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Academy Influx During 2019/20 Encourages Elliott

The number of Academy graduates involved during Leicester City’s 2019/20 season was a major highlight for 2000 League Cup Final hero Matt Elliott.

- Matt Elliott praises the inclusion of Leicester City’s youngsters during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign
- Four Academy graduates featured in the Premier League for the Football Club
- Elliott reflected on the efforts of young left-back Luke Thomas, who played in City’s final three matches

Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury all played significant roles for the Foxes throughout their latest top-flight campaign.

Left-back Luke Thomas, meanwhile, made a rapid rise from Development Squad football to the Premier League, and on his debut set up Ayoze Pérez’s opener against Sheffield United.

For Elliott, a blend of promising youth, unknown quantities and seasoned professionals paved the way for the Foxes to finish fifth in the Premier League.

“In the early parts of the season, the list would be too long to mention everybody,” he said when asked of City’s stand-out performers. “That’s a good sign. Right through from Kasper Schmeichel to Jamie Vardy, everyone was putting in a shift and producing the goods.

“It’s obvious to mention [Çağlar] Söyüncü coming in, he’s really made an impact. Questions were being asked about whether he could perform at that level, and he certainly proved a lot of people wrong, myself included 

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Academy graduate Harvey Barnes finished the 2019/20 season with seven goals in all competitions.

“He slotted in superbly and complemented Jonny Evans, and straight away I’m onto someone else. Jonny Evans has been some people’s player of the year.

“Even when things weren’t going that well, there were strong performances from certain people. Wilfred Ndidi has cemented his reputation as one of the best enforcers and central midfielders in the Premier League.

“Ricardo Pereira, before his injury, was up there in the top three right-backs in the league – that would be fair to say. There are many others that stand out, but it’s been good to see the introduction of the younger players as well.

“Harvey Barnes has established himself as a fully-fledged team member, Hamza Choudhury similarly. Latterly in the season, Luke Thomas came through, and what a revelation he was in the short time that he played.”

Playing on the left-hand side of City’s defence, whether that be as a wing-back or in a more traditional left-back role, Development Squad Player of the Season Thomas caught the eye of Elliott, who had previously seen him in action for the Club’s Under-23s earlier in the campaign.

The fact that this has been Leicester City’s second-best ever Premier League finish says it all, really. There are little bits to analyse and scrutinise, without a doubt – there usually are – but overall, not a bad season at all.

Matt Elliott LCFC TV
Elliott said: “You can instantly see that he’s a naturally-talented footballer. You feel almost wasted at left-back, but these days, full-backs are an important aspect of the seasons in both attack and defence. He got an opportunity to express himself and he took it really well.

“He looks confident in his ability that he’s developed. Some of it’s obviously natural, but he has that confidence knowing that he’s a very good technical player. He’s got to learn the ropes, but he doesn’t get bullied in games at all.

“It was a little bit of an education for him to come in when he did, but it was probably a bit sooner than he expected. Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, you couldn’t have a finer coach to lead him along his path. In the games that he came in, he showed real promise.”

For the Foxes, at the turn of the century, Elliott was involved in seven Premier League campaigns, which included four top-half finishes.

Up until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season and aside from their remarkable 2015/16 title-winning campaign, City had not finished higher than eighth in the Premier League.

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Luke Thomas registered a clean sheet and assist during his Foxes debut.

“Overall, it was a very positive season,” Elliott said. “The positives outweigh the negatives, that’s for sure. Some people have looked at how Leicester stuttered in the second half of the season and it’s right to do that.

“I think Brendan Rodgers and the players will look at themselves and try and analyse why they couldn’t hit the heights of the early parts of the season. To fall from third to fifth in the Premier League is not a disaster in my book.

“Expectations rose early on in the season, but it was always going to be a big ask to continue that level of performance throughout the season. Having said that, there will be frustrations that they didn’t see it through to get that Champions League slot.

“The fact that this has been Leicester City’s second-best ever Premier League finish says it all, really. There are little bits to analyse and scrutinise, without a doubt – there usually are – but overall, not a bad season at all.”

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26 minutes ago, jamesmilner said:

Ben Petty in charge of U23's and Steve Beaglehole is in charge of team of non-playing 1st team , loanees returning etc . 

What type of coach is Ben Petty, is it a similar style to that Beaglehole was described as using? 

 

Don't fully understand this change is squads however

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30 minutes ago, UniFox21 said:

What type of coach is Ben Petty, is it a similar style to that Beaglehole was described as using? 

 

Don't fully understand this change is squads however

Ben and Steve been together a while at U23's . Beags team is a strange one . no league to play in so what they doing ? just training ? Dunno that much but i know its happening . 

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6 minutes ago, jamesmilner said:

Ben and Steve been together a while at U23's . Beags team is a strange one . no league to play in so what they doing ? just training ? Dunno that much but i know its happening . 

Makes sense in a Covid world, reduces the number of people coming into close contact with each other. Almost puts them into a "bubble"

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Recapping Leicester City's 2019/20 Loan Representation

 

Several Leicester City players spent time out on loan during the 2019/20 season - including many who sealed promotions and league championships for their adopted clubs.


Filip Benković enjoyed the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City. The Croatian defender made 10 appearances for the Robins, scoring twice. The centre-back’s first goal came on his full debut - in a victory over Derby County, while he also scored against Stoke City earlier this month.

Elsewhere, Andy King, who leaves the Club this summer after 16 magnificent years, had two loan spells during 2019/20 season, firstly making five appearances for Rangers, including in the UEFA Europa League, as the Glasgow giants won every game King featured in. He then moved back to England, turning out 14 times for Huddersfield Town as the Terriers confirmed their Championship survival.

 

Rachid Ghezzal made a temporary move to Fiorentina for the 2019/20 campaign and played 21 games for I Viola in Serie A and the Coppa Italia. The winger’s first goal for the club came earlier in July of this year, in a 3-1 league victory over Lecce. The Florence club finished the season in 10th place.

 

After spending the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Monaco, Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva returned to the Principality for the following campaign, making 22 appearances in Ligue 1, of which 13 were starts, as well as a single outing in the French League Cup.

 

Algerian forward Islam Slimani also joined the one-time French champions for 2019/20, netting nine times and contributing eight assists in his 19 appearances for Les Monégasques. Robert Moreno’s side sat ninth in the table when the season was curtailed, but were just a single point off fifth position.

 

Meanwhile, forward Fousseni Diabaté played 23 times for fellow Ligue 1 side Amiens, scoring his only goal in a 4-4 draw with UEFA Champions League semi-finalists Paris Saint-Germain in February, but the club was relegated to Ligue 2 following the cancellation of the French season.

 

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, on the other hand, enjoyed a successful first loan spell away from the Club, playing 10 times for Blackpool in Sky Bet League 1. The 21-year-old midfielder contributed four goals as the Tangerines finished 13th in the shortened season. He scored on debut before netting a dramatic late winner against Bolton Wanderers. He also followed that up with another goal four days later, whilst also finding the net on his final appearance for the Tangerines.

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Young goalkeeper Daniel Iversen - now on loan at OH Leuven - made a temporary move to Rotherham United in a promotion-winning season for the Millers. He kept 10 clean sheets as the Yorkshire club finished second in Sky Bet League 1, which was decided on a points per-game basis. The Danish shot-stopper made 38 appearances in all competitions, signing a new five-and-a-half year deal at Leicester City midway through the season.

Staying in League 1, Josh Knight featured in 26 games for Peterborough United, who missed out on achieving a play-off berth by a single point. The youngster, who can play both in defence and midfield, scored three league goals in victories over Sunderland and Oxford United, as well as finding the net in a draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

 

Striker Layton Ndukwu continued his development by spending the season on loan at Southend United. The 21-year-old featured 10 times for the Shrimpers, who were relegated from League 1.

Fellow striker Admiral Muskwe also spent time away from Leicester City, joining League 2 outfit Swindon Town on loan in January. The 21-year-old made five appearances for Swindon, managed by former Foxes midfielder Richie Wellens, before the season was brought to a premature end. Swindon were awarded the League 2 title on a points-per-game basis.

 

Also in League 2, Foxes’ forward Ryan Loft turned out 35 times for Carlisle United as the Cumbrians finished 18th. The 22-year-old scored six times during his loan spell, including four league strikes, the first of which proved to be the winner away at Scunthorpe United in August 2019.

 

Sam Hughes was another player that spent 2019/20 in League 2, playing 10 games for newly promoted Salford City between September and February. The defender helped keep four clean sheets in all competitions during the time as the North West club finished 11th in the table.

 

Attacking midfielder Kamal Sowah made 29 appearances in all competitions during 2019/20, scoring five goals and laying on three assists, as OH Leuven won promotion back to the Belgian Juliper Pro League. One of the first European leagues to commence their new seasons this month, the Ghanian also starred in their 2020/21 opener, a 1-1 draw with Eupen earlier this week.

 

At present, only Sowah and Iversen (both at OH Leuven) are currently out on loan ahead of the 2020/21 season. Make sure to check back to LCFC.com throughout the upcoming campaign to follow their progress.

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19 hours ago, jamesmilner said:

I just do not know . Its because of the Europa 25 man squad etc ( home grown players rule ) so players can not go out on loan . I will try to find out more . 

So we won't be loaning any of the over 21 players out such as Dewsbury-Hall, Knight, Hughes etc? They will still play in the U23's when not on standby for the first team though so seems odd to have a coach focusing only on these few players?

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6 hours ago, Ric Flair said:

So we won't be loaning any of the over 21 players out such as Dewsbury-Hall, Knight, Hughes etc? They will still play in the U23's when not on standby for the first team though so seems odd to have a coach focusing only on these few players?

 I really do not know what the craic is ? I know Ben was firstly going to take this team but that changed to Beags . 

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8 minutes ago, filbertway said:

Having a group of players that arent gonna play a role in the first team or be eligible for the u23s sounds absurd to me. If they're gonna serve no purpose then sack them off surely?

We can't do that if they have a contract. It'll be just keeping them fit and providing games for players coming back from injury.

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