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Nigel Pearson delighted with Leicester City loan signings Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard


New Leicester City signings Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard are being backed to make an impact at the King Power Stadium during their one-month loan from Manchester United.

The 19-year-olds made their debuts after completing their moves in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, and City boss Nigel Pearson said they come from Old Trafford with a great pedigree.

Both could make their home debuts on Saturday when City entertain East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in a lunchtime kick-off.

Keane, however, was substituted as a precaution at the Reebok Stadium with a tight hamstring, and will be assessed later this week.

"Michael has had a good introduction to the Championship and this team," said Pearson.

"Michael had a tight hamstring so we decided to protect him.

"If we have a player capable of going on and playing that position I don't see the point of risking a longer-term injury.

"I am sure both he and Jesse have enjoyed sampling the Championship. They played their part in a very good team performance and, hopefully, we will see a lot more from them.

"They are coming from probably the best club in terms of producing young players.

"Whenever you can add the type of vitality that players like them can bring, and they are good players as well, then you do it.

"The quality is there. It doesn't matter what age they are if they are good enough."

City defender Ritchie De Laet knows the duo from his time with United and said they were among the rising stars coming through the ranks at United.

"They are good players," he said. "Michael proved himself against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup recently and he did it again at Bolton.

"It was a great performance. Jesse is still a young player as well but he is very good on the ball and I think you will see a lot of both of them."

De Laet said City had been buoyed by their performance at Bolton on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's East Midlands derby, despite being unable to convert their dominance into a victory.

"We had the better chances and their keeper pulled off some good saves," he said. "He kept them in the game.

"There was more drive and the energy was back. We controlled the midfield. That wasn't there in the last two games so, now it is back, hopefully we can push on this Saturday."

Nigel Pearson delighted with Leicester City loan signings  Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard

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