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The Worst Leicester City XI of the Premier League Era
Matt O'Connor-Simpson
13 MAY 2020

In recent years, Leicester fans have been spoiled by the club's surprise success. Title wins, European nights and a host of incredible players have entertained supporters since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.

It's not always been this glorious though. During the same period, the Foxes dropped out of the top two tiers of English football for the first time in their history and had to endure plenty of Championship drudgery to boot.

It goes without saying, that in order for this nadir to be reached, the club must have housed some pretty terrible players. Here are 11 of the absolute worst.

 

Goalkeepers and Defenders


Ricardo (GK): One of about 3,000 signings Sven Goran Eriksson made between 2010 and 2011. Though his credentials were impressive, he was completely ill-suited to the second tier of English football, flapping at crosses like a salmon caught in a fishing net and seemingly being more confident with his feet than his hands. He was quickly being replaced by Chris Weale in the starting XI after making just eight appearances.

 

Hossein Kaebi (RB): Apparently, Leicester beat off competition from a host of Premier League clubs to secure Kaebi's signature back in 2007 but we bet those particular top flight sides were punching the air with delight when they actually saw him play. The Iranian - who commanded a fairly hefty fee - made just three appearances during his entire Foxes career.

Moreno (CB): Call us old fashioned, but we quite like it when a defender can actually defend. This Portuguese centre-back could not. Brought in alongside new manager and compatriot Paulo Sousa in 2010, Moreno was outrageously bad at the bread and butter stuff, though he did occasionally do a nice Cruyff turn under pressure. Finally shown the door in 2012.

 

Matt Mills (CB): On paper this was an incredibly exciting transfer. Mills had been one of the Championship's most promising centre-backs for several seasons and although £5m was a hefty price to pay, fans were delighted to have him. However, it just didn't work out for the former Reading man at the King Power Stadium. He kept getting sent off and then had a bust up with Nigel Pearson. There was only going to be one winner in that particular feud and Mills was let go soon after. What a waste.

 

Ryan McGivern (LB): Leicester's 2009/2010 team was built on a solid, defensive foundation so it's no surprise that Manchester City loanee McGivern was not selected that frequently. The blonde bombshell - or should we say bomb scare - loved getting turned inside out by a Championship winger and unsurprisingly did not feature in either of the club's playoff semi final games against Cardiff.

 

Midfielders


Josh Low (RM): A name that still gives Leicester fans nightmares, Low looked woefully out of his depth in the Championship. Why Rob Kelly felt compelled to sign a winger who had just been released by League Two Northampton is beyond us. After being quickly moved on by the Foxes, Low gradually fell lower and lower down the footballing pyramid, finishing his career with Conference South Bath City in 2014. Good to see he found his level to be fair.

 

Junior Lewis (CM): Peter Taylor bloody loved Junior Lewis, having worked with the midfielder at no less than six clubs. This fact is pretty bizarre given how substandard of a footballer he is. Maybe Lewis has some compromising photos of him of something? The pair's most disastrous stint together came at Leicester when Taylor completely failing to capitalise on Martin O'Neill's success before being sacked after just 54 games in charge. Lewis was farmed out on loan soon after.

 

Andy Johnson (CM): No, not the nippy former Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham striker, it's the unsophisticated former Norwich and West Brom midfielder who was well over the hill when he arrived at Leicester in 2006. Johnson was universally despised by Foxes fans for his disastrous performances, though he recently revealed that injuries hampered his form.

 

Joe Hamill (LM): Hamill was by far the worst Hearts player recruited by Craig Levein during the mid-2000s and that's an impressive feat considering he's up against some pretty shocking competition. Overall, the Scotsman made 15 appearances without registering a single goal or assist before returning to his native land to enjoy a very mediocre career.

 

Forwards


Elvis Hammond (ST): Having the best name of any player in footballing history is not enough to save Hammond from an inclusion in our worst XI. Scoring a goal every seven games on average, the Ghanaian had a trampoline touch and is now held up as a symbol of a terrible time in the club's history.

 

Ade Akinbiyi (ST): Nicknamed Akin-bad-buy - very clever lads - the record £5.5m forked out by Leicester on the striker proved to be a horrendous piece of business. The Nigerian scored two goals in 21 games as the Foxes were relegated at the end of the 2001/2002 campaign. Despite this lousy record, he continued to secure fairly big money moves throughout his career. He must have the best agent in the world.

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Why do I still think there were worse players than this lot? 

 

Can't grab any names as I usually try to forget them.

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Josh Low remains the worse I have ever seen. 

 

Didn't we sell him for a profit, albeit a small one, too lol 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, davieG said:

Why do I still think there were worse players than this lot? 

 

Can't grab any names as I usually try to forget them.

Jacob Laursen in the 2001/02 season was horrendous- overweight, slow and cost us at least two late goals which lost us matches.

 

W*se should be in any list- awful player for us and hands down the worst business we've ever done.

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2 minutes ago, wokinghamfox said:

Am i missing something but most of these didnt appear in the Prem for us. !?

Premier league era mate. As in, since 92 I'd guess.

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1 minute ago, Paddy. said:

Premier league era mate. As in, since 92 I'd guess.

Must admit this would be better if it was just prem. I can think of a stack load that were with us in the championship  in fact, i could pick two squads of 18

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Peter Canero made my eyes hurt. In fact all those players Levein brought in were ****ing rubbish: Rab C Douglas, Canero, Hammill, Sylla, Hughes, De Vries*. That was a truly shit time to be a foxes fan. Watching Levein's side gave my migraines as did his post match interviews. Made Claude Puel look like Jurgen Klopp.

 

* he scored that goal against spurs but he was shite 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Mark 'expert' Lawrenson said:

Roman Bednar was probably worse than either of those strikers 

 

He was for us, he was much better at WBA than Hammond ever was for anyone. 

 

I was actually optimistic when we signed Bednar, he was a solid championship forward. He'd scored like 15 odd goals in a season for baggies couple years before he got here, which wasn't to be sniffed at given our level at the time. 

 

Pretty sure he was recovering from injury when we had him, was unfit, off form and barely played a game? 

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Akinbiyi had a better record in the top two divisions than dur dur dur dur Matty Fryatt. 

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Akinbiyi was a strange one. On paper he was a decent signing. Maybe a bit of a punt but he'd scored plenty of goals for Wolves and Bristol City. I don't recall fans being that outraged when we signed him?

 

He was a tryer, I'll give him that. But the performance against Liverpool about sealed his fate I think. He was part of the team that Peter Taylor was steadlily turning into relegation candidates - i think his fragile confidence was shot to pieces.

 

 

 

 

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Nicky Mohan, considering he was brought in to bolster us when we first went up into the Prem was a bit of a waste of cash

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I agree RE Akinbiyi. I always thought that he tried his best, and if I’m honest I will always support someone who maybe isn’t fantastic but tries. Collins John, Roman Bednar, Campbell, Beckford we’re all worse. 
 

I hold the same views on De Vries too. Wasn’t at all a good player but from memory he put in a shift every game. 

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Just now, Blue-fox said:

I agree RE Akinbiyi. I always thought that he tried his best, and if I’m honest I will always support someone who maybe isn’t fantastic but tries. Collins John, Roman Bednar, Campbell, Beckford we’re all worse. 
 

I hold the same views on De Vries too. Wasn’t at all a good player but from memory he put in a shift every game. 

De vries lives off the goal vs tottenham 

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Zeljko Kalac would have been a good shout , his mistakes per minute must be the highest for any goalkeeper who has ever played for us. But then again he helped set up the drama for Claridge at Wembley so all forgiven! 

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