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Should They Stay Or Should They Go? (Part 3)



The final part of this article focuses on players who have spent some - or all - of the 2010/2011 Championship season on loan at another club and whether or not they are likely to fit into Sven-Goran Eriksson`s plans next season.

Conrad Logan

Age: 25

11 appearances at Bristol Rovers this season

Verdict

Although Conrad Logan has been at Leicester City since 2004, he has spent the majority of his career away from the Walkers Stadium on loan at other clubs. The Irish goalkeeper played just seven times for Leicester this season before losing his place in the team and joining Bristol Rovers on loan in February until the end of the campaign.

Logan is unlikely to regain the number one spot with both Chris Weale and Ricardo still at the club - but they may well depart in the summer based on the fact that Ricardo was a short-term signing and Weale has not enjoyed the greatest form towards the end of the season. However, Sven could sign a high profile goalkeeper over the summer which would limit Logan`s opportunities and thus seek first team football instead.

Stay or Go?

Go. Logan is unlikely to feature in Sven`s plans next season and deserves to play regularly.

Jack Hobbs

Age: 22

13 appearances at Hull City this season

Verdict

Jack Hobbs is one of the few remaining Leicester City players from the Nigel Pearson era. After a successful season-long loan from Liverpool in 2008, Hobbs signed a four-year contract with Leicester and established himself not only as a fan favourite, but also as a fantastic developing centre-back and part of a solid defensive unit. But Eriksson`s arrival left the former England U19 international out of favour and he subsequently joined Hull City on loan.

Jack Hobbs is a talented player who will very probably spend the majority of his career in the Premier League. If Sven opts against signing Miguel Vitor, Ben Mee or Jeffrey Bruma, Leicester are left with very few centre backs following the departure of Michael Morrison last year. As an established Championship defender, Hobbs is a talent too good to go to waste. Other clubs will be interested in him over the summer, but he could be the one to steady Leicester`s defensive ship.

Stay or Go?

Stay. Hobbs is a rock at the back when at his best - as Leicester fans will tell you.

Franck Moussa

Age: 21

12 appearances and 2 goals for Doncaster Rovers this season

Verdict

Franck Moussa only signed for Leicester City in August 2010 but never really established himself as a starter since that time. After finding his playing time limited, Moussa joined Doncaster Rovers on loan in February this year - scoring twice in a dozen appearances.

This is an interesting situation because Moussa`s contract was extended this season, which indicates that Sven does see potential in the youngster. Also, Leicester are relatively thin on central midfield players, and the Belgian adds depth to that position in a 4-3-3 formation. He may struggle to break into the starting line up, but Moussa is a very useful player to have in the squad.

Stay or Go?

Stay. Doncaster may show interest over the summer but Sven should keep him at the club.

Dany N`Guessan

Age: 23

3 appearances and 1 goal for Scunthorpe United/6 appearances for Southampton this season

Verdict

Another survivor from the Nigel Pearson era, N`Guessan established himself as a firm fan favourite when he came off the bench during his first game for the Foxes to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory in a season opener against Swansea City. Throughout the remainder of that season, his performances were inconsistent; dominant at times, yet lethargic at others. He struggled to establish himself under Sven-Goran Eriksson and joined Scunthorpe on loan in November 2010 - before joining Southampton for the remainder of the season in January.

Although he has a year left on his contract, the Frenchman would find it difficult to perform to a consistently high level so as to break into the starting line up ahead of the likes of Paul Gallagher and Darius Vassell. He is a good Championship footballer, but likely to leave in the summer.

Stay or Go?

Go. N`Guessan should establish himself at another club where he has the opportunity to prove himself.

Robbie Neilson

Age: 30

15 appearances for Brentford this season

Verdict

Robbie Neilson joined the Foxes in 2009 after a thirteen year stint at Scottish club Hearts, but struggled to maintain his starting place at right back - with Nigel Pearson preferring Michael Morrison at that position. Despite scoring his first senior goal in over five years in a 4-3 cup win over Macclesfield Town, Neilson remained out of favour this season and joined Brentford in February where he played regularly.

Sven-Goran Eriksson looks set to sign a right-back over the summer - be it Kyle Naughton or somebody else. It seems that Neilson would not be able to establish himself as Sven`s first choice next season.

Stay or Go?

Go. He is not the right fit for Sven`s style of football.

Jeffrey Schlupp

Age: 18

9 appearances and 6 goals for Brentford this season

Verdict

This is a really interesting situation. Although a product of the Leicester youth academy, Schlupp has never played a senior game for the Foxes. After joining Brentford on loan in March 2011 and scoring six goals in nine games, heads at the Walkers Stadium started to turn.

Some may be building Schlupp up too quickly by saying that he could be our number one striker next season. But his loan spell proved that he is a rare mix of power, speed and great finishing. He is contracted to the club until 2013 and Sven may see something in the youngster which might allow him the opportunity to prove himself at this level. His development will be really interesting.

Stay or Go?

Stay. Amidst all the transfer talk of Premier League strikers coming to the Walkers Stadium next season, Schlupp is a breath of fresh air and certainly one to watch.

Tom Kennedy

Age: 25

6 appearances at Rochdale/14 appearances at Peterborough United this season

Verdict

You really have to feel for Tom Kennedy. He could not have joined Leicester City at any worse a time. He joined the Foxes last summer while Nigel Pearson was still in charge, but Pearson parted with the club shortly afterwards which left Kennedy`s career in limbo. He played just one game for Leicester before joining his former club Rochdale in November on loan - and then Peterborough United in January for the remainder of the season.

Peterborough are thought to have expressed interest in making Tom Kennedy a permanent signing and as Sven is likely to sign a new left-back in the summer, Kennedy looks set to leave Leicester in the transfer window.

Stay or Go?

Go. Kennedy should find regular first-team football at another club.

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Date:Monday May 23 2011

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