Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's poignant farewell to Leicester City fans

Leicester City's latest academy star to leave the Foxes has shared an emotional farewell after the announcement of his departure to Chelsea. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is an upsetting exit, but here is what the player said upon the announcement.
Leicester City v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship
Leicester City v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship / Cameron Smith/GettyImages

The King Power has been a proving ground for some brilliant Premier League talent over the years. We have seen Hamza Choudhury, Luke Thomas, Harvey Barnes, and of course Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. We knew he would be special: a local lad, passionate, and plenty to prove; KDH proved to live up to the hype.

However, his departue does sting. A player many of us probably wanted as club captain in the near future, a player who's talent and passion could easily translate to emphatic performances from multiple players on the pitch, a player who was truly special. But hey, with PSR difficulties in mind, transfers being linked, the Foxes did require funds before the 30th June deadline to avoid further PSR troubles.

What Leicester City's latest star has said

"What a journey it’s been. 17 years of my life devoted to this club and it’s been a pleasure. I’ve loved every minute of my time at this football club and created some memories & friendships I’ll never forget"

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

The English midfielder's comments denote a huge level of respect for Leicester City. We are his boyhood club, the club that trained him, the club that gave him his breakout season, the club that trusted him as a starter, this lad is Leicester through and through. Nevertheless, the move is beneficial for those who's memories he is an integral part of, if painful.

"I felt personally responsible for my part played in that. I made it my goal to ensure we got back to the Premier League... I’m very proud of what we achieved together... going some way to righting the wrongs of that relegation season"

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

Unlike some players, who left at the first sight of relegation even if we know they are all worth so much more than the Championship, KDH stayed. KDH made sure LCFC got their necessary return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. To have achieved that, with all the upheaval and changes under Enzo Maresca, is truly impressive.

In doing so, the academy graduate also succeeded in two other respects: increasing his transfer value, and securing Leicester's current financial status. It is depressing that - at the end of it all - it partly comes down to money. Realistically, without EPL football, the Foxes would lose a lot more, and without his transfer value inflating due to great performances and Premier League status, our PSR woes would have forced many more fire sales than losing just one. As before, painful, but critical.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall leaves the King Power club back in the Premier League. We are in a better position than we were, with more exciting talent coming through the academy ranks (Ben Nelson, Sammy Braybrooke, and Will Alves to name a few), and the possibility of keeping key players such as Abdul Fatawu and Jamie Vardy. Leicester City is grateful to KDH for everything he has achieved, and is probably the only player in recent years that will definitely not be getting booed when his name is announced for Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.