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Scouting report: Leicester star Andy King

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King is a key player for the Foxes (©GettyImages)
King is a key player for the Foxes (©GettyImages).

After missing out on promotion with Leicester, clubs around England showed interest in Andy King. But his parent club are showing no intention of letting him go.

Andy King is a Welsh midfielder who plays for Leicester City. He joined Chelsea when he was nine-years-old, but was released when he was 15. He joined Leicester City youth academy in 2004.

He made his debut in a 0-0 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2007, before scoring his first goal at the Walkers Stadium in a 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

He made 11 league appearances as Leicester were relegated to League One.

King, who has represented his country 17 times, signed a new deal in August 2008, keeping him at the club until 2011. 

In the 2008-09 season, he helped Leicester win League One, scoring nine goals along the way. His performances earned him the young player of the year award.

The following season, he won the players' player of the year, sharing the accolade with centre-back Jack Hobbs. 

King reached the play-offs with Leicester, but lost on penalties to Cardiff City.

In the 2010-11 season, King was Leicester's top-goalscorer, scoring 16 goals in all competitions. 

His high goalscoring record earned him a new contract until 2015. King, along with team-mate Kyle Naughton, were named in the PFA Championship team of the season.

Last season, King developed a partnership with both Danny Drinkwater and Matty James in the heart of the Foxes midfield. He went on to play 48 times for Leicester, scoring seven goals, as they reached another play-off under Nigel Pearson, only to lose to a last minute Troy Deeney strike.

In June 2013, Leicester City rejected an approach from Nottingham Forest for the Welsh midfielder.

Blackburn Rovers were also rumoured to be interest in the Wales international, but Pearson has stated that he isn't for sale.

King has been known for his side-foot goals and his positioning. He also provides vision and accuracy to the Leicester squad.

There is no doubt that, if not with Leicester, that King will be playing in the Premier League in the coming seasons.

 

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