Leaving Nottingham Forest for £1m as a 28 year old back in 2012, Wes Morgan could never have dreamed of what lay in wait for him.
Swapping one Championship club for another he joined Leicester City and now he can look back on captaining the Foxes to Premier League glory, as well as leading the club into an impressive Champions League campaign last season.
Now 33, Wes Morgan is showing no signs of taking a back seat, the central defender having played every Premier League minute of the season so far.
Newcastle fans have got high hopes for Jamaal Lascelles and it isn’t difficult to make comparisons with the two captains, Lascelles hoping to make his comeback from injury tomorrow.
An interesting fact is that when Wes Morgan left to join Leicester on 30 January 2012, one day later a certain Jamaal Lascelles made his first ever start in first team football, playing for Forest in a 2-0 defeat to Burnley.
Wes Morgan points out that Leicester have done well against Newcastle in recent times and haven’t conceded many goals, In fact Leicester have won the last four games between the clubs, scoring eight goals and conceding none.
In fact since Morgan joined the Foxes he has seen only one goal scored by the Magpies, that was the match that was delayed back in 2014 when Mike Ashley fitted the dodgy large TV screen in the corner of the Leazes, which came loose and had to be repaired before fans were allowed in.
Gabriel Obertan scored the only goal that day, one of his only two Premier League goals for Newcastle in five years.
Leicester are coming to this game confident on the back of a couple of wins whilst Newcastle have one point from the last eighteen, who can step up to the plate for NUFC this time?
Newcastle lost their last home match 3-0 to Watford and it was that same scoreline when Leicester last visited, with McClaren in the NUFC dugout.
That form has to be left well behind if Newcastle are to get something on Saturday.
Wes Morgan talking to the official Leicester City site:
“We’re going into a very busy period, December is a key month for a lot of teams. If we can pick more wins than losses, it fires you right up the table.
“We’ve picked up some momentum (beating Spurs and Burnley) going into this period and hopefully we can continue that through this month to get right into the top half of the table.”
“In general, you try and defend and you don’t want to concede at any point.
“It’s good that we seem to defend against Newcastle, especially away, because that’s when they’re at their strongest.
“Throughout the years, we’ve always done well up there.
“They’re a team that if they get a goal, that gives them confidence and they’ll try and build on that.
“We’ve seen signs of that in the earlier part of the season and that’s something we have to be aware of.
“If we can keep them quiet in the first 20 minutes, I’m sure we’ll do well.
“We’re still working hard in training and we’re still making sure we’re trying to be clinical in certain areas of the field. As soon as we get that edge to our game, I’m sure we’ll be more of a threat.”