SA youngster set for Leicester return

SA Players Abroad

Highly-rated South African midfielder Khanya Leshabela is set to return to Premier League side Leicester City this month.

Leshabela, who made his Premier League debut for the Foxes last season, was loaned to League One side Shrewsbury Town at the start of the current campaign in order to gain further match experience.

However, things have not gone entirely to plan for the 22-year-old who made just three substitutes' appearances in the league for the third division outfit, and only seven appearances in total across all competition.

His struggles to break into the first team now appear to have come to a head after Steve Cotterill revealed that he and fellow loanee, Sam Cosgrove, were likely to have their deals terminated this month.

"I suppose on technicalities they're still here," Cotterill said, per the Shropshire Star. "Sam is still here, Lesh is probably going to be returning to Leicester in a short period, that'll probably happen, we need to see what happens in the window with Sam."

Shrewsbury have already signed replacements for the aforementioned duo, with Saikou Janneh and Tyrese Fornah joining the club on loan from Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, respectively.

Leshabela has been on Leicester's books since 2013 and signed a professional contract in 2019, before making his senior debut during a comprehensive 5-0 Premier League win over Sheffield United in March last year.

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