Tuesday 23 January 2018

Pearson: Foxes need new faces

Nigel Pearson may be forced into the transfer window to shore up Leicester's ranks
Nigel Pearson may be forced into the transfer window to shore up Leicester's ranks

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson believes his side's early Capital One Cup exit exposed the deficiencies of a squad he knows is in dire need of strengthening.

Less than two weeks into their return to the Barclays Premier League, City are already out of one cup competition following a shock 1-0 defeat to SkyBet League Two Shrewsbury at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

Pearson made eight changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at the weekend, which included blooding four debutants - three of whom were rookies - but he still feels the game was there for the taking.

Instead, the Foxes lacked quality and conviction to see off manager Micky Mellon's side, underlining Pearson's concerns about his squad.

Pearson has so far brought in six new faces, including a club record signing in £8million Leonardo Ulloa, but knows he needs more.

Asked whether he would be making any further new signings before the closure of the transfer window at 11pm on Monday, Pearson said: "Possibly. I don't know.

"One of the things that is apparent from last night's game, when you look at other players having opportunities, is that we do need to strengthen. We need more depth, and we'll try and do that.

"Whether that is doable or not is dependant on a number of things, but we continue to work to get players to strengthen the squad.

"People seem to think it's only recently we've been trying to do things, but that's not the case.

"It's been a very frustrating summer for us. The targets we've been trying to bring in have not happened.

"So you could look at this final week and say 'if we've not done it since May, it's very unlikely we'll do it now'.

"I've a very balanced view on whether we'll get any deals done. If we do, good, and if we don't we'll have to deal with it I'm afraid."

Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has been heavily linked, as has James McArthur at Wigan, with reports claiming talks remain open between both clubs in the latter case after an initial £5million bid was rejected.

Pearson, however, is refusing to go into detail about his targets as he added: "I've not mentioned players by name apart from Cambiasso, and only because he was put into the public domain by somebody else.

"So I don't intend now to talk about players at no point I have mentioned.

"If other people decide to bring potential deals into the public domain, that's entirely up to them.

"But I certainly won't be discussing those sorts of details because it is totally inappropriate and totally unprofessional."

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