South African U23 international Khanya Leshabela put in a Man of the Match performance for Leicester City’s reserve side as they defeated West Ham United 2-1 on Monday night at the King Power Stadium.
Leshabela was one of the stand out performers on the day for the ‘Young Foxes’ who won the match convincingly.
The 21-year-old first set up Dimary Gray for the first goal of the game in the 21st minute, bursting through the midfield dancing through opponents to eventually set up Gray who had made a surging run on the left wing to slot home from a tight angle.
The second goal came after 86 minutes as Leshabela picked up the ball in the final third of the field and released Gray again who was on the right wing this time. The English attacker beat the defender with a step over before slotting the ball home at the far post.
Leshabela is pleased with his performance and hopes for more of the same as he pushes to force his way into coach Brendan Rodgers’s team this season.
“I applied myself very well and I was pleased to assist both goals for Dimary. I will keep my feet down because I really need to work on my numbers to stand a chance of making my senior debut.
“It was a great confidence booster for all of us as we try to have some consistent results this season. We lost many of our U23 guys so we are basically trying to bond the whole team together against now,” said Leshabela.
Coach Brendan Rodgers has taken the midfielder through two pre-season camps with the senior team and a few weeks ago he made the bench in the UEFA Europa League against SC Braga, but did not make it off the bench.
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