Fortunes rebuilt for Foxes?

Last updated : 08 August 2007 By The Seasider
First through the door was Birmingham City defender Bruno N'Gotty who was an integral part of Blues' side that gained promotion back to the top Ilight and he was joined on the same day by goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, signed from Danish outfit AaB Alborg.

This is Nielsen's second stint in England after enjoying a brief spell with Millwall in the 1994/93 season QPR youngster Ricky Sappleton was the next player through the door closely followed by striker Carl Cort, who joined the club on a free following his release by Wolves.

Just prior to Cort's arrival, skipper Paddy McCarthy was sold to Chariton for £650.000, while Andy Johnson joined Barnsley Next, on June 19, came the double signing of Charlton utility man Radostin Kishishev and Dutch winger Sergio Helling. with Allen describing the former Anderlecht winger as a player "with huge potential".

James Chambers was the seventh new man to arrive. for an undisclosed fee from Watford, and then Allen went more than a week without plunging into the transfer market before adding Reading teenager Jonathan Hayes to the Foxes squad.

Possibly the biggest coup for Leicester came next in the guise of Iran right-back Hoessein Kaebi, while Shaun Newton pledged allegiance to the City cause after being released by West Ham. Stephen Clemence became No.11 when he joined from Birmingham for £1 million and then DJ Campbell made it a round dozen after signing from the Blues for £1.2m.

Leicester City wrapped up their own pre-season campaign at the Abbey Stadium on Monday evening with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United.

Martin Allen named a side containing a mixture of youth and experience for the contest. Patrick Kisnorbo was brought in for his first start since returning from Asian Cup duties with Australia, while Darren Kenton, Stephen Hughes and Alan Maybury were also given the nod.

Allen will now spend the rest of the week putting the finishing touches to his squad ahead of their season opener against Blackpool at the Walkers Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester City: Logan, Maybury, Sheehan (Rowe-Turner 72), Hughes, Kenton (Magunda 78), Kisnorbo, King (Porter 46), Hellings, Sappleton (McKay 60), Odhiambo (Beswick 82), Fryatt. Subs not used: Pentney.