English Premiership

Foxes want hard workers for UCL hunt

2016-05-11 10:58
N'Golo Kante (Supplied)
Cape Town - Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh has said the newly crowned Premier League champions will focus on signing players with a strong work ethic in the close season to bolster a squad preparing to fight on two fronts.

The Foxes romped to a maiden league title with two games to spare, outperforming their rivals due largely to a willingness to outrun the opposition and Walsh said a focus on strength of character would continue to underpin their recruitment policy.

"It's about making sure the players you bring in are strong of character, and can do the tasks we ask them to do when we haven't got the ball," Walsh, one of two assistants to manager Claudio Ranieri, told the BBC.

"We have a DNA. For me, it's not just about their ability on the ball. It's what they're prepared to give to the team when we haven't got it.

"Obviously, the character of the person shines through. If you're prepared to put in a shift when we haven't got the ball, that says a lot about you in terms of your work ethic."

Walsh, who was instrumental in signing Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante from the French second tier, acknowledged that Leicester needed to strengthen with an eye on the Champions League next season, but insisted the club would not deviate from the recruitment strategy that had served it so well in the past.

"I think we're going to need more personnel," he added. "We'll go from playing one game a week this year to two games a week. That, in itself, says you need more personnel on the ground.

"But we're in the Champions League now. It's fantastic for Leicester to actually be in the Champions League.

"If you just needed to get all the best players, talent scouting would be easy, wouldn't it? You've got to look at the players maybe through different eyes and see what they can achieve. That's the skill."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Fulham v Manchester City, Craven Cottage 14:30
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth, King Power Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Watford, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town, Selhurst Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Turf Moor 17:00
West Ham United v Everton, London Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Cardiff City v Chelsea, Cardiff City Stadium 15:05
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, Anfield 17:30
Monday, 01 April 2019
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.