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14 hours ago, Col city fan said:

I agree. It’s a cut throat world of mega money at the top, and not much at all at the bottom. 
The money the top players get paid is obscene. It’s ridiculous. 
eg For Arsenal to still be paying Mezut fookin Ozil a reported 350k per week, to not even be in the squad is utterly utterly barmy. 
Just imagine it.... not far off a million quid every MONTH to not even be playing at all!

Only top flight football can have set itself up to do this. It wouldn’t happen anywhere else I don’t imagine.

Now with VAR and all the nonsense around that and of course, Covid and no crowds at games, it’s not the best era for following football. 
I pity the fans who consider footballers ‚Äėheroes‚Äô. They aren‚Äôt at all. They are good at what they do, get paid ludicrous¬†money for doing it and will be off to the next highest bidder as soon as their agent tells them too

The main reason I love Vardy (apart from his goals) is because he chose to stay at Leicester despite the promise of huge money at Arsenal. He knew he was pretty much top dog here, his family were settled, so he stayed. 
But Vardy is very much the exception 

I don't think Arsenal were offering Vards that much more... from memory they offered a 150k x 4 years contract vs our 120k x 5 years contract. But yeah family and the huge house he had just finished building were definitely huge factors, plus his feeling of indebtedness towards the club and owners.

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2 hours ago, brucey said:

I don't think Arsenal were offering Vards that much more... from memory they offered a 150k x 4 years contract vs our 120k x 5 years contract. But yeah family and the huge house he had just finished building were definitely huge factors, plus his feeling of indebtedness towards the club and owners.

Plus

 

‚ÄúThe original reason cited for Vardy‚Äôs decision to turn down the Gunners was a concern over playing style. City‚Äôs number nine did not know how he would fit into Arsene Wenger‚Äôs system, which contrasted greatly with the speedy, direct, counter-attacking play Ranieri‚Äôs side had had so much joy with.‚ÄĚ

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I love Youri. But I'm very worried about his capacity to last the season. He's been very heavily used. Now that we are nearing the proverbial final bend. I think BR will be even less likely to rest him. In my view he's missed earlier opportunities to rest him and I hope we don't pay the consequences in March, April & May.

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20 minutes ago, Marshall Cockney Fox said:

I love Youri. But I'm very worried about his capacity to last the season. He's been very heavily used. Now that we are nearing the proverbial final bend. I think BR will be even less likely to rest him. In my view he's missed earlier opportunities to rest him and I hope we don't pay the consequences in March, April & May.

Agree..

Should have recalled KDH in January to play in the Cup games and as cover.

We're one injury away from a repeat of last seasons fiasco.

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Just now, weller54 said:

Agree..

Should have recalled KDH in January to play in the Cup games and as cover.

We're one injury away from a repeat of last seasons fiasco.

We couldn't, was in the contract

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Great article on Sky about him today!

 

When Leicester face Liverpool on Saturday, the most complete midfielder on the pitch will be wearing the blue of the home team at the King Power Stadium rather than the red of the champions.

Youri Tielemans has been at the heart of his side's success.

 

Jurgen Klopp had a title-winning midfield packed with players who worked hard and were tactically astute. He signed Thiago in the summer in the hope of adding technical ability. But Tielemans fuses the lot and is now excelling in a deeper role under Brendan Rodgers.

 

Everyone in football knew of Tielemans' potential. He had made his Anderlecht debut at the age of just 16, after all. But he arrived in the Premier League with something to prove.

"When he came in from Monaco, he was a talent, but ultimately he was not playing at Monaco, which is why the club was able to get him in," Rodgers tells Sky Sports.

 
 

He impressed quickly and was seen as a bargain when his loan move was made permanent in the summer of 2019. An old head on young shoulders, he had actually been captain briefly at Monaco, and soon established himself as part of Leicester's leadership group.

 

One has to be reminded that he is still so young. "He is 23 years of age but if you watched him you would think he was 28 or 29," says Rodgers. "He has got a wonderful football brain. For a player of 23, I trust him in the game. Tactically, he is so strong. Technically, he can play fast because his vision is so good."

 

Leicester City's Youri Tielemans' passing analysed

It was Tielemans' quick thinking that allowed Kelechi Iheanacho to score Leicester's late winner over Brighton in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday evening. There were many examples of his quality at Wolves on Sunday too.

Within four minutes, there was a Cruyff turn away from trouble. Moments later he brought the ball out of the sky with ease. Later in the first half, he fired a first-time left-footed volley forwards to maintain the attacking pressure on the opponents. Towards the end of the game, there was another memorable moment when his first touch allowed him to glide away from Ruben Neves.

 

But perhaps his most telling involvement came on the hour mark when he put in a smart tackle on Adama Traore to prevent the Wolves winger from breaking away on the counter-attack.

That defensive side of his game has evolved with time.

"What we have talked about a lot with him is the physicality of the Premier League so that we can demonstrate his qualities more," says Rodgers. "As he has adapted to the Premier League and the speed of the game, you just see his football. It is sensational.

"He is competitive and can compete physically now. That has taken that bit of time because of the speed of the game when you come in from Europe. It is a totally different intensity."

Tielemans covered more ground than any other Leicester player at Molineux, just as he had in outrunning everyone on the pitch in the win over Fulham prior to that.

He has become physically robust, starting all but one Premier League game and coming off the bench in the other. That ability to cope physically has allowed Rodgers to deploy him in a deeper role this season, only helping to showcase the range of his talent.

 

"When I first came in he was playing as an eight and I played him up there with James [Maddison]," says Rodgers.

"Then we had a slight adaption because when we did not have the physicality of Wilf [Ndidi] in the team in the early parts of the season, we came back to playing with a double pivot so that him and Papy [Mendy] could cover the ground."

Defensively, Tielemans has done the job well. He ranks second in the Premier League for ball recoveries by midfielders, behind the more obviously destructive Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Leicester City's Youri Tielemans ranks among the top players in the Premier League for ball recoveries this season

The fact that Tielemans can now do that made the positional change possible, but it was not the only factor in Rodgers' thinking. Playing deeper also suited him when in possession.

"It was also to allow his range of passing so he could take the ball from a deeper position and serve the ball. From time to time he could still break forward and release himself to score. That role suits him perfectly. We have seen him play it with Belgium. He is a wonderful playmaker and he really gets the whole team playing."

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Tielemans ranks among the top five midfielders in the Premier League for touches, passes into the final third and through-balls. He is the prompter from the middle of the pitch. Rodgers sees it as just the start. He can be at the top of the game for another decade.

"He clearly had talent but he is a young player who I have really enjoyed seeing his growth in this league. He is a super professional. Leads his life to be a player. Looks after his young family. Comes here to prepare and is solely concentrated on football and family.

"He is a real joy to work with and has become a very, very important player. He is up there with the very top midfielders in the Premier League and he is only going to get better."

Liverpool, and every other club in Europe, can only look on in envy.

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We beat Liverpool 3-1 but I have to say Tielemans was awful today! A sloppy and unnecessary cross field pass led to their first goal and he just couldn't get going.

 

Well these things can happen, especially against a team that has such a mad pressing style as Liverpool. Perhaps that's something for him to work on, because the "snap" and speed at which Liverpool players got to him, meant he lost his normal self-assuredness.

 

Still having a wonderful season though, and I feel he will improve over time. Today Ndidi got him out of trouble time and time again though!

 

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Willing to put down poor performance today to fatigue and being immensely pressed for most of the game. Put that down to Klopp realising how influential he is. 

 

Think he'll enjoy the rest between now and Thursday! 

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