Hey Mr Talisman
Every club in the division possesses a talisman. Charlie Adam’s left peg is a huge influence at Blackpool, Scunthorpe will probably stay up after keeping hold of Gary Hooper in the transfer window, and who knows where Watford would be this season without the youthful zest of Tom Cleverley. Each of these players are capable of hurting teams, and their absence on any given match-day will galvanize opposition support. How, then, supporters of the 14 teams that are due to play Leicester during a match-packed next eight weeks will have contented themselves with the news that Matty Fryatt has been ruled out for two months after breaking his jaw against Doncaster in the week. Stories like this bring out the worst in football fans, but having entered a crucial point in the season supporters’ first thoughts will by-and-large revolve around how it can benefit their team rather than the player’s well-being.
Sidelined for around two months, it’s quite possible that Fryatt won’t feature for the rest of the season. The Nuneaton-born forward hasn’t exactly been prolific of late, but his work-rate and natural instinct in front of goal will no doubt be missed as the Foxes try to cling on to the edge of the top 6. His sometimes partners have included Martyn Waghorn, Paul Gallagher, Steve Howard and Yann Kermorgant. These four now have a chance to step up and fill Fryatt’s boots and Gallagher in particular, so influential in a long loan spell at Plymouth last season, will hope to finally break through at the Crisp Bowl after a slow start.