

Indeed, not debating that. But there was definitely a period of time where he was being asked to perform a role he's just not suited to, and you could see the confidence draining from him. At the same time he looked lazy on the pitch at times, so I know it works both ways. Main thing is we know how to best use him now. 

That maybe the case, but he didn’t get a chance under Shakespeare, Puel or Rodgers. There will be a reason for that, a good 30 minutes is nothing to start coming to any sort of conclusions about anyone. The overriding thing here is that nobody has been interested in playing him  in the main. And more often than not when he has, he’s looked uninterested and is probably a good reason as to why they haven’t

 

He’s had these flashes before, mainly at the end of Puels first season where he was excellent for a few games. Then it all stops until he next feels like making the most of his talent.

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