Leicester may loan out SA’s rising star


Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers wants to loan out Leicester City’s academy graduates and prospects with Khanya Leshabela amongst the youngsters who have been part of the former Liverpool boss’s preseason so far.

Leshabela and a number of other Leicester U23 players featured in the previous games against Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday.

Leshabela played 60 minutes against Birmingham while he did not make it off the bench against Sheffield on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to Leicester City Television Rodgers revealed that most of the young players will be loaned out to continue their development elsewhere for the coming season. “These guys are not 17, 18, a lot of them are 20 to 22, so they’re at a good age. They’ve absolutely been superb since they’ve come in,” explained Rodgers.

“Their attitude has been great. They’ve shown respect, but they’ve played with no fear and looked to try to impress. There’s one or two like Sidnei who are younger than the others, he’s come in and done very well also.”

The manager also explained that loans to clubs in the lower tiers will do the group of youngsters good. “They’re a talented young bunch. Some of them will probably end up going out to Championship clubs and League One clubs to continue with their development as well,” Rodgers concluded.

Leshabela is having his second pre-season with Leicester and his versatility is something that might help him as he can play both on the wing and in the central attacking midfield role.

Leicester City finished the season in a UEFA Europa League spot which means they will need to strengthen their squad to be able to withstand playing both the league and European football.

Leshabela played 21 games in all competitions last season; featuring 18 times in the league and 3 times in the Premier League international cup. A loan move away from the King Power Stadium might do the Soshanguve-born midfielder well as he looks into entering his first season playing senior football.

FARPost will be keeping tabs on the situation as it unfolds in the few weeks.

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