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I will not shackle Andy King, says Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has vowed he will never shackle goal-scoring midfielder Andy King.

The City star has only failed to reach double figures once in the last four seasons and already has four goals this campaign.

However, King has been playing a different role for the team, anchoring the midfield with Danny Drinkwater to allow City's impressive attacking front four to do the damage.

As a result, his trademark forward runs have been less frequent.

"One of the most important parts of his game is he scores goals," said the City boss.

"He breaks forward into the box and is capable of doing that. We do have a lot of attacking options now and he recognises when he is the player who has to sit.

"But I don't want to stop him from doing what he does well, which is to get in and around the box and score goals.

"His appreciation of what the other players bring to the team is very important, as it is for all the players to recognise."

Although King is only 24, he has played more than 200 games for City and Pearson said the Wales international is driven to becoming the best midfielder he can.

"It feels as though he is a senior player now and he is only 24," he added. "He has matured very well as a player and a man. He is very well respected among the group and his thirst for improving and desire to be a better player is there."

I will not shackle Andy King, says Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson


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