Leicester City striker David Nugent has hailed the impact of new signing Esteban Cambiasso in Saturday’s 1-0 win over an in-form Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Cambiasso came off the bench at half-time to help the Foxes earn their first three points of the Premier League campaign, earning rave reviews in the process, and Nugent believes the former Argentine international’s influence will prove crucial to the club over the course of the season.
‘He is a quality player,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘He can see the passes before he plays them, balls around the corner and in behind the defence. His experience is going to do our squad the world of good and that showed in the second half.
‘He is an excellent talker on the pitch. His English is very good, which I didn’t expect, and he is a quality man as well, on and off the pitch.
‘The gaffer did well signing Esteban. He’s a quality player and showed that when he came on. Him and Danny Drinkwater put the ball down and started playing football. Basically, that changed the game for us.
‘We are a young squad with not much experience of playing in the Premier League. There is only really Paul Konchesky and myself who have played a few. So Esteban coming in from Inter Milan, a Champions League winner, is a great coup for the club. He has been excellent so far.’
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Aged 34, Cambiasso might be not be the same midfield talisman who starred for Inter Milan for 10 seasons but, having won five Serie A titles, the Copa de Italia four times, and the Champions League and Club World Cup in 2010 during his time with the Italian giants, there’s no question that his can provide Leicester with some much-needed experience in their bid to avoid the drop.