Things to know about new Leicester City signing Bobby De Cordova-Reid

Leicester City have announced the signing of experienced versatile player Bobby De Cordova-Reid on a free transfer. Here is what you should know about the player as he looks to help the Foxes remain in the Premier League.
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The King Power side signed the Jamaican winger/midfielder to provide experience where Marc Albrighton departed. The player was offered a 3-year-deal at the Foxes where I suspect he shall not be playing all that much. That being said, a lot depends on what players stay, who goes, and whether any academy graduates are promoted to support the squad.

What to know about De Cordova-Reid

The Jamaican forward has played for Fulham in the Premier League and Championship, having plenty of experience in English football as well as at different levels. Steve Cooper will no doubt have observed this experience and wanted it for himself, since his current options and any that might be signed otherwise are likely young or simply inexperienced in English football.

On a basic level, De Cordova-Reid featured in most matches during the 23/34 season, although only starting in 17 of them. Within those, he scored six times and assisted twice. These are not Earth shattering numbers, but nor do they need to be. Abdul Fatawu and Kasey McAteer are hopefully the primary options on the wings, and in attacking midfield the Foxes are hoping to sign a new AM. So, what Leicester City need from him is consistency when required.

Going into the later years of his career, I do not think Cooper will be throwing him out there as the starter. It would be lunacy to limit the attacking and creative strength of the side while trying to remain in the Premier League. However, bringing the player in does have the knock on effect of being an exceptional talent in the Championship should any points deduction cause major problems for the East Midlands team.

Stylistically, De Cordova-Reid likes to link up with fellow teammates rather than trying to rush past defenders. So, you could see the player similar to Albrighton on that front: starting deeper, working with midfielders and allowing an on-rushing fullback to progress ahead of him. This is also seen in his defensive contributions, helping to press from the front or recover the ball when required. That being said, the successfulness of his defensive contributions is inconsistent, though at least disruptive.

Although not a starter, Bobby De Cordova-Reid will offer Steve Cooper and Leicester City a consistent attacking player with a completely different style of play to their existing wing-based attacking talent. That will be necessary when survival will be the goal of the King Power side.