Soshanguve-born Khanya Leshabela left South Africa aged just two to England and his journey has landed him in the system of former English Premier League champions Leicester City.
The 20-year-old is currently going through his second pre-season with Leicester’s first team having already participated in last season’s pre-season as well.
Last season first team manager Brendan Rodgers sent the midfielder back to the B team feeling that he needed more development and regular game time with competition for places in the midfield of the ‘Foxes’ very stiff.
This season however it seems Rodgers wants to give the youngster a place in his Premier League squad having roped him in with the intention of giving him more playing minutes. The player has opened up about his relationship with the coach labeling it as very good.
“I have a very good relationship with the manager, he gives me motivation and advise on where to improve my game,” said Leshabela.
“The manager believes in me because I offer him versatility and a dynamism with my abilities as I can play in several positions on the pitch.”
Last week, Leshabela played an hour on the left side of defence in Leicester’s triumph over Birmingham City.
“Yes, yes I played as a left back against Birmingham mostly because there was a shortage of left backs in the team with (Ben) Chilwell having left for Chelsea and (Christian) Fuchs injured so I slotted in,” concluded a jubilant Leshabela.
If the midfielder eventually plays in the English Premier League he will be the first South African to play in England’s top flight since Steven Pienaar back in 2017 when the latter was with Sunderland.
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By Prince Sobayeni