Leshabela makes full Shrewsbury debut

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Khanya Leshabela made his full debut for Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

The midfielder was given his first start for the English League One side as they hosted Rochdale in a Carabao Cup encounter at the New Meadow Stadium.

Last week, Leshabela joined the Shrews on a season-long loan from former Premier League champions, Leicester City.

Leshabela played the entire game as Shrewsbury lost 2-0 against the Dale and crashed out of the domestic cup competition.

English forward Jake Beesley opened the scoring with a penalty in the 68th minute before Danny Cashman netted the second goal in the 77th minute.

Coach Steve Cotterill had already given the 21-year-old South African attacking midfielder his debut when Shrewsbury took on Plymouth in a league game last Saturday, but this was his first full game for the Salop.

Their next assignment is against Gillingham in the league on Saturday afternoon and the Soshanguve-born youngster will be eager to get another 90 minutes under his belt.

Leicester opted against selling the dynamic midfielder despite interest from English Championship outfit Luton Town and several League One clubs.

He spent two weeks on trial at Luton who eventually wanted him on a permanent deal, but the Foxes refused to sell as they regard Leshabela as one of the most promising talents to emerge from their academy system.

Leshabela joined Leicester in 2013 from Northampton. He made his Premier League debut in a victory against Sheffield United last season, but faced competition from the likes of James Maddison and Dennis Praet in the creative midfield role.

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By FARPost Reporter