Pearson beginning to win over fickle Foxes fans
FOXES fans were calling for manager Nigel Pearson's head on a plate just a few short weeks ago, but are now lauding him as the man to take them back to the Premier League.
Ridiculous as it sounds, Pearson was under pressure following back-to-back defeats at Charlton and Blackburn in August, and an unscheduled Capital One Cup exit at the hands of League Two minnows Burton Albion hardly helped matters.
But those early-season travails have quickly been forgotten in the wake of a four-match winning sequence that has propelled Leicester into second place. Pearson's men beat Burnley and Hull at the King Power Stadium, where the Foxes boast a 100 per cent record in the Championship this season, then claimed their first away win at Middlesbrough and followed that with a notable 2-0 success at Huddersfield Town in midweek.
Anthony Knockaert's double ensured Leicester won four on the trot for the first time since February 2011. Pearson made three changes at the John Smith's Stadium, promoting highly-rated teenager Liam Moore to the starting line-up in place of injured Manchester United trainee right-back Ritchie De Laet, and calling up Andy King and Lloyd Dyer to play in midfield and dropping Matty James and Ben Marshall to the bench.
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De Laet is expected to be available for selection to face City and could return on the right side of the back four. Otherwise, Pearson is expected to name an unchanged side.
Unlike previous managers who splashed the cash yet struggled to put points on the board, Pearson is proving an astute judge in the transfer market.