Ulloa – the bargain of the summer ?

Ulloa has scored 3 Premier League goals in 4 games, and has helped Leicester haul in 5 points from an incredibly tough start. Some teams have spent £20-30m on a summer striker, and yet Nigel Pearson seems to have bought a gem for £8m.

We think Ulloa could be the Bargain of the Summer, not just for Leicester City, but for any team in the premier league. We want to hear YOUR thoughts on him, and the fantastic start he has made.

Here is his official Wiki background notes :

Early years / Castellón
Born in General Roca, Río Negro, Ulloa started his career in 2002, playing with Argentine second division side Comisión de Actividades Infantiles Comodoro Rivadavia. In 2005 he moved to the top level, signing for San Lorenzo de Almagro where he was part of the squad that won the Clausura 2007.

Shortly after, Ulloa joined Arsenal de Sarandí. In the summer of 2008, after a brief stint with Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, he moved to Spain to play for second division’s CD Castellón, being reunited with former C.A.I. teammate – and countryman – José Carlos Tabares. He scored 16 goals in his debut season, his team’s best and sixth in the league.

Almería
Ulloa posted similar numbers in 2009–10, but Castellón was relegated after ranking 22nd and last. In late June 2010 he moved to another club in the country, UD Almería, sigining a five-year contract with the La Liga outfit.[1]

On 13 September, in only his second official game for the Andalusians, Ulloa scored in the last minute for a 2–2 home draw against Real Sociedad, after an individual effort. The following month, against the same opponent in the Spanish Cup’s round-of-32 first leg, he netted twice in the last 20 minutes to help his team come back from 0–2 to win it 3–2, in the Basque Country.

On 22 December 2010, again in the domestic cup, Ulloa scored three goals and assisted on another, as Almería downed RCD Mallorca 4–3 in the first leg,[2] winning 8–6 on aggregate. On 16 January 2011 he took his league tally to five, netting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid, after finishing a move from countryman Pablo Piatti.[3]

Ulloa was crowned the 2011–12 season’s top scorer,[4] but Almería failed to regain its top level status after ranking seventh.

Brighton & Hove Albion
On 16 January 2013 he transferred to Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £2m.[5][6] He scored on his début for his new club ten days later, in a 3–2 home loss against Arsenal in the FA Cup.[7]

On 2 March 2013, Ulloa became the first ever player to score a hat-trick at The AMEX, during Brighton’s 4–1 win over Huddersfield Town.[8] Two weeks later, he scored twice against Crystal Palace in a 3–0 victory, also at home,[9] contributing to the side’s first home win in the M23 derby since 1988; manager Gus Poyet described him as “different class”.[10] He continued his scoring run on the 30th, with his ninth goal in 12 games coming in a 2–2 draw at Nottingham Forest.[11]

On 27 April 2013 Ulloa scored the goal that confirmed Brighton’s place in the Championship play-offs, heading a last-minute winner to secure a 2–1 success at Leeds United.[12]

The following season, on 3 May 2014 Ulloa scored a last-minute headed goal to once again send Brighton through to the Championship play-offs, coming from behind at Nottingham Forest to win 2–1.[13]

Leicester City
On 22 July 2014, following weeks of speculation, Ulloa joined newly promoted Premier League side Leicester City on a four-year contract for a club record £8 million.[14] He was handed the number 23 shirt.[15]

Ulloa started on his Premier League debut at home to Everton on 16 August, and scored after 22 minutes as Leicester twice came from a goal down to secure a 2−2 draw.[16] He next scored in his third game, against Arsenal on 31 August, again registering after 22 minutes in the 1–1 draw.[17] Ulloa scored the only goal of the game as Leicester defeated Stoke City on 13 September and earned their first win of the Premier League season.[18]

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​Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayogo suffers serious knee injury

Leicester City defender Zoumana Bakayogo has seriously injured his knee just weeks after returning from an eight-month lay-off with a similar problem.

The 28-year-old ruptured his ACL in January on his debut for Yeovil after joining the Glovers on loan.

Bakayogo only made his return to action in the friendly with MK Dons two weeks ago but was stretchered off just 23 minutes into the U21 Premier League defeat to Fulham last night/on Monday night.

The full-back went down clutching his knee, immediately signaling to the bench, and was given an oxygen mask as he left the field with what is feared could be another ACL tear.

“I’m not a medical person but all the signs are there to say it’s a similar injury to before,” said development coach Steve Beaglehole.
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Foxes eye Argentina defender

Leicester City are tracking Sunderland’s on-loan Argentina defender Santiago Vergini and had him watched against Tottenham on Saturday.

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The Foxes sent a scout to the Stadium of Light for the Premier League clash which saw the Black Cats twice fight back from a goal down to claim a 2-2 draw.
Vergini has been earning rave reviews for Sunderland this season, playing at right-back, although he still maintains his best position is in the centre of defence.
The 26-year-old is in his second season on Wearside and recently admitted he is loving life in the north east under Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet,
Sunderland wanted to sign Vergini on a permanent deal this summer after he impressed on his original five-month loan from Estudiantes, but third-party ownership issues prevented them and they settled for a season-long loan.
Sunderland’s starting central defenders from the Spurs match, John O’Shea and Wes Brown, are already in the final year of their contracts and could also have been under observation from the Leicester City scout.

Player Ratings: Stoke 0-1 Foxes

Ben Hamer: 7.5
Given a debut following Kasper’s injury in midweek on International duty the Foxe’s newest stopper kept a clean sheet with a mixture of fine saves and fortune.
His double point blank saves toward the end of the match ensured all three points for City.

Richie De Laet: 8
Some outstanding defending from our Belgian Right Back in a performance that continued on from this excellent work against Arsenal.
The timing and execution of some vital tackles was significant in securing the result.

Wes Morgan: 7.5
Our captain worked tirelessly organizing and formulating a defence that saw out City’s first clean sheet of the season. Playing up against Peter Crouch is never simple, but he managed to keep the big Striker at bay.

Liam Moore: 8
Another stunning all energy high quality display from our young home grown prospect.
His determined run up field late on shows just how much he wants his shot at the big time to be a success, and how dedicated he is to the City cause.

Paul Konchesky: 8
Something has clicked for Konch this season, he seems to have rolled back the years to some of his best days as a Premier League performer.
Has surprised a lot with his ability to raise his game to match the big challenges.

Jeff Schlupp: 7
Maybe not quite as good as his recent performances out wide left, but still put in a shift and continues to be a growing force in the midfield.

Andy King: 7
Played the first half and did’nt let anyone down.
City were a little overrun in midfield at times in the first period, but that was more a tactical situation rather than anything to do with the selected personnel.

Dean Hammond: 8
Maybe the biggest surprise of our season so far.
Hammond has taken the chance handed to him by injury to others and put in some fantastic performances, and this was no exception.
What Hammond lacks in pace he makes up for in positioning and Football nous.

Riyad Mahrez: 6.5
Replaced at half time in a tactical switch.
This game maybe did’nt suit Riyad and his free flowing wide running and trickery. Nothing negative to report, just not a day for our flamboyant wide man.

David Nugent: 7.5
Continues to work his socks off for the side.
His selfless commitment to the cause is a credit to him, deserves his place right now just for the thorough nuisance he is being to opposing defences.
Here’s hoping all his toil gets him a goal sooner than later.

Leo Ulloa: 8.5 STAR MAN
Big, powerful and can finish.
Pearson spent a large chunk on the summer ensuring he secured the Argentinian striker’s services, and now you can see just why. The winning goal was an incredible feat of skill to convert a low cross that was behind his position into a match winning effort.
Our big front man is fast turning into a Premier League hot property, and with 3 goals in 4 matches now he is starting to look like a real bargain.

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Subs:
Esteban Cambiasso: 7.5
Given his debut at half time he used all of his experience to marshall a three man central midfield to see off the hosts.
Tidy set pieces and always available to receive the ball and distribute neatly.
Danny Drinkwater: 7
Came on at the break and slotted straight into a formational change central midfield trio with ease.
Must be close to getting himself back into the starting 11 for next week’s game against his old side Manchester United.
Jamie Vardy: n/a
Came on for a little under 15 minutes for Jeff Schlupp out wide.
A high energy cameo.

Stoke 0-1 Foxes Match Report

City rode with the punches in the Potteries yesterday to see out a famous first victory in the premier league since their return to the big time.
Foxes Gaffer Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting eleven apart from Danish International Keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who picked up an injury whilst playing for his country, so Ben Hamer got his chance between the posts.

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The first half saw Stoke pour on the pressure to a plucky City side who never stopped toiling to keep their hosts out. Chances for the ever awkward Peter Crouch amongst others could arguably been converted to give the home side the lead, but a mixture of strong resolve with a little good luck kept the scores level going into the break.

At the half Pearson made two personnel changes (Cambiasso for Andy King & Drinkwater for Mahrez) that saw City match Stoke like for like in formation and hand a debut to our new Argentinian super star signing.
The switch worked like a charm, and whilst The Potters still had the odd chance, Leicester became the driving force in the match and got their just rewards just after the hour when Leo Ulloa struck home his 3rd goal in 4 Premier League starts with a very difficult finish to a cross that was delivered behind him.

With their noses in front City continued to press on and nearly doubled the lead when the excellent Dean Hammond’s strike went narrowly wide of the post just a few minutes later.
The hosts pressed City for an equaliser late on but some outstanding keeping from debutante Ben Hamer along with some body on the line defending saw out the result and ensured the Foxes returned back along the A50 with all 3 points.

There were times last season when City had to go away from home, graft and ride their luck a little to ensure they got a result, and yesterday’s performance was very much in the same vein.
The Foxes continue to prove they have huge heart, and can generate performances on the pitch that suit the occasion. Sometimes it’s about getting the result, and yesterday Nigel’s boys did that in superb fashion.

FANZONE: King Power Stadium… Internationals… Financial Fair Play… Ticket Prices and more. Your weekly Leicester City news from a fan’s perspective…

Ahhhh International break is over and we are back to the ‘Real’ Football again this weekend.
I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wait to see City get stuck in at the Britannia, and the break for England to play is just not the same.
What’s more Andy King, who has been going so well in the middle of the park for us lately, had a gruelling 90 minutes in Andorra on a horrid pitch in the week. It was good to see Moore and Wood involved in action though, and Liam is fast turning into a player who can’t be that far off from a full England call up surely?

I overheard a conversation in town this week about King Power Stadium and it possible expansion.
The three young lads in front of me (in the queue at a famous fast food restaurant) were debating whether our owners should use the foundations that were put in place under the East Stand to put an extra tier onto the ground in the near future.
There’s no doubt that getting a ticket for the big games at the moment is no mean feat, and that demand is no doubt at a high not seen for years, but you’d have to base any decision on sound business judgement for me. If we can establish ourselves this year as a side that could not only remain but kick on and up the Premier League there can be no doubt we will need those extra seats.

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This whole FFP (Financial Fair Play) system just gives me a headache.
Brought in by the powers that be to regulate spending the punishments for clubs that break the rules don’t seem to be so clear.
Initially it was thought that teams who overspent persistently would be heavily fined and the proceeds would go to grass roots Football, but I read this Week that Queens Park Rangers are now being threatened with relegation to the Football Conference next time they break the rules.
In addition I heard some mischief makers on National Radio implying that City might also end up on the end of a heavy fine / relegation also given their recent dealings. Now I don’t know about you, but I thought Nigel and the City Management had worked tirelessly last season to get costs down and get us closer to complying with FFP?
How I wish someone in charge would clarify the rules and any punishment for not complying with them, but you can’t help feeling whatever happens any heavy penalty levied will only end up being challenged in the courts.

I read with interest this week that the Foxes Trust has joined in a coalition with the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Spurs to issue a statement on the subject of ticket pricing in the Premier League.
This summer has seen a record amount spent in the transfer window on players, and with their wages and agents fees also costing a fortune I can fully understand where the supporter’s trusts are coming from, in that it’s your normal everyday fan that ends up paying through the nose at the ticket office to help fund an industry where spending is spiralling out of control.
It’s such a tricky situation to handle for all concerned, for Premier League clubs dealing on an International market to get the very best talent, and for the fan who wants to see those top stars but at an affordable price.
Personally I can’t see a resolution to the issue unless something is done on a FIFA Worldwide scale, but how fantastic would it be to be able to take your family along to a City match and have change from £80-£100 in your pocket when you got home?

Simon Mack’s weekly column can be found at: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/

Stoke City vs Leicester City: Match Preview

STOKE CITY VS LEICESTER CITY
Saturday 13th September 2014 KO: 15:00
Referee: Michael Oliver

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First time the two sides have met in the league since 2008.
Played against each other at the Britannia Stadium in the FA Cup 3rd round last season, Stoke winning 2-1.

Injuries:
Stoke: Odemwinge – Knee, Cameron – Hernia, Assaidi – Long Term
City: Upson – 2 Months, James – Knock

Form:
Stoke last 3: Beat Man City (A), Drew Hull (A), Lost Villa (H)
City last 3: Drew Arsenal (H), Lost Chelsea (A), Drew Everton (H)

Key Men:
Stoke:
Ryan Shawcross – Ever present performer at the back
Mame Diouf – Former Man Utd, Blackburn and Hannover Striker is right on form.
City:
Leo Ulloa – 3 games 2 goals for the newly signed Argentinean striker.
Mahrez: Looking lively and causing top defences problems.
Cambiasso: If he starts could have a positive impact.

Mark Hughes has been successful in altering Stoke’s more physical longer ball game into a mixture of power and strength with more expansive play. At home they will very much fancy their chances of beating newly promoted Leicester, especially after defeating Manchester City last time out.

Nigel Pearson’s City side have delivered three very positive performances to date, and if they continue that level of display will cause Stoke more problems than they might anticipate. The Foxes have raised a few expert eyebrows with their quality and genuine honest endeavour, and that will need to continue against a tricky Potteries outfit to come back along the A50 with something to show for their efforts.

See what YOUN9Y and Simon thought when they met to discuss the game for 100%LCFC TV

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Stoke City v Leicester City – The Big Game

Next up for Leicester City is a tricky away day trip to the Brittania Stadium, which will see the Foxes take on a Stoke side fresh from victory at super rich Man City.

Can the Blue Army who last visited the ground in the league when Stoke got promoted to the Premier League and Leicester relegated to League ONE for the first time ever…. Can fresh positive memories be created ?

Alan Young and Simon Mack from 100%LCFC chat about the game, formations and possible outcomes of the game.

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Alan Young joins your 100%LCFC team !

The 100% LCFC team are delighted to announce their latest signing to the squad…. Mr Alan Young!

We may have lost YOUN9Y briefly from the Foxes airwaves, but he’s back and better than ever, and on 100% LCFC TV you’ll be able to see and hear all his views on everything Leicester City.
“I’m delighted that the guys at 100% LCFC have invited me to come on board” said Alan “I can’t wait to get back in touch with the Leicester City family again.”

Talks between Alan and 100%LCFC founder Phil Holloway had been ongoing for some time, but just like Big Nige landed us Esteban Cambiasso, Phil knew our fans wanted YOUN9Y to have a platform to express his opinions, and made sure he got his man.

Watch their first chat below and see what YOUN9Y thinks to how Leicester have started their Premier League season so far….

“All of us at 100% LCFC are absolutely over the moon to welcome Alan Young to the team” Phil stated “When YOUN9Y left BBC Radio Leicester it was a real shock to the City Fans, but their loss is our gain, and we are really looking forward to giving Alan a new platform to speak directly to the Foxes Faithful.”

YOUN9Y will be joining Phil and Simon in the studio to take part in future shows, but that’s not all, he’ll also be ‘Live’ outside King Power stadium both pre and post match for our at the ground coverage, writing a weekly blog for the 100lcfc.com site and will join Owynn on our podcasts. And in a brand new concept ‘100% LCFC TV LIVE’ we’ll be taking YOUN9Y on the road all around Leicestershire in a series of evening events of Football banter, chat, fun and prizes.

The team at 100% LCFC are dedicated to bringing you the fans what you want, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than bring Mr Alan Young back into the City fold. The big man is raring to go, and will soon be in our studio and in front of the 100% LCFC cameras!

As always 100% LCFC is for the fans by the fans, so get in touch with us at 100% LCFC on Facebook and Twitter to with your questions for Alan and we’ll get his answers for you the City faithful.

And keep checking http://www.100lcfc.com to find out the latest news and views, and just what Young9y thinks on all things Leicester City.

Listen LIVE to Alan Young each week on Hermitage FM on the web by clicking on the logo below, each FRIDAY between 4-6pm.

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Comment your thoughts here, and ASK ALAN any questions you would like