English Championship clubs have reportedly shown interest in South African youth international Khanya Leshabela, who plies his trade for Leicester City in the English Premier League.

Leshabela has been in and around the Leicester’s first team squad for at least the past three seasons now, with many expecting the previous Premier League campaign to be his breakthrough season.

Leshabela was expected to breakthrough to the Leicester side

It started in promising fashion for Leshabela who found himself heavily involved in Leicester’s pre-season plans, and even found himself featuring in an unfamiliar left back role, which prompted questions and optimism that he could prove a surprise alternative for an outgoing Ben Chilwell at that time.

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That proved not to be the case, however, as Leicester did eventually end up reinforcing that position with a player more natural to the full back areas, which in turn saw Leshabela pushed back down to the club’s u23’s where he has proven to be a stalwart over the years.

Leshabela eventually made his first team debut

Having been a regular fixture in Leicester’s matchday squads for the UEFA Europa League, Leshabela’s first team debut finally came when he was introduced as a second half substitute in a 5-0 thumping of relegated Sheffield United at the King Power Stadium on the 5th of March.  That appearance would eventually proved to be his last for the senior side that campaign as he again, found himself dropped down a level.

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That first team experience would’ve certainly left Leshabela thirsting for more of the same, however, with Leicester continuing to beef up their midfield, his chances of that happening there, are starting to get slimmer than they already proved to be last season. He is 21 years old now, an age that can be considered “make or break” for a player looking to break into senior football at a top level in Europe, so Leshabela would be the first to realize how crucial the following season will be to his development and overall career.

A move is on the cards

Now according to the Lancs Live, Leicester may have warmed up to the idea of allowing Leshebela leave the club at least on a temporary basis. This would be a move geared to assisting to further develop the young midfielder’s ability at first team level more regularly, and former Premier League side Blackburn Rovers are touted as one of the clubs that are interested in his services from the English Football League.

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Leshabela remains a highly thought off and spoken off player at Leicester, and it remains to be seen what decision the club will make about his future. He would’ve also had an opportunity to showcase his talents to the world had injury not ruled him out of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Presh JM Reporter

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