Leicester City winning the race to sign this 20-year-old defensive gem would be a massive statement of intent

Why Leicester City should try and win the race for Cameron John

According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City are monitoring 20-year-old centre-back Cameron John, who is currently on loan at League One outfit Doncaster Rovers from Wolves

The Foxes, though, aren’t alone in the race to sign the young defender, with the Daily Mail claiming that Brendan Rodgers’ side are expected to face stiff competition from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace, as well as Championship side Middlesbrough, in their pursuit of the starlet. 

Having narrowly missed out on promotion last time around, Doncaster have made a promising start to their campaign this term under the stewardship of ex-West Brom manager Darren Moore. 

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Rovers currently sit 7th in the standings after 4 wins and 3 draws in their first 8 League One fixtures and Cameron John has certainly been amongst those to have caught the eye with his rich vein of form early in the season. 

The left-footed centre-back has made 8 appearances in all competitions for Doncaster thus far, scoring twice in the process, including an all-important strike in a 3-2 victory over Fleetwood Town in the league last month. 

The 20-year-old has racked up some impressive numbers at the Keepmoat Stadium, averaging 2.5 long balls, 3.8 aerial duels, 4 clearances, 1.5 tackles and 1 interception per game in League One and his consistent displays have apparently caught the eye of a few clubs higher up the footballing pyramid. 

John has featured for Wolves at the U-18 and U-23 levels since his move to Molineux from Southend United back in 2015 but he is yet to make his senior professional bow for his parent club, despite Nuno Santo naming him in a few matchday squads in the previous campaign.

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However, an impressive start to his loan spell at Doncaster has put a few clubs on red alert and, with his contract at Molineux set to expire next summer, John might as well fancy his chances of enjoying a breakthrough somewhere else in the top-flight. Wolves, though, have the option of extending his stay by a further twelve months. 

To put things into perspective, Cameron John is yet to play a game in the Premier League but he looks like a talented defender with a lot of potential and Leicester City have every reason to look at him as one for the future. 

The Foxes successfully beat off competition from a number of clubs to snap up highly-rated full-back James Justin from Luton Town earlier in the summer and John could be the next exciting prospect to come through the door at the King Power Stadium next summer. 

In all probability, Leicester are looking at him as one for the future, with Caglar Soyuncu, Filip Benkovic, Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan competing for two places at the heart of the defence under Brendan Rodgers following the departure of Harry Maguire to Man United in the summer transfer window. 

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Morgan and Evans are very much at the twilight of their careers, while Soyuncu and Benkovic are still quite young and inexperienced, meaning that John might have a clear pathway to the senior ranks should he manage to impress Rodgers with his development. 

All in all, Leicester boast of some top-quality young players in their ranks and a move to bring in Cameron John could add yet another feather to their cap, as the Foxes look to establish themselves as a top-six force in the Premier League with their young brigade.

Written by Sayan Chatterjee

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