Wes Morgan: Leicester City captain to retire from football at the end of this season

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Leicester City captain, Wes Morgan will retire from football at the end of the 2020-2021 season after helping the club to win the club’s first Premier League title over five years ago.

Wes Morgan has been a player of Leicester City since January 30, 2012, after he moved to the Premier League club from Nottingham Forest for a transfer fee worth €1.13 million.

The 37-year-old Jamaican central-defender has had it very tough this season as his form encouraged the club’s coach, Brendan Rodgers to give him just three appearances in the Premier League this season.

He however played 5 times in the Europa League, once in FA Cup (which Leicester won for the first time in the club’s history) and once in EFL Cup this season. Even though he didn’t contribute much to the success of the club in their FA Cup win this season, he is being praised for his “brotherly” role in the locker room.

Before his game time started reducing at the club, Wes Morgan who is a product of the Nottingham Forest youth system played 323 times for Leicester in all competitions scoring 14 goals and provided 5 assists.

His best time at Leicester City happened during the 2015-2016 season in which he played every single league game of the season for Leicester City as they went on to win the league title for the first time in the club’s history. Despite being a defender, Wes Morgan contributed 2 goals for Leicester that season.

Wes Morgan lifting the Premier League title during the 2015-2016 season.
Wes Morgan lifting the Premier League title during the 2015-2016 season.

Since then, Wes Morgan who stopped playing for Jamaica’s national football team in 2016 after making 30 appearances is regarded as Leicester’s hero due to his performance for the club during their Premier League winning season.

While announcing that Wes Morgan would retire at the end of this season, the chairman of the club, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha described the Jamaican defender as one of the greatest servants of the club.

He said: “Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward.

“A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad, and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the club, his contribution has been enormous.

“Wes has shown throughout his Leicester City career that he has a great deal to offer away from the pitch.

“I’m excited to see how we can help him shape his career after football and how the club can continue to benefit from his experience, knowledge, and passion for the game.”

Wes Morgan is expected to make his last Premier League appearance for Leicester City at 16:00 on May 23, 2021. The match is against Tottenham Hotspur. If Leicester win the match, they stand the chance of finishing the league in the top four of the league table.

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