Ticket, Pie and Pint for just £20

This is the great offer at the Walkers Stadium as the Foxes welcome Bristol City for this weeks Friday night fixture.

In tight financial times getting punters through the turnstiles can be quite a task but Alan Birchenall, Leicester City Club Ambassador, is aiming to get more fans in the weekend mood. He told the club’s official website: “It is a great chance for supporters to come out and get behind the lads for a really affordable evening’s entertainment. It isn’t often you can get food, drink and a night at the football for twenty quid!” Those too young to enjoy a drink are also being encouraged to show their support for the Foxes. If you’re under 18, entry is a fiver and for those under 12 it’s only a pound.

Money is a key point on the pitch too. Since becoming manager four months ago Eriksson has been working hard to eke the most out of the money available to him to strengthen the squad. There are a few loan players are on Leicester’s books, Ben Mee from Manchester City has been outstanding in recent weeks while Yakubu and Kyle Naughton have also impressed. These players may not add much in terms of realising their potential market value to the club in cash, but they are still members of the squad that is pushing for promotion.

Market value is quite objective. Leicester’s squad is reportedly worth £35 million, so as an individual how much is Andy King worth? On the Foxes Talk forum members can’t agree between themselves as to his value. Currently to Leicester City he’s worth a considerable amount due the goals he keeps banging in, but an exact figure is hard to arrive at.

How much is Andy Carroll worth and what influenced his purchased price? Liverpool had sold Torres for £50 million and Newcastle knew they had the cash to spend, they also knew Liverpool needed to buy another striker. With £35 million on the table Newcastle took it, but Liverpool were the only buyer in the market. How much more may Carroll had gone for if Manchester City showed an interest? If they had placed another £5 million on the table and improved upon Liverpool’s salary offer, Carroll may now be getting fit in Manchester and not Merseyside. Something which muddies market value waters further.

Eriksson’s first task though is to get the club up. Should he make the play-offs, yet ultimately fail, it would still be a great season considering the club was rooted to the bottom of the Championship in October.

The backroom staff has also been improved at the Walkers with former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann becoming First Team Coach, replacing Chris Powell who left for the Charlton Athletic hot seat. Having played under Eriksson at Eastlands the former German international was already known to the Swede, who told the club website: “I believe that Didi has the potential to be an excellent coach and I am sure our players will soon see the benefit of having him on the training pitch. He is a top class professional and I am looking forward to working with him again.”

At the moment Eriksson and Asia Football Investments are going in the right direction, up the table and looking towards to the future.

Andy Carroll’s future is to watch his new team mates play against Sparta Prague. At Wednesday’s press conference Dalglish said: “He won’t be considered for the game but will travel just to get in and amongst the lads. It’ll help him to feel a part of it.” Carroll started light training this week, which prompted press stories suggesting he could make his debut in the showdown with Manchester United on March 6th. With no timelines coming out of Anfield the newspapers may have been looking at the fixture list for a sensational debut date.

Many of the youngsters in action during the week also travelled to Prague, including five goal hero Raheem Sterling. Despite being only 16 he has travelled with the Reds as he is on school holidays. I never had school holidays that exciting!


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