Date:Tuesday November 17 2009
When Nigel Pearson tied down the services of Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale in the summer, he had completed what is perhaps his most astute signing to date.
And that is quite something giving the Leicester manager's impressive transfer record with the club the consideration it deserves.
So just what did Nigel Pearson and his backroom staff see in a Championship reserve goalkeeper plagued with injuries? A loan spell with hometown club Yeovil last season saw Weale grab the headlines with a last minute equaliser, the focal point of a rather meek footballing CV.
Therefore it may have come as some surprise to many Leicester fans when it became apparent that Weale was to be handed great responsibilities for the coming season. The number one shirt was his from the off, a clear demonstration of the faith Nigel Pearson possesses in the 27-year-old.
So far Weale has thrived on his responsibilities for the Foxes, regularly performing to the standards not witnessed of a Leicester goalkeeper since perhaps Tim Flowers. No doubt grateful for the opportunities handed to him by Pearson, Weale has consistently repaid the faith throughout the season so far.
His performances have not gone unnoticed either. Weale was nominated for the Championship's October player of the month, an accolade he was unfortunately beaten to by Cardiff's seemingly free-scoring Peter Whittingham. A deserved nominee nonetheless, as Weale has earned his stripes whilst undoubtedly saving points for the Foxes in their flight up the Championship table.
A glance at the local paper today sees Weale the subject of possible interest from Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur in the search for Heurelho Gomes' understudy at White Hart Lane. It is hardly surprising given the quality of Weale's admirable displays between the sticks for the Foxes this season.
Whether or not he would be willing to swap his current position for an all too familiar bench warming spot he has been so accustomed to his whole career is another matter entirely, but he will be unquestionably flattered with the possible interest shown in him at the very least.
One thing is for sure; Leicester City fans will be delighted seeing Weale being given the comeuppances he is worthy of. If he continues in the same vein of form for the rest of the season the bigger fish may well come surfacing, but for now the Foxes should be pleased to finally have a capable goalkeeper worth talking about.
Date:Tuesday November 17 2009
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