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.



  • Leazes Ender

    We got Joselu and the Chronicle said there was a Rafalution.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂

      • Peaky Magpie

        I’ll second that 😂😂😂

    • Leicester Mag

      More like an ablution

  • HarryHype59

    Leazes, informed us that there was £80m difference back in the summer, between the values of the squad at this club and that of Leicester!

    It is probably more after Ashley’s penny pinching in the last window!

    • Leazes Ender

      Ah you remembered… yes that’s the gap we had to make up to be average before Leicester spent a single penny.

  • S.G.M.

    So they (62m worth) beat Scunthorpe 2-1, hardly anything to shout about.

  • Antenociticus

    That woould be the same Leicester City whose owners invested in the team and won the Premier League. Following which they made it to the quarter finals of the Champions League.Both of which allowed them to further invest in their team
    Remarkable how investing in the team can take you so far. . .

  • Andy Mac

    Not only did Leicester field six over age players the average age of them was nearly 29. What’s the point of playing half a side of first teamers in an alleged Academy team ?