Brendan Rodgers defends under attack Leicester player passionately

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City looks on ahead of Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on January 01, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Criticism has again arrived at a Leicester City player’s door, this time for merely enjoying his holiday like every other player.

After a busy second third of the 2019/20 season, Brendan Rodgers afforded his Leicester city squad personal holidays during their current midwinter break. Some went abroad with family or friends. For example, Christian Fuchs appeared to be in New York City with his close ones at their home there.

James Maddison and Ben Chilwell chose to go to the famous, celebrated celebrity destination of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They met with England Under-21 team-mate, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – who’ll soon join them as a senior international, being as skilled as Maddison – and seemed to enjoy themselves.

Leicester City players on vacation

Of course players are presumably allowed a drink or two within reason, only when an upcoming game is so far away. Their training regimes are so thoroughly meticulous that attempting to get away with anything is wholly futile. They did not seem to do anything untoward, even posting their own pictures on Instagram with recording artist Stormzy.

James Maddison criticism

However, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has leaped passionately to his player James Maddison’s defence. The playmaker was criticised heavily for going to a casino last year following dismissal from an England camp due to illness.

In fact, the 23-year-old recovered from being poorly and went out – his choice, but a rather unwise one. It doesn’t make him any less “dedicated or charming”, as his boss explained in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference. Because Maddison’s maturity has been questioned again on social media, Rodgers has defended his midfielder adamantly:

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“We’re supposedly in this world where everyone ‘cares’. Rubbish – the first thing they [social media observers] do is try to stitch you up.

“This is a 23-year-old boy who is single, he’s been given a week free. We try to educate them in many ways, but this is something I’m not too bothered about.

“I can only judge him on my time here, nearly a year now, he’s been absolutely brilliant for me. And outside of the pitch, he’s been an absolute joy.

“A charming young man, really respectful. He really respects what he has here at Leicester.”

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