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Socceroo ‘matches’ Premier League ‘mannequin’

Socceroo ‘matches’ Premier League ‘mannequin’


Leicester Metropolis supervisor Brendan Rodgers has heaped reward on new Foxes’ signing Harry Souttar, saying the Socceroos defender “matches the mannequin” required to reach the English Premier League.

Souttar this week joined Leicester from second-tier Stoke Metropolis on a five-and-a-half yr, $A26 million deal.
Nonetheless, a “hip difficulty” may forestall Souttar from making his Leicester debut early on Sunday morning (AEDT) at Villa Park in opposition to Aston Villa.

“He‘s one I must assess,” Rodgers mentioned.

“He‘ll actually be able to go for the next weekend.”

The earlier 24-year-old Souttar performs the higher for Rodgers, who is filled with admiration for the towering Scotland-born centre-back, who defied an extended spell on the sidelines with a severe knee harm to be among the many Socceroos’ heroes eventually yr’s World Cup.

“I noticed Harry as a youthful participant, the trauma of him coming via the unhealthy harm he had after which his performances for Stoke and on the World Cup,“ Rodgers mentioned.

“I additionally talked to a lot of folks I actually respect within the sport who spoke so extremely of him, and I can see why having now met him and spoken with him.

““He‘s a younger participant on the best way up who’s executed rather well within the (English) Championship … and now he’s coming in to point out us his qualities within the Premier League.”

“He offers us that stature we‘ve been on the lookout for, however as you’ve seen on the World Cup, he can play soccer as effectively.

“It‘s about starvation as effectively. He was out there and inexpensive for the place we had been at. If it wasn’t us, he’d have gone to a different good membership.

“He‘s received expertise however is on his approach up. You probably have the power and thirst to study, we’ll see nice enhancements in him. He matches the mannequin.”