UK time is: 12:37:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Size might matter as big men go

With Mark DeVries following Dion Dublin out of the door by signing for Heerenveen on loan, Leicester City are starting to look decidedly lightweight for their relegation fight.

They must surely be hoping to get some sizeable loan signings soon because Dublin and DeVries were undoubtedly the biggest men in the first team squad.

And, in letting both veteran heavyweights depart there is little doubt that City could well be even more vulnerable to the likes of QPR's Paul Furlong in tonight's match at Loftus Road and to other tall strikers until and if reinforcements arrive.

Heerenveen play in the Dutch League Division One, and in the UEFA Cup, so might be considered a step up, but DeVries has been looking more and more surplus to City's requirements for a while.

Chris O'Grady is much more in the general mould of City's team, being young, energetic and fairly mobile and with Matt Fryatt, Iain Hume Elvis Hammond and even Ashley Chambers as youthful back-up, City's direction seems clear.

But they probably won't survive long without any players of real height and strength.

Fans have already remarked that good teams invariably have a strong spine.

Douglas has been solid enough of late but is not young, McCarthy is still learning, excellent prospect though he is, and none of our current strikers are big enough, experienced or proven enough to be called formidable.

Let's hope QPR don't become the first team to catch us short, so to speak.

The situation should certainly encourage City to play fast, open football and to play the ball forward constructively. They just need to do it well and for 90 minutes.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 31 2006

Time: 3:56PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leicester City Articles

Stats: West Ham v Leicester (Saturday December 20 2014)

West Ham v Leicester: Team Line-Ups (Saturday December 20 2014)

Pearson Gets One Match Ban (Friday December 19 2014)

Pearson Pleased With Hamer (Friday December 19 2014)

Pearson Positive Ahead Of West Ham (Friday December 19 2014)

No Gayle Deal But Torres In? (Thursday December 18 2014)

Archived Leicester City Articles

List All Vital Leicester  Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sunderland 17 3 10 4 -9 19
15. WBA 17 4 5 8 -6 17
16. Q.P.R. 17 5 2 10 -12 17
17. Crystal Palace 17 3 6 8 -8 15
18. Burnley 17 3 6 8 -14 15
19. Hull City 17 2 7 8 -9 13
20. Leicester City 17 2 4 11 -14 10

Breaking League News

Barnes Belter but Burnley Beaten at Spurs
Burnley : 22/12/2014 12:21:00
Hectic Christmas fixture list good for Everton
Everton : 22/12/2014 12:00:00
Match Day Moments - Stoke (a)
Chelsea : 22/12/2014 11:25:00
Wanted by Manchester City?
Chelsea : 22/12/2014 11:18:00
Jagielka apologises to travelling Evertonians
Everton : 22/12/2014 11:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

West Ham MotM
Suggested By:  Svens
Hamer 0%
Simpson 0%
Wasilewski 0%
Morgan 0%
Konchesky 0%
Mahrez 0%
King 0%
Cambiasso 0%
Drinkwater 100%
Schlupp 0%
Vardy 0%
Sub - Ulloa 0%
Sub - Knockaert 0%
Sub - Nugent 0%