Amartey is going to be a very important player for Leicester – Brendan Rogers
The versatile Ghanaian is fit again and has established himself as a valuable member of the Foxes squad.
Daniel Amartey has revitalised his Leicester City career and is now rated by Brendan Rodgers as a valuable member of his squad.
After two years out of the side recovering from a broken ankle, Amartey made a surprise return to the line-up earlier this season, and while a hamstring injury set him back, he started in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace just after Christmas and was one of City’s better performers.
He has been used principally as a centre-back by Rodgers, which is the position a lot of City fans wanted to see him in after he continually impressed there internationally with Ghana.
He’s previously played right-back and defensive midfield for City, and his ability to fill multiple positions makes him an important member of the squad, said Rodgers.
“I’ve been really delighted with Dan,” said Rodgers ahead of the FA Cup tie at Stoke, the site of Amartey’s only City goal, a last-minute equaliser in December 2016.
“When I came in, he was injured but he’s worked his way back and came in and played in some important games for us. Against Manchester City (the 5-2 win), I thought he was outstanding.
“The more I’ve seen of him, I think he’s going to be a very important player for our squad.
“Why? Because I think he’s shown he can play at centre-half – he played that earlier on in his career and with the national team – he’s played at right-back here – he would be a different type of right-back in terms of how I would use him – and he can also play in midfield, so I think his value to the squad is very important.
“He’s someone who has really impressed me, with his attitude and with his qualities.”
Daniel Amartey is under contract at City until 2022, having signed a new deal not long after his ankle break in October 2018.