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« Reply #56505 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 08:48:13 »

Leshabala is primarily a winger but can play anywhere in midfield/attack.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2019-06-26-sa-player-officially-part-of-leicester-citys-first-team-squad-in-new-english-premier-league-season/

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Leshabela plays as a winger but can also tuck inside and his path to a starting place is blocked by a number of experienced internationals at the Foxesā though he can point to the likes of Hamza Choudhury and Ben Chilwell who have made a successful step up to the first team from the Under-23s in the last few years.

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liked how much he put himself about. Didn't have long enough to do more than that really.

He didn't stand out at U23, there were always a few better players in each match he played, It didn't even look as though he was a championship loan level.

He Wonít go very far with the company he keeps

Was on the bench vs Southampton in the cup in December

Usually a right winger, but also capable of playing as a number 10

Scored a good goal for the U23s against Forest at about 1:20 on the video below
https://twitter.com/i/status/1062091829301178370

Yeah might well impress enough to get a chance, versatile and energetic enough to play how Rodgers wants his midfielders to play.

Strange that he completely went off the radar after his pre-season last year where he looked pretty impressive.

Looked better than Tavares but to be fair Leshabela played against the worst PL peformance (from a team with 11 men) I have seen since we came up. Good sign of things to come.

Played a couple nice balls and got about the place. Wasn't afraid to get on the ball. Very positive to see

Every time I see the lad in these little cameos, he just looks like he belongs. I think he has a good future ahead of him but I cant see how he gets in our team with the talent ahead of him available.

He's always looked a pretty solid player in his pre season appearances. Great that he's got a chance today but he shouldn't be still knocking about and not on loan.

I saw a lot of him in pre season 2019 / 2020 and the lad has a bright future

He is solid in the middle of the park and can pick a pass but he shores up the midfield. His biggest asset for me is he is a pragmatic player, when things are going right or wrong he is level headed and keeps it simple.

I liked his positional sense and decision-making (as you said, level-headed), positive and unafraid.  

Thought he looked really good tbh

In my opinion wasnít on long enough and didnít do anything that made me sit up. Kid looked ok. If anything he seemed to lack pace on a couple of occasions. Needs more time on the pitch.

For a 19 year old that was almost the sort of performance that makes you want to say "revelation."
Shame he didn't score, he would have earned himself that goal if he had. Really solid all round performance and did not look out of place playing in a 3 with Tielemans and Mendy.

Yeah that's my feeling. Let him "do a Barnes" for a solid Championship team. I think he could do very well for someone based on that and come back with a lot of match experience next season.

Last night was the first time I saw him and I was very impressed with his composure and decision making.

Blacburn were looking at taking him on loan.

https://www.lancs.live/sport/football/transfer-news/blackburn-rovers-leshabela-leicester-profile-20955280

Luton wanted him too.

https://www.lutontoday.co.uk/sport/football/luton-town/luton-priced-out-of-a-move-for-leicester-midfielder-leshabela-3336958

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« Reply #56506 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:21:27 »

khanya leshebala according to Crewe fans.

24 years old. Played 14 games in 3 seasons.

I get we will take punts on such players. Just a bit odd timing if that's what happens
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« Reply #56507 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:50:31 »

14 professional games at 24 years old is great example of how the current academy system can fail players (injuries aside). With the U23 teams, clubs can hoard players up until 23/24, release them and then the players struggle to get another club because they have such few minutes.

Read a interview with a Chelsea (I think) player recently who mentioned not wanting to be in that scenario, 23/24 years old with barely any senior minutes so sought out loan moves to clubs that would take them at 18/19 for a season. Another article mentioned how Prem clubs are now realising this too and looking to get players out on loan to non league clubs at a much earlier age than usual because theyíre struggling to shift 21-24 year old players they no longer want due to no football league clubs wanting to take them on.
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« Reply #56508 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:53:08 »

Does it fail them?  They earn far more in that short period than they ever would have under the old systems of basic youth set-ups, and there are only a limited amount of professional contracts available each year across all the leagues.  It's likely some would never have got passed the transition from YTS to Pro back in the day, or maybe some lower league kids is staying on in their place?  Ultimately, those that stay in the game until 23/24 do quite well out of it and have plenty of time to move into something else - a fair number of Professional Coaches over here have that type of background for example (USA).
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« Reply #56509 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 12:24:12 »

Does it fail them?  They earn far more in that short period than they ever would have under the old systems of basic youth set-ups, and there are only a limited amount of professional contracts available each year across all the leagues.  It's likely some would never have got passed the transition from YTS to Pro back in the day, or maybe some lower league kids is staying on in their place?  Ultimately, those that stay in the game until 23/24 do quite well out of it and have plenty of time to move into something else - a fair number of Professional Coaches over here have that type of background for example (USA).

It depends what your success metrics are. If looking purely at their first aim (granted itís never this simple or restricted to this) to produce footballers then I would say it does in this scenario.

Iím not talking about the kids that get kept on until 23/24 and released but over that time accumulate some first team experience (either through loans or other means), Iím talking about the ones that are allowed to get to 23/24 with virtually no senior experience. Those players then have a much tougher time being taken on by other clubs due to that lack of minutes for their age (21 and under are probably more lenient) compared to others at the same age. Iíll have a dig for that article I read and it had quotes from a lower league manager talking about how when budgets are tight and theyíre looking for players, they canít afford to be taking on players of that age who donít have first team minutes.

Shade is a good example of the opposite, released by Leicester at 21/22 but had a full season at Walsall of first team minutes that gave him a decent CV to get a EFL move.

But yeah looking outside just producing professional footballers, there are still a lot of benefits to staying in those academies until that age.
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« Reply #56510 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 13:44:21 »

From my Crewe supporting mate

If you had told me he was training at Swindon I would have assumed we were talking Supermarine[/u][/u].
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« Reply #56511 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 17:13:31 »

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« Reply #56512 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 18:07:52 »

Flynn has demonstrated that heís only going to sign players that he thinks can contribute & potentially make us better.

If it is him & we sign him Iíd be inclined to trust Flynnís judgement
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« Reply #56513 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 19:46:53 »

Flynn has demonstrated that heís only going to sign players that he thinks can contribute & potentially make us better.

If it is him & we sign him Iíd be inclined to trust Flynnís judgement

Thatís a bit rash and a brave statement of support against a groundswell of opinion amongst the supporters who surely know better?
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« Reply #56514 on: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 22:06:36 »

Flynn has demonstrated that heís only going to sign players that he thinks can contribute & potentially make us better.

If it is him & we sign him Iíd be inclined to trust Flynnís judgement


Good player potentially with good pedigree, if motivated could be a good signing.  I trust Flynn's judgement.
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« Reply #56515 on: Friday, September 29, 2023, 07:58:49 »

Thatís a bit rash and a brave statement of support against a groundswell of opinion amongst the supporters who surely know better?
Quite Wink It always amazes me, whenever the manager's job becomes vacant, that the club never opts for one its many knowledgeable, articulate and tactically astute, fans.
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« Reply #56516 on: Friday, September 29, 2023, 09:30:25 »

Flynn has demonstrated that heís only going to sign players that he thinks can contribute & potentially make us better.

If it is him & we sign him Iíd be inclined to trust Flynnís judgement
100% this. Look at Youngs rave reviews from Bradford fans.
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« Reply #56517 on: Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:56:56 »

Quite Wink It always amazes me, whenever the manager's job becomes vacant, that the club never opts for one its many knowledgeable, articulate and tactically astute, fans.

Canít think why. What with all these xbox and Nintendo games at being a virtual PL manger it is a piece of piss. It stands to reason that all online Ďwannabe managersí should be seriously looked at along with the dark horse candidates like Dave down the Nags Head. Glazers and Kronke et al must be absolutely stupid and clearly have no idea what theyíre into. If I was a sports agent or head hunting agency first place Iíd look is the Adver opinions letters and the TEF.
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« Reply #56518 on: Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:19:46 »

https://sport.optus.com.au/news/ligue-1/os53708/ligue-1-news-2023-will-still-reims-football-manager-game-psg

OK, so it's not quite the myth that he got the job because of FM, but it's worth noting just how much from the real game ends up in there.  Impressive given it's humble beginnings in the 90's.
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« Reply #56519 on: Friday, September 29, 2023, 12:28:24 »

https://sport.optus.com.au/news/ligue-1/os53708/ligue-1-news-2023-will-still-reims-football-manager-game-psg

OK, so it's not quite the myth that he got the job because of FM, but it's worth noting just how much from the real game ends up in there.  Impressive given it's humble beginnings in the 90's.
All he has to do is sign Taribo West, Kennedy Bakircioglu and Tonton Zola Moukako as his first signings.
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