Ian Wright praises Leicester new-boy Wesley Fofana

Sam Preston November 11, 2020
Ian Wright praises Leicester new-boy Wesley Fofana
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Leicester chose not to spend the Harry Maguire money on a new central defender in 2019.

They qualified for Europe with Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu at the back, before landing Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne in October.

BBC pundit Ian Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast (57 mins) how impressed he was with the 19-year-old defender during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wolves.

He has also been impressed by Leicester’s overall recruitment strategy, namechecking Youri Tielemans also.

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“Fofana, Leicester – whoa,” said Wright. “Watching him the other day, in the Premier League at 19 – there was a bit where he not only went back and dispossessed somebody, but he ran with it, past a couple of players.

“Went to the halfway line, laid it off. You just think to yourself, ‘my God’. He is such a talent. Wow. What’s happening with Leicester? How are they doing that?

“They wanted Tarkowski – you could see why. Brilliant. If they do eventually, Tarkowski with Fofana next to him – it’s going to be quite formidable.”

Wright also went on to make a point about Fofana learning from the experienced Jonny Evans and that should be a great education for the teenager.

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Leicester have mastered the art of buying low and selling high – offloading one key player per year for big money to fund the next recruitment drive.

It was Ben Chilwell this year, who left for Chelsea, but it allowed Brendan Rodgers to buy the likes of Fofana.

They clearly do their research, which helps players slot in rapidly. This has been going on at the King Power since the days of Steve Walsh, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.

Wright clearly feels Fofana is the next cab off the rank, and he has started his Premier League career extremely well.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.