Date:Tuesday September 14 2010
Goal-scorers are a rare breed. So when you have one, doing everything you can to keep hold of them is usually reasonably high on your list of priorities.
Paulo Sousa has gone part of the way by issuing a warning to Derby over their interest in striker Matty Fryatt, insisting that the fans' favourite would command a sizeable transfer fee.
Talk was rife last week that Fryatt would be exchanged as part of the deal to bring Hull defender Kamil Zayatte to the Walkers. The rumours were soon quashed of course.
City are hardly in a position to be offloading their better players given their current predicament, strikers least of all. Sousa's words should ease fears that the striker could be heading for the exit anytime soon.
There seems few logical reasons as to why anybody would like to see him move on given his exploits for the club over the past two seasons.
Of course he has his flaws like every player. Often greedy and wasteful on occasions, Fryatt can be immensely frustrating in front of goal when he wants to be.
A difficult start to the season has seen the striker fail to score in his four league appearances for the club, but injury and fitness issues have sadly hampered the striker's campaign thus far.
We have all seen that an unfit Matty Fryatt is barely of any use, demonstrated perfectly by an abysmal two seasons between 2006-08 which produced just five league goals.
A lacklustre performance in Saturday's draw at Coventry drew several stern words from sections of the City faithful, but manager Sousa has indicated that he will begin tonight's match against Cardiff.
"He knows how to do it and came very close last Saturday," Sousa said. "He came very close and, hopefully, he will score against Cardiff tonight in an important game to give us a win."
Fryatt - still adored by the Blue Army for all the right reasons - thrives at the Walkers Stadium in front of goal however, and tonight could see the spark to ignite his and Leicester's season.
Sousa's faith in the striker should witness a starting berth for the 24-year-old this evening as the Foxes manager looks to string together a front three capable of finding the net. What comes naturally to Fryatt has so far been something of a laboured chore for all concerned.
Fact of the matter is, nobody in this current Leicester side has scored anywhere near the amount of goals as he has in the last two seasons. Top goal-scorer in both, Fryatt more than demonstrated his worth to Nigel Pearson's team, and Sousa's should be no different.
Talk of unrest is not healthy for the team, and until he begins scoring again the interest from Derby will only continue to grow into something more sinister.
With goals lacking of late, Fryatt can yet again prove just why he should not be sold on to find the net for somebody else. Because he would.
Time to shine, Matty...
Date:Tuesday September 14 2010
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