Date:Thursday September 2 2010
Last but one in the Championship was not the kind of start Paulo Sousa had in mind when he took the reins at Leicester City.
It has been a dismal start to the campaign, that point nobody can argue with, but the rub of the green has not necessarily fell our way thus far.
Deadline day proved to be a busy one for Leicester, who recruited the services of former-loanee Martyn Waghorn and Japanese international Yuki Abe before the 6 p.m. deadline.
One player who headed in the opposite direction was striker DJ Campbell, who finally put pen to paper on his 'dream' move to Premier League Blackpool after two successful spells with the Seasiders.
For a minute it seemed as though Campbell was here to stay, at least for now, but we all knew his heart was not at the Walkers.
The City faithful desperately wanted it to happen for Campbell this season after a turbulent Foxes career, but ultimately a move elsewhere for a reasonable fee was too good to turn down for all parties involved.
On the flip side the capture of Yuki Abe appears to be something of a coup for Paulo Sousa, a view supported by several English journalists working in Japan who believe the midfielder has the ability to play in the Premier League.
Their loss, we hope. Abe brings with him a wealth of experience on the international stage, his string of World Cup appearances this summer forming a segment of the 49 caps for his nation picked up since 2005.
At 28 years of age, time is very much still on his side, and his energy and technical abilities in the middle will almost certainly bolster City's struggling lineup.
Whether he can adapt to the demands of English football is the biggest question on everybody's lips, but few internationals have arrived through the door at City with pedigree such as his in recent times.
The ripples of excitement at the moment however, revolve around young Martyn Waghorn, hugely impressive in his season-long loan spell with the Foxes last term and now one of us for good.
His disappointment at failing to make the grade at boyhood club Sunderland was understandably plain to see, but the striker has conceded that his first team demands can be satisfied at Leicester.
Not only satisfied, but more perhaps. Waghorn should be a figurehead of the Leicester attack in the season to come for Sousa, a position enhanced even more by City's poor start. We can only hope that the Blue Army's expectations are not excessive on the returning favourite for now.
The capture of Waghorn is a statement of intent from City's new board that they are prepared to back Sousa in his quest for success. A fee which could rise to £3 million may seem top-heavy on initial inspection, but the truth is that Leicester have themselves one of the division's best young players.
The capture of the 20-year-old has already provided City fans with a welcome distraction from events on the pitch thus far, but perhaps more important will give every man in a Foxes shirt a boost at the Ricoh Arena next weekend.
Date:Thursday September 2 2010
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Stats: Reading v Leicester (Monday April 14 2014)
Pearson - I Won't Let The Season Fizzle Out (Sunday April 13 2014)
Vardy Back For Reading? (Sunday April 13 2014)
We Must Refocus Quickly - Taylor-Fletcher (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Pearson - We Were Below Par (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Stats: Leicester v Brighton (Tuesday April 8 2014)
How Leicester City sealed promotion (Monday April 7 2014)
Pearson - Tough Test Against Brighton (Monday April 7 2014)
Pearson's Promotion Relief (Sunday April 6 2014)
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