Leicester City youngster Schlupp made a great impact off the bench against Derby County this weekend. His goal was in vain after a 2-1 defeat but his appearance from the bench left some fans scratching their heads.
Leicester City saw their play-off hopes take an almighty hit this weekend when they were beaten by local rivals Derby County at Pride Park. With Nottingham Forest and Brighton winning it leaves The Foxes looking down rather than up after their fourth game without a win; leaving them teetering on the edge of a promotion implosion.
The game with Derby certainly was one of two halves to borrow a tired and Zimmer frame using cliché.
The first half was dominated by The Rams who consistently applied pressure on the Leicester box for 45 minutes with little in the way of letting up. That relentless pressure paid off when goals from Richard Keogh and Chris Martin saw Nigel Clough’s men go into half-time with a two-goal advantage and little room for a comeback from a hapless Leicester; something their travelling support quickly made them aware of.
The second half was much more inspiring for Leicester and it was down largely to the introduction of one player, Jeffrey Schlupp.
The German born Ghanaian international was introduced for Richie Wellens at half-time and immediately added an extra dimension to the play.
He wasn’t done just putting in a good performance either as his goal from a fierce strike would have given Derby some jitters before they quickly composed themselves to see out the game comfortably.
However the fact Schlupp came on for Wellens had added density when you consider the latter was a former Manchester United trainee and Schlupp himself has courted the attention of the Red Devils recently.
He has spent time on trial at Old Trafford even appearing for the clubs under-21’s in a 1-0 win over Liverpool.
His performance against Derby certainly caused something of a debate on Twitter as many Leicester fans continue to be bemused by manager Nigel Pearson’s unwillingness to start the 20-year-old dynamo…
Hold your head high @jeffrey_schlupp - a very positive performance and a sweetly hit goal. Gave them all sorts of problems.— Bert (@BertLcfc) March 16, 2013
Does Schlupp have the potential to play for Manchester United?
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