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Leicester City play £62m worth of players in Under 21 Checkatrade match ahead of Newcastle

4 years ago

Leicester City have underlined just how big the gap has quickly grown between themselves and Newcastle United.

The two clubs may be in the same division but when it comes to backing in the transfer market and investment in the squad, they are poles apart.

Tuesday night saw a Leicester City Under 21 team take on Scunthorpe in the Checkatrade Trophy in front of just 824 fans.

Those who did turn up though, saw visitors Leicester City field six overage players as they won 2-1 and went through to the last 16 of the competition.

Altogether there was around £62m worth of senior players on show, underlining the strength of their squad. To put it into perspective, Newcastle’s entire team on Saturday at Chelsea cost around £70m.

The six playing were:

£25m Kelechi Iheanacho

£9m Leonardo Ulloa

£6m Daniel Amartey

Aleksandar Dragovic (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen who paid £16m for him in summer 2016)

£6m Yohan Benalouane

Ben Hamer (joined on a free after letting contract run down)

Kelechi Iheanacho has only made two Premier League appearances despite the Foxes paying £25m for him in the summer, whilst £16m rated Dragovic hasn’t even made it onto the pitch and has only been an unused sub.

Of the others, Amartey has played 18 minutes in the Premier League this season and Benalouane, Ulloa and Hamer haven’t got on the pitch at all.

Kelechi Iheanacho would have been a brilliant signing for Newcastle in my opinion but at £25m he was some £20m above our ‘bargain’ Joselu signing, who has started almost every match!

With striking options of Vardy, Musa, Okazaki and Slimani as well, Rafa Benitez must know he has a major task on his hands as he prepares for Saturday.


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