Friday, 9 September 2011

Sven Spends

  Sven finally got his hands on the transfer funds of Leicester City's Thai owners this summer and could then delve into permanent transfers rather than borrowing stars from the Premier League.  Highlights on paper have been Matt Mills, Jermaine Beckford and Kasper Schmeichel whilst Martyn Waghorn, Dany N'Guessen and Ricardo have gone to pastures new (for now at least).

Cream of the Crop (Of Fosse and Foxes)
Ins
Matt Mills (Reading): £4.5m
Jermaine Beckford (Everton): £2.5m
Paul Konchesky (Liverpool): £1.2m
Sean St. Ledger (Preston North End): £1.2m
Kasper Schmeichel (Leeds United): £1m
Lee Peltier (Huddersfield Town): £800k
Neil Danns (Crystal Palace): Free
David Nugent (Portsmouth): Free
John Paintsil (Fulham): Free
Michael Ball (unattached): Free
Michael Johnson (Manchester City): Loan for season
Gelson Fernandes (St. Etienne): Loan for season

  Overall, that's just over £11m for 12 players which isn't too bad.  Leicester have been labelled as 'big-spenders' but such an overhaul has been done quite cheaply.  Sven obviously concentrated on defense, bringing in two left backs, two right backs, two centre backs and a goaly and it won't take long for this new line-up, adding to Sol Bamba and the recovering Alex Tunchev, to form a solid line.  Possibly Mills and St. Ledger were brought in at a higher price than most would have paid but such was Sven's desperation to plug up the hole that costs the Foxes promotion last season, it will have been deemed worth it.

Outs
Martyn Waghorn (Hull City): Loan til January
Jack Hobbs (Hull City)
Dany N'Guessen (Millwall)
Yakubu (returned from loan)
Kyle Naughton (returned from loan)
Patrick Van Aanholt (returned from loan)
Jeffrey Bruma (returned from loan)
Miguel Vitor (returned from loan)
Ricardo (released)
Yann Kermorgant (released)
Robbie Neilson (released)
Michael Lamey (released)
Moreno (released)

  An even longer list of those who headed out of the King Power Stadium doors shows the need for that overhaul and, although City have lost some excellent players, we have gained some too and I think the overall squad has strengthened, for sure.  Hopefully Waghorn will gain some match fitness and form at Hull and will return to fight for his place in the Leicester first team. As for the others, they haven't fitted in Sven's plans and are far better off finding their football elsewhere.

  Only time will tell if Sven's decisions will bear fruit but, looking to the future, this could be a very exciting season for Leicester City fans across the world.