Danny Simpson's name is etched into the most amazing moment of Leicester City Football Club history. He was a member of the fabled 2015/16 Incredibles. But what insight can the retired footballer give us on the enigmatic Maresca?:
"From what the lads at Leicester have been telling me, they’re loving their football. The players are happy and enjoying themselves, so I’m not surprised with how well they’ve played this season and where they’re going this season. I know they respect him. He’s a good man-manager from what I’ve heard – and you can knock on his door if you need to talk about something - and tactically he’s obviously on-point because he’s learnt from Pep.
It’s a challenge for them to see if they can get the most points they can this season and to keep their levels as high as they can for the whole season to get that promotion. From what I’ve seen from him, if you don’t then you won’t be playing – and that’s good."
Highly rated Leicester City youngster will probably break into Foxes first team at some point - the Will Alves lowdown
If you're a Leicester supporter - which is amazingly likely when visiting a Foxes fan website - you've probably heard of attacking midfielder Will Alves. If not, let me tell you about arguably the most promising LCFC up-and-comer since Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall made his name as a quality Premier League - and subsequently, Championship - player.
In the meantime we have had the explosive and often influential Kasey McAteer bursting onto the City scene. Hopefully McAteer can also take his prowess as well as experience one step further, as did 'KDH', and make it in the English top-flight.
Yet Alves' step up comes with as much attention and anticipation as both of the aforementioned homegrown predecessor Foxes. The faithful, especially those prevalent on LCFC social media, are especially keenly awaiting some magic from the 18-year-old in a senior Leicester shirt.
A relatively excited Maresca described the teenager as a "special" talent, in not so many words. Which is typical for the often succinct gaffer. Now back from a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury, Alves admitted it was a "brilliant feeling" to feature with his young teammates in the EPL Cup.