One to Watch: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Although the name Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall may be unfamiliar to many Premier League fans at this moment in time, it is unlikely to be long until the talented 21-year-old is being regularly spoken about on Match of the Day. The midfielder is certainly one to watch and has already made an impression in pre-season. Although he faces plenty of competition in the middle of the park, the Shepshed-born star could potentially get some top-flight minutes under his belt this year.
Leicester City take the lead! 1âƒ£-0âƒ£ to the Foxes!— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 26, 2020
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall scores within minutes of coming on!
A brilliant touch inside the box followed by a neat finish ðŸ‘? pic.twitter.com/L3TJjfboha
Dewsbury-Hall has been at the club since he was eight years old, and having signed a new contract in September 2019, the Foxes clearly have big plans for the local lad. He was crowned as the club's development squad player of the season in 2018-19 and was given 22 minutes to impress against Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round earlier this year. His brief cameo saw him become the first academy player to be given his senior debut under Brendan Rodgers, and following his side's 1-0 victory over the Bees, he took to social media to describe the experience as a "dream come true"..
Shortly after making his debut for his boyhood club, the left-footed midfielder was sent out on loan to League One Blackpool. During his spell at Bloomfield Road, he netted four times in ten appearances and instantly became a fan favourite. He was named as man of the match against Tranmere, and his all-action performances caught the eye on a number of occasions. Despite his impressive displays in the third tier, the Foxes may still opt to send Dewsbury-Hall out on loan next season, with a short spell in the Championship looking like a real possibility.
However, his pre-season goal against Birmingham may have been enough to persuade Rodgers and his coaching staff to give the former U21 captain a chance to shine in the top flight. He is a box-to-box midfielder who has previously been compared to former Foxes favourite N'Golo Kante, although his goal-scoring record makes him far more efficient in the final third than the Frenchman. He possesses a similar defensive intellect to the Chelsea midfielder, who played a major role in Leicester's unprecedented title-winning campaign.
Although the club haven't been able to match the heroics of 2015-16, they did finish fifth last season, and they are widely expected to be a mainstay in the top six over the next few years. As a result, bookmakers have been far more cautious when pricing them up pre-season, with punters unlikely to get close to the 5,000-1 odds which were available ahead of their table-topping campaign. Ante-post betting on the Premier League is extremely popular and as a result, some online sportsbooks have exponentially increased the number of season-long wagers available on their site. Whilst some, such as top-six finish, are fairly self-explanatory, others are not so straightforward, although sites such as Sports Betting Market are able to provide further clarification on some of the more complicated aspects of top-flight betting.
Leicester have several locally-born academy graduates in their squad with Hamza Choudhury, Josh Knight, George Thomas and Harvey Barnes all having featured in recent months. The latter has made a notable impression since breaking into the starting XI and notching six goals and eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances last season. Dewsbury-Hall will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Coventry-born 23-year-old. With fans understandably excited about this potential superstar, he looks set for an extremely bright future at the King Power Stadium.