Leicester star Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall tipped for a bright future as Brendan Rodgers prepares to promote from the inside for 2020/21 season
- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could soon be included in the Leicester first team
- The youngster is impressed after his loan spell at Blackpool
- Brendan Rodgers will hand out a large number of chances in preparation
- Leicester’s recruitment is expected to be reduced due to the effects of the pandemic
Leicester youngster Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is poised to make an impact on the first team during the preseason, according to the club’s former loan manager Dean Hammond.
The 21-year-old midfielder came into action only once for the first half, in the FA Cup victory in Brentford in January, but made an impression when he was loaned out in Blackpool before closing. Leicester would bring back a number of players from Saturday to prepare for training.
Hammond played for three years as a Leicester player from 2013-16, before taking charge of the club’s loaned players until early 2019, when he left the club for family reasons.
Leicester has high hopes for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (left) for the coming season
He said, ‘I really like Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. He is left-footed and technically good, but I especially like his mentality.
He was willing to go to Blackpool, where he was a long way from home, and he did very well there before League One was suspended.
“ If he can get in at the start of the preseason and get it right, he’ll have a chance to get into the manager’s mind for the season. ”
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers showed his willingness to give homegrown players a chance when he called 19-year-old Luke Thomas to the first team for the last three games of the 2019/20 season, with regular left back Ben Chilwell injured.
Along with Dewsbury-Hall, Hammond also believes that Josh Knight, a defender who has recently been loaned out at Peterborough, can shine if given the chance.
The youngster earned high praise for his loan spell in Blackpool and his dedication
Hammond followed the progress of Harvey Barnes, who had successful loan spells at MK Dons, Barnsley and West Brom before becoming a key member of Leicester’s first team.
He added: ‘The loan system will become so important because of the pandemic. Clubs will have to try to get players through their youth system as we all assume budgets will be cut and the money will not be available for new purchases.
‘That’s great for young players who come through, because it means they get opportunities. They might jump up a few stages because there aren’t that many players to compete with.
‘If these players are already on loan or can be loaned out, that’s really good for their career. They are introduced to first team football and the environment of the first team.
‘You can learn your trade before you start playing at your parent club. Harvey is the perfect example of this. ‘
Hammond enjoyed his role at Leicester and would like to return to the professional game in the same way. He is currently working on his own fitness platform and also does one-on-one coaching with young players.
Along with Barnes, Hammond also worked closely with Hamza Choudhury, another academy product that has progressed into the first-team group.
“The loan manager is one for ex-players,” he said. You need someone who is on loan yourself and can relate to players in the same position.
Manager Brendan Rodgers will give a large number of young people their chance in the preseason
‘Your job is to find the right club for a particular player. It could be because they play a certain way, or because they have a manager who can work well with the player, or a good dressing room.
You don’t want to send them to a club with bad eggs, or an aggressive manager if a player is a reclusive character. This is where the role of loan manager will expand – you will need a few more people to help him and to view and analyze potential destinations.
The pandemic will make the department grow at every club. They will have to produce more of their own players and those players will be loaned out.
‘I’d love to get back in the loan manager role because I really enjoyed it at Leicester and I think it can be very beneficial for clubs. I love helping people and I love seeing them improve. ‘