Let Us Sventertain You: The Leicester City Fans’ Guide To The Transfer Window
With the pull of Sven-Göran Eriksson and the backing of a Thai consortium Leicester City could be very busy this summer.
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Leicester City (The Sventertainers)
It’s the silly season in football – do you love it or hate it?
I love it, mate. OK it’s the methadone to the season’s cocaine, but who cares? The speculation and the signings provide a suitable buzz and every day that passes is one closer to the new season.
This summer, what are you hoping to read every time you check your club news each morning?
That Sven-Göran Eriksson hasn’t left the club. (Well, let’s face it the guy’s got previous.)
What do you inevitably end up reading instead?
Sven tries to sign former England star Owen/Beckham/Hargreaves (insert name as appropriate).
Got much cash in the kitty?
Well, yeah. The Thai consortium Asian Football Investments, which has links to the King Power duty free group, is backing Sven with their cash. He’s already spent £10m so far this summer including the club-record £5.5m capture of Reading’s Matt Mills. On top of that he’s bought Kasper Schmeichel and Paul Konchesky for over £1m each and it doesn’t look like the Swede’s ready to stop spending yet.
Hulking midfielder? Tricky winger? Big b*stard defender? What types of players would you like to sign this summer?
To be honest, we ended last season with so many players on loan from other clubs the whole squad needs an overhaul.
What types of player will you end up signing instead? An U21 Moldovan left back instead of Spanish international forward perhaps?
Despite the headlines Sven’s going for young players with Championship pedigree. He’s shrewdly mixing it up with free transfers and big money signings too.
Sven's bought Kasper Schmeichel and Paul Konchesky for over £1m each and it doesn’t look like the Swede’s ready to stop spending yet.
Who wants to leave the club and what’s your attitude towards them?
All the loan players we signed last season have gone and the rest seem to want to stay. Fair play.
Who’s been the biggest tosser of this transfer window?
Owen Hargreaves. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a great player, but he’s left the club swinging in the wind somewhat. Sven, who let’s not forget gave Hargreaves his chance for England, has said he’d be prepared to take a punt on the guy again but having made contact with Hargreaves’ agents it’s all gone quiet. Listen, Owen if you don’t want to come, fine. Just say. But don’t d*ck us about.
Will you be stronger or weaker next season?
Stronger. Last season, Sven arrived with the club in dire straights and proceeded to sign a bunch of players on loan in a bid to promotion. We failed. Like a holiday fling, it was fun for a bit but then it just fizzled out. This close season he’s signing players for the long-term.
Any other news?
Yeah, Jose Mourinho’s bringing his Real Madrid boys to the King Power Stadium in a couple of weeks. We were too busy to go to the Bernabéu…
What has been the best ever bit of business your club did in the transfer window?
Kasper Schmeichel for £1.25m looks like decent. If he turns out to be as good as his dad it could be a steal.
And the worst?
Tough one this. David Nugent’s never really fulfilled his early promise, but he’s come on a free transfer. On the flip side Matt Mills is a quality player, but £5.5m is a lot for a Championship defender. Inevitably, there will be a few raised eyebrows at the signing of Paul Konchesky after his disastrously short spell at Anfield. However he was a key member of the Fulham side that reached the Europa League final just a year ago. On the other hand he’s just had a stint at Forest. Some things are unforgivable.
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