Hamza Choudhury came through Leicester’s youth system
Hamza Choudhury gave Leicester their “identity back” in the 1-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg draw with Aston Villa, manager Brendan Rodgers says.
Substitute Choudhury came on to add bite to the midfield, and dispossessed Douglas Luiz in the build-up to Kelechi Iheanacho’s (th-minute equalizer.)
“He made a huge difference – my fault I did not start him,” said Rodgers, whose side were 1-0 down in the th minute to Frederic Guilbert’s opener.
“We could see that we needed him.”
Against the side sitting second in the Premier League, Guilbert gave Villa a surprise lead – and they restricted the Foxes to few clear-cut chances before Iheanacho, also a substitute, fired in from Jamie Vardy’s pass.
Rodgers added: “It was critical for us. Hamza instigates our pressing in midfield.
“We’ve had Wilfred Ndidi [who was injured in training] in there who’s colossal for us. I didn’t put that type of player in there, but when Hamza came into the game [in the 69th minute], he was brilliant for us. “
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- ********************** Phil McNulty’s match reportFormer Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison, working as a match analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live, said Choudhury should be called up to the senior England squad.
“[England manager] Gareth Sout hgate was here watching today – maybe put him into the squad, because holding midfield is the biggest problem for England at the moment, “he said.