These are key attributes that Kasey McAteer possess, these are attributes that win games of football. Does it look as aesthetically pleasing as Abdul Fatawu turning his man inside out, cutting inside and riffling the ball off the crossbar? No, of course not. But their effectiveness and contribution to winning isn’t comparable. McAteer was City’s top goal scorer before his unfortunate hamstring injury, this was not by coincidence. His intelligent attacking movement was the cornerstone for this exceptional start to the season. At times he looked like he played more like an inside forward and these types of runs also gave Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall an ever present final pass or outlet. If Leicester would like to return to a free flowing attacking outfit McAteer is the vital cog in that machine.
Since Ndidi and Akgun have been out injured, Cesar Casadei has been given the reigns and responsibility as the right-sided-eight. This necessary experiment has been an abject failure. What Casadei does give you somewhat defensively – mainly in the form of winning aeriel duels – you lose disproportionately in the oppositions’ final third. The forward-thinking and technical assurance is needed to solve this issue. The main purpose of inserting Akgun into the that position. It is also very important to have someone who can interchange with the right winger seamlessly, in order to create overloads in those wide areas.