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Brendan Rodgers admits mistake in leaving Hamza Choudhury out against Aston Villa

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Brendan Rodgers admits mistake in leaving Hamza Choudhury out against Aston Villa

Wilfried Ndidi was ruled out but Youri Tielemans was moved into the holding role.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted he should have put Hamza Choudhury in Leicester City’s team to face Aston Villa in the EFL Cup last night.

The Daily Mail quote Rodgers taking the blame for Leicester’s slow start in the 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium, where they were 1-0 down at half time.

Asked if he should have started Choudhury, Rodgers said: “Yes, that’s my fault. We dominated first half but weren’t fast enough with the ball, our biggest problem was our pressing. We were not aggressive enough, which is down to me as Wilf [Ndidi] got taken out of the game at the last minute because of an injury.

 

“The decision was either to put Hamza in or maybe put in another ball-player in because we were going to have a lot of the ball. Youri Tielemans did fine but we were too passive. We came into the game in the second half with a couple of changes and we were different team.”

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TBR’s View – Choudhury has chance to show greater maturity with Ndidi’s absence

Wilfried Ndidi has rightly kept Choudhury out of the side this season and with the former being just a year older and far ahead in his development, the latter won’t get that many chances.

But now he has the opportunity to start a number of games in a row and show his quality. But he must also demonstrate greater maturity and composure.

Choudhury has been involved in one or two reckless challenges already and he must ensure that his keenness does not spill over into that once again.

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