Anx­ious Foxes give Har­row Bor­ough striker Meite a trial

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY ADAM SHER­GOLD/

Premier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City have taken Har­row Bor­ough striker Ibrahim Meite (pic­tured) on trial as they bid to un­cover their next non-league gem.

20-year-old Meite, who hails from south-west Lon­don, has en­joyed a very im­pres­sive start to the sea­son with 10 goals in 14 ap­pear­ances for the Ry­man League club.

The striker, who has earned the nick­name ‘The Shark’ be­cause of his preda­tory in­stinct in front of goal, has at­tracted at­ten­tion from a num­ber of Premier League clubs.

But Le­ices­ter have taken Meite, a mem­ber of the AG Foot­ball Academy in west Lon­don, on trial this week and he will par­tic­i­pate in a be­hind-closed­doors match on Fri­day.

Meite has scored in all three of Har­row’s FA Cup ties so far, against Saw­bridge­worth Town, Uxbridge and Winch­ester City.

His last-minute goal in the lat­ter of those has set up a home tie with ei­ther Hast­ings United or Mar­gate in the fourth qual­i­fy­ing round, just one step away from the first round proper.

Le­ices­ter signed their tal­is­manic striker Jamie Vardy from non-league Fleet­wood Town back in May 2012 and his 24 goals last sea­son helped the Foxes to a re­mark­able Premier League ti­tle win and earned him an Eng­land place. Else­where Nigel Pear­son has left his job as Derby County man­ager by mu­tual con­sent after four months in charge, the Cham­pi­onship club said on Satur­day.

The for­mer Le­ices­ter City boss, who signed a three-year con­tract with Derby in May, has en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

His side have won only two of their 11 league games and lie 20th in the 24team stand­ings.

The 53-year-old was sus­pended by Derby last month and lo­cal media re­ported that the de­ci­sio

Pear­son was sacked by Le­ices­ter at the end of the 2014-15 sea­son due to a break­down in his re­la­tion­ship with the club’s own­ers after he had guided them to Premier League safety.

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