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It could be worse - where are they now? Pt.II

You've seen the starting lineup from that fateful day at the Britannia. But what about the other no-hopers that plagued the season?

Well, here's a selection of others in all their glory.

Alan Sheehan

A youth academy product himself, Sheehan featured at left-back on numerous occasions during the campaign.

Foxes fans may well remember fondly the free-kick that sparked a superb turnaround against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, but that aside, the Irishman's time was an unhappy one.

Now: Featuring regularly for Swindon Town, who look destined for relegation to League Two this season.

Hossein Kaebi

It's the hype that gets everybody. We'd seen the Youtube videos prior to his arrival, and it was true - here we had a genuinely exciting Iranian international signing for us.

What could possibly go wrong? In truth, it was more what actually went right. With little English under his belt, Kaebi declined into the reserve squad quickly following the sacking of Martin Allen and barely emerged again.

He finally made a long-awaited start in a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich after an appearance in the defeat at Hull eight days previous, but was shown the door soon afterwards. Disastrous.

Now: Back in his native Iran with Steel Zan in the Iran Pro League.

James Chambers

Joined from Watford after a solid career at Vicarage Road, but sadly never lived up to expectations at Filbert Way.

One of the many right-backs in the squad at the time, Chambers was generally viewed as first choice until injuries hampered a prolonged run in the side. Left on a free just a year into his three-year contract.

Now: Still in the Championship with Doncaster, but used merely as a bit-part player.

Sergio Hellings

What on earth was this one all about? Another horrendous signing under the Martin Allen regime, Hellings arrived with promise but left without an appearance to his name.

The Dutch midfielder came close to making his debut at Stamford Bride in the thrilling League Cup clash against Chelsea, but sadly for him never made it off the bench.

Now: Turning out for K.S.V. Roeselare in the Belgian Second Division.

Zsolt Laczkó

One of the two Hungarian loanee wingers signed by Holloway to revive the Foxes' lacklustre midfield, Zsolt's debut left everybody hailing their manager's new capture.

A ravenous performance on the wing in a home debut against Coventry saw him leave to a standing ovation, but eight appearances later and opinions were about as opposite as imaginable.

Now: Incredibly at Sampdoria in Seria A. Foxes fans may remember his Champions League appearance for Hungarian side Debreceni against Liverpool in the 2009/10 season. Baffling.

Gabor Bori

Joined as a fellow winger alongside compatriot Zsolt, Bori's debut against Coventry was also one to remember.

Things declined rapidly, however, and Bori's performances soon became laughable to say the least.

Now: Playing for Kecskeméti TE in the Hungarian First Division.

Kelvin Etuhu

Signed on loan from Manchester City, Eutuhu arrived with promise as a young, pacey midfielder.

Making his debut in a 0-0 draw against Bristol City, Etuhu defied logic by missing an open goal, before making only three more appearances for the club.

Now: In prison. Yes, really.

Jonathan Hayes

It's getting boring now isn't it? You guessed it, another signing from the classic Allen book of how not to do it.

The young winger was picked up on a free transfer after impressing under Allen while on loan with MK Dons, but made only seven league appearances before being shown the door.

Now: Making a useful name for himself in the Scottish Premier League with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, via loan spells at Northampton Town and Cheltenham.

Shaun Newton

Snapped up on a free transfer after his West Ham deal expired, Newton was handed the prestigious number 16 shirt previously worn by the likes of Josh Low and Luigi Glombard.

Managerial turmoil didn't help as he made only 10 appearances in the season, eventually leaving on a free transfer.

Now: Never found a club since, despite spending time on trial with Yeovil in 2008.

Was convicted of nine charges connected with a scam to dodge speeding tickets, for which he was slapped with a 28-week suspended prison sentence, a 12-month driving ban and an order for 180 hours of unpaid community service.

Carl Cort

Oh, Carl. You were priceless.

The big striker was snapped up on a free transfer at the beginning of the campaign under Allen, but failed to score in his 14 league appearances for the club.

A saving grace arrived at Stamford Bridge when he prodded home to put the Foxes ahead, but all in all his time at Filbert Way was quite frankly hopeless.

So much in fact that the former Wimbledon man may go down as one of the Foxes' worst strikers in history.

Now: Without a club after being released from Brentford in January. Joined Spanish outfit UD Marbella after leaving City, before linking up with Norwich shortly afterwards.

Mark de Vries

De Vries will forever go down in Leicester folklore for his last-gasp winner against Tottenham in the League Cup two seasons prior, but his Foxes career declined rapidly.

A Craig Levein signing from Hearts, the powerful forward quickly became a laughing stock at the Walkers, ending with eight goals in his 51 league appearances for the club.

Now: Back in Holland in the Juliper League (second division) with SC Cambuur. And with a goal-scoring record of 25 in 54, nobody's laughing there.

Collins John

A Premier League loanee! But this saviour from the land above was no hero. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Somehow he'd featured 95 times for Fulham prior to his loan move to the Walkers Stadium, but his experiences did not prevail as he found the net just twice in his 11 appearances for the club.

Now: Playing under Tony Adams at Azerbaijan side Gamala, via spells at Watford, N.E.C., Roselare and Chicago Fire.

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Date:Tuesday April 19 2011

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