Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sven Meets the Deadline

  It was an exciting day for football fans as the Transfer Window Deadline drew closer and closer with hundreds of millions of pounds being spent by English clubs on players like Andy CarrollLuis Suarez (goalkeeper extraordinaire that plays upfront), Fernando Torres and David Luiz but the big news of the day was Sven's dealings at the Walkers Stadium.

Daniel Uchechi
Uchechi's Nigeria is beaten by Germany in the
U20 World Cup (guardian.co.uk)
  Uchechi is an U23 Nigerian international joining fellow compatriot Yakubu on loan at Leicester City.  Sven has said that he's one for the future and, at 21, still has a lot to learn in football but has already experience at Charlton, West Ham and in the U20 World Cup two years ago, impressing and scoring against Germany.  He's a striker and so will make good competition for the Yak, Vassell, Waghorn and Howard.

Ricardo on goalkeeping duties.
  In a crazy turn of events, ex-Portuguese international goalkeeper Ricardo joins Leicester as a free agent with the rest of the season to impress.  With echoes of Paulo Sousa's Portuguese signings, he becomes team-mate with the man whose penalty he saved to put Sven-Goran Eriksson's England out of the European Championships in 2004 and became the first keeper to save three penalties at a World Cup as he put the same team out of the 2006 competition.  Although now 34, there are still many years left in his career as goalkeeper and will be good back up and competition for Chris Weale in goal.

  Being linked with players such as Michael Owen, Shay Given, Abdoulaye Faye, Curtis Davies and Jeffrey Bruma (who may well still come) is great but Sven has brought us down to earth a bit with the signings he's made (bar Yakubu!) and is building an exciting, strong and deep squad.

  Eighteen games to make the dream come true...

ps. If you can bear it, skip to 10:26 in this video to see two of Sven's signings in action against eachother in some sort of international, Leicester City paralell universe in this video: