Walshy on...Harry Maguire

July 9, 2018

 

Well there's a new Leicester City legend on the block and his name is Jacob Harry Maguire or Slab head to his friends.

 

I have to be honest when Harry Maguire smashed home that header against Sweden in the World Cup Quarter Final it reminded me of a younger Steve Walsh. The way he attacked the ball, his determination to beat his marker, reminded me so much of the goals I used to score for Leicester City back in the day. Like Wembley 1994 for me, Samara 2018 will be with Harry forever and I think there is plenty more to come from the lad.

 

He's been absolutely phenomenal all World Cup and Man of the Match in three of the five games for me. Until Saturday I thought he'd been the "unsung hero" of that England side and now the papers are talking about a move to a 'big club'. Harry is already at the club for him in my opinion and he can take all his World Cup experience into the new Premier League campaign with Leicester City and drive them back into European competition.

 

His so called "rapid-rise to being one of the great Premier League defenders" as I read this morning is something City, Hull and Sheffield United fans before them have known for a long time and the fact the media have just cottoned on to this, says more about them than Harry. Last season he was one if not Leicester's best players, the way he brought the ball out from defence was great to see. He was always a threat from set pieces and his goal against Man United at Christmas typified the determination to win the ball, shown again on Saturday afternoon in the Samara Arena.

 

But it's how naturally he has slotted into Gareth Southgate's team that has impressed me the most, he is so comfortable on the ball, the way he joins up defence and midfield is outstanding and he is so mature for a 25 year old lad.

 

As a parent and coach, I urge young defenders to study how Maguire plays, his strength, fearlessness and, composure on the ball is everything a defender needsthese days . Again, that goal on Saturday came from the way he attacked the ball, the eagerness to beat his man and the ability to get on the end of a fantastic delivery.

 

There's more to come from this lad too, Croatia will fear him, Harry Kane and John Stones from set-pieces on Wednesday but the likes of Leicester old boy Andrej Kramarić won't fancy taking him on in defence either, he's proving to be that assured in his own ability.

 

At the beginning of this campaign, I wasn't expecting to be saying the man going into the Leicester City history books as the first City player to score for England in a World Cup would be Harry Maguire but the lad truly deserves it. He has a very bright future ahead of him for England and hopefully at Leicester. I am sure the hierarchy at the club will be hard at work making sure his future at the club is secured. 

 

I really hope in years to come he gets the recognition and adulation I am honoured to receive by the City faithful and most of all I hope he comes home a World Cup winner!.

 

 

 

 

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