Authority and humility - Leicester boss praises summer signing

Nigel Pearson has rushed to heap praise on Leicester City new boy Esteban Cambiasso.

34-year-old Cambiasso completed a move to the King Power Stadium this summer, joining for free following the expiration of his contract with Serie A side Internazionale.

It was with Inter that the Argentine midfielder won the majority of his 23 official titles, culminating with victory in the 2010 Champions League Final, and although such honours are currently off the table with Leicester, his experience and quality still makes him a key player for Nigel Pearson.

Having been left on the bench for his first game as a Fox, he started on the bench against Stoke, but it was his inclusion at half-time that led Leicester to victory.

Despite being overrun by Stoke for the majority of the game, after Cambiasso’s inclusion, the Foxes started to keep hold of the ball, and managed to wrestle back enough possession to net the only goal of the game. Whilst they once again fell back and chose to defend of the majority of the game, the 52-capped Argentine was a calming presence in midfield, managing his young teammates to their first Premier League victory of the season.

Following the game, boss Nigel Pearson told the Leicester Mercury how impressed he has been with his recent signing, claiming that he is already playing as part of the team, rather than as an individual.

The manager said: "He is certainly well respected by the players and staff.

"He has authority but, on top of that, a humility which is very refreshing these days.

"I am very confident he will have a positive effect on the players we have. We have some very talented players.

"We feel he will bring something positive to our club and he has already proved that. His game management was exceptionally good, and we needed that because it is not just about those two individuals. Any player who plays for us is part of a team. That is a strength we have had for a while.

"But the players understand that for us to be successful, it is about how we can perform collectively to allow individuals to shine. We weren't at our best (at Stoke) but we managed to secure our first win. That shows you how difficult it is at this level.”

Having not trained much over the summer, completing his move to Leicester late in the transfer window, Pearson had confirmed that he would slowly introduce Cambiasso to the rigours of the Premier League. However, following his performance on Saturday, the boss must surely be thinking it his time for his first start, with a resurgent Manchester United heading for the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

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