Thursday, 25 November 2010

Sven Stocks Up: Bednar and Kirkland

After Leicester's disappointing grind to a halt at the weekend, Sven Goran Eriksson has bolstered the Leicester City squad by adding a striker and a goalkeeper to his other three loan signings, all defenders.

Romans Bednar

A Czech international, 27 year old Roman Bednar has come on loan from West Bromwich Albion until the New Year after falling down in the forward pecking order at the Hawthorns.

He is a big forward, with lots of power and strength, who can score goals (something which the Leicester forwards are currently lacking) but, according to a Baggie friend, don't expect him to score too much.  Proven in the Championship, I think Bednar can do a job, as long as Sven can get the most out of him.

Chris Kirkland

Former England international goalkeeper (to be fair, only one cap but they all count!), Chris Kirkland has moved to his home town club for the same length loan as Bednar.  After Wigan Athletic loaned in Oman international Ali Al Habsi, Kirkland has hardly played for the first team and comes to Leicester to gain some valuable first-team football.

Apparently, he almost hit his head as he arrived at Leicester today and so is a big keeper and having played for four years at Wigan now, has great Premier League experience.  For a team looking to promotion, this is the kind of player we need to be looking for.

Although these two arrivals means the demotion of other players such as Matty Fryatt and Chris Weale, Sven is again showing his ruthless streak in team selection.  He obviously has seen the places in the team where the Premier League standard is missing and filled them in.  Unfortunately that means a possible back five of all loanees and the demotion of former favourites, it seems this may be necessary to move on.

Time will tell if Sven has made some good moves.  I think he has.