Potter discusses talented Leicester
The Foxes have been boosted over new year with the news that Jonny Evans has penned a new two-and-a-half year contract at the King Power, with the 33-year-old still a key piece to Rodgers’ side and helping to bring on the outstanding talent Wesley Fofana. While Callum Wilson’s return for Newcastle last time out should see him approaching full fitness and a degree of sharpness to ensure the hosts today will be more dangerous going forward, particularly in transitions should Leicester overcommit. Follow live score and goal updates from St James’ Park with analysis and reaction as we build up to Chelsea vs Man City in the later kick-off.
Newcastle make two changes to the starting XI that held Liverpool to a goalless draw, bringing in Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron.
Leicester, meanwhile, rotate heavily after resting players against Crystal Palace last time out. There are seven changes to Brendan Rodgers’ side, including the returns of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.
Callum Rice-Coates3 January 2021 13:23
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Things are a little less glum at Newcastle after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Liverpool last week. Steve Bruce’s side were more ambitious and not overly cautious (which has been a regular criticism this season) against the Premier League champions. With some breathing space in midtable, Newcastle fans will now be expecting their team to push on, to play more expansively and put a difficult year behind them.
For Leicester, the aim today will be to move into third and close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester United. The Foxes have been more consistent away from home, so they’ll be confident of another positive result this afternoon.
Callum Rice-Coates3 January 2021 13:12
EVANS SIGNS NEW LEICESTER CONTRACT
Jonny Evans has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract at Leicester to run until 2023.
The 33-year-old told BBC Sport after signing the deal:”It is a club that I didn’t want to leave. I’ve enjoyed my time and I’m delighted to extend the deal.
“From the moment, I came into the club, I could see that they set really high standards,” added Evans.
“There’s the investment that they have put into the club in terms of the training ground and there are plans in the future to redevelop the stadium as well.
“There’s also always investment going into the playing squad which is huge and we’ve got a great manager in charge at the moment.
“Anyone who plays under Brendan would say that. He likes his players to express themselves. He gives them lots of confidence and I feel like I’ve benefited from that style of football.”
Jack Rathborn3 January 2021 12:40