Jeff Stelling says Leicester being ‘forced to shop at Aldi’ after £17m signing

Jeff Stelling has claimed Leicester City’s recent transfer activity shows manager Brendan Rodgers is being forced to shop in ‘Aldi rather than Harrods’.

Ahead of today’s home game against Brighton, Rodgers was under mounting pressure following a run of four successive Premier League defeats, which left the Foxes two points above the relegation zone.

In a bid to stiffen up his side’s fragile defence, the former Liverpool boss has brought in promising Danish defender Victor Kristiansen in a £17million deal from FC Copenhagen. The 20-year-old is highly thought of in his homeland and made six appearances for his now former club in the Champions League earlier this season.

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However, Kristiansen is unproven, prompting Soccer Saturday host Stelling to use an interesting analogy to question the resources at Rodgers’ disposal.

“From Brendan Rodgers' point of view, £17million, from FC Copenhagen, he’s being made to shop at Aldi when he wants to shop at Harrods or at the very worst Selfridges,” said the legendary presenter ahead of Saturday afternoon’s action.

That prompted laughter from his panellists, including Paul Merson, who quipped: “The way you’re talking, Selfridges is like Morrison’s!”

But Stelling continued, saying to former Tottenham defender Michael Dawson: “You’ve got to feel some sympathy, haven’t you, in terms of what he can get in the market?”

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Dawson replied: “You see [Wesley] Fofana go out for £80million-plus [to Chelsea], then you’re signing a players like Kristiansen. He may come good for Leicester but they’ve lost four on the bounce since the return of the Premier League and that’s a concern. Two points above the relegation zone.

“They got out of trouble earlier in the season, the transfer window shut and things settled down. They’re now in another window and Brendan Rodgers will be looking over his shoulder.”

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