Why Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is the future Leicester captain

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

When Leicester City’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was loaned out to League One Blackpool in 2020, there wouldn’t have been many observers suggesting he had a future at his hometown club, given his he was only making his senior debut in the third tier at the age of 21. Fast forward two-and-a-half years, and the perception of the Foxes academy product could not be more different as rumours of a new contract emerge.

Four goals in ten games for the Tangerines, including on his debut away at Wycombe, elevated Dewsbury-Hall to a Championship calibre player, and a very successful loan spell at Luton Town the following season. The midfielder drove the Hatters, who had battled relegation the year prior, to an unexpected mid-table finish, the club’s loftiest league position for fifteen years. He wasn’t just a bit part player either, making thirty-nine league appearances and being voted by his teammates as Player of the Season, as well as taking home three other club awards.

On his return to the King Power, it was made clear by manager Brendan Rodgers that Dewsbury-Hall would feature in his plans for the 2021/22 campaign. However, despite fleeting substitute appearances early in the campaign, Dewsbury-Hall had to wait until December to make his maiden Premier League bow from the outset, showing flashes of brilliance against Aston Villa.

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