It has been a hectic transfer window for young Foxes midfielder Conor Tee, who now finds himself back in Leicester and pushing for a place in the Under-23s’ starting XI.
Tee has returned from Bulgaria after his loan move to second division side OFC Pirin Blagoevgrad fell through due to paperwork issues.
Game time has been hard to come by for the 19-year-old Irishman this season, despite his impressive performances for the Under-18s in the previous campaign.
With Dewsbury-Hall’s loan move to Blackpool being confirmed earlier today, a gap has opened up in midfield and there has been no better time for Tee to prove that he deserves to play for the Development Squad.
George Thomas also left the club on loan this month, meaning that Steve Beaglehole now has the perfect opportunity to form a new midfield trio of Tee, Khanya Leshabela and Callum Wright.
Tee’s desire to travel to Bulgaria at short notice proves that he is hungry to play football and deserves that opportunity tonight as the young Foxes host Dinamo Zagreb II at Holmes Park.
We could see more young players depart on loan before the transfer window closes on Friday, with further gaps opening up in the Under-23s.
Earlier today, Brendan Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference: “We have a number of young players that need to go out on loan. He’s 21 years old so he needs league football, first team football.”
Mitch Clark, Darnell Johnson, Admiral Muskwe and George Hirst may well be among the ‘number of young players’ to whom Rodgers is referring.
Clark made 40 appearances for League Two side Port Vale last season and has not benefited from any senior football this term, while Johnson has also stayed in the Under-23s following his loan to Hibernian last season.
If those players were to make temporary moves now, it would open up the pathway for players such as Vontae Daley-Campbell, Darragh O’Connor and Justen Kranthove.
Three more talented players, all signed by Leicester City recently – with Daley-Campbell and O’Connor arriving just last summer – who deserve the opportunity to step up and earn a regular place in Steve Beaglehole’s side.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Hirst and Muskwe have impressed on several occasions this season and have scored 13 league goals between them this season.
Hirst has already experienced senior football with OH Leuven, while a move would be Muskwe’s first taste of the men’s game.
Under-18s striker Dempsey Arlott-John has been in good form this season and would be a candidate to start up front for the Under-23s if Hirst and Muskwe were to seek senior football.
If Brendan Rodgers gets his way this week and several players depart on loan, it could be a fantastic opportunity for a number of players to step up for the Development Squad in the second half of the season.