Hughes to look after kids

BY foxsports • January 21, 2013

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has confirmed that young City striker Jeff Schlupp has been training with Manchester United.

Schlupp, 20, spent last week with the Premier League leaders and is set to remain with Sir Alex Ferguson's side for a few more days.

The move is the latest in a burgeoning relationship between the npower Championship club and United, which has seen Ritchie De Laet and Danny Drinkwater sign for City after leaving Old Trafford and Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard arrive on loan from the 12-time Premier League champions.

"He is training with them at the moment," Pearson told the Leicester Mercury.

"I have allowed him to go there for a week. It is a great opportunity for him. We have a good relationship with United and I am not going to stand in his way to go there for a week's training.

"If anything comes of it, we will wait and see. They have had a good look at him."

Schlupp, who came through the youth ranks at Leicester, has made five starts this season but the majority of them have been at left-back as cover for Paul Konchesky.

The Germany-born Ghana international is highly-rated as a striker by the midlands club and made an impact at Brentford during a loan spell in 2011, scoring six times in 10 appearances.

Defenders Darren Holden and Jack Baldwin, defender/midfielder Jordan Richards, all 19, and striker Luke James, 18, are all into double figures for first-team appearances this season, but Hughes is anxious not to put them under too much pressure at this stage of their development, especially in a side fighting for League One survival.

Hughes said: "Luke James, Jack Baldwin and Jordan Richards have all been doing well and are in the first-team squad on merit.

"Jordan recently at right-back has shown tremendous form. He's got a great energy and enthusiasm about him and this rubs off on the others, so we've had to give him his head and Neil Austin understands that.

"Neil is a great professional, he keeps his head right and has a big role to play in this squad due to his experience.

"With the younger players it's a case of nursing them along. We're not going to ask Luke James to be the focal point of our attack at this stage of his career, that would be too much too soon.

"Throwing young players in too early can ruin them and I've seen it happen. Their time will come. But they keep showing us their ability every day in training."


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