THE NOTEBOOK: Leicester’s Harvey Barnes will attract huge bids this summer, Conor Coady’s time at Everton looks all over, and Indian film star Ranveer Singh was treated to high drama at the King Power Stadium
- Leicester’s Harvey Barnes will attract huge bids from Premier League rivals
- Conor Coady’s loan spell looks over – but he may not be needed at Wolves either
- Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki showed what the Foxes lack this season
Leicester City drew 2-2 with Everton on Monday night in a relegation six-pointer that saw both sides drop crucial points in their bid to stay in the Premier League.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the hosts in front from the penalty spot, but Atletico Madrid-bound Caglar Soyuncu equalised and Jamie Vardy nudged the Foxes ahead in the first half.
James Maddison missed a penalty deep in first-half stoppage time, and Alex Iwobi scored an equaliser for the Toffees in the 54th minute.
Neither side were able to find a winner during the match, with Abdoulaye Doucoure denied a late winner by Daniel Iversen.
Here, Mail Sport’s TOM COLLOMOSSE shares some of the more unusual talking points from Leicester City 2-2 Everton.
Harvey Barnes is likely to attract big-money interest from Premier League rivals this summer
Everton came from behind to get a point, but dropped two in their search for league safety
James Maddison is not the only Leicester player likely to attract bids from high-profile Premier League clubs this summer.
Harvey Barnes drew interest from Newcastle a year ago and after registering 10 goals this season in a struggling team, the homegrown winger will have suitors circling once more.
Leicester wanted about £60million for Barnes, 25, in 2022 and would struggle to command anything close to that sum if they were relegated.
Barnes’ contract expires in 2025 and he is a proven Premier League performer who played a key role in Leicester’s recent golden period from 2019-2021, when they won the FA Cup and twice finished fifth.
Conor Coady is another who faces an uncertain future this summer.
The centre-back is coming to the end of his season’s loan at Everton, who have an option to buy him for £4.5m from Wolves.
But Coady has not started a game since Everton’s 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on February 25 and it is hard to imagine Everton making the move permanent, especially if Sean Dyche keeps them up.
He would then return to parent club Wolves in the summer. Former boss Bruno Lage allowed Coady to leave and his successor Julen Lopetegui already has four centre-backs, so there may not be room for the 30-year-old back at Molineux either.
Conor Coady is on loan at Everton, but he’s struggled to play, and may not fit at Wolves either
Shinji Okazaki’s return to the King Power showed what the Foxes have missed this season
The presence of Premier League title winners Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki at King Power Stadium was a reminder of what Leicester have lacked this season.
As well as high quality, it was the never-say-die attitude of players like these that epitomised Leicester’s remarkable march to glory seven years ago.
Schmeichel’s powers were waning before he joined Nice last summer and he could be an abrasive character – but he demanded high standards from those around him.
A little more of that would surely have seen Leicester safe long before now.
A little research placed on his water bottle meant Jordan Pickford saved Maddison’s penalty
Everton deserve most of the criticism thrown their way this season but nobody could accuse them of failing to do their penalty research.
Jordan Pickford’s drinks bottle appeared to have detailed diagrams attached to it of where each Leicester kicker preferred to shoot.
Sure enough, Pickford stood his ground when Maddison went down the middle in first-half stoppage time – just as the crib sheet predicted – and was able to make a routine save.
It has been a hugely difficult season for Jamie Vardy but here he was back to his impish best.
The 36-year-old scored his second in as many games, hit the bar and had a header cleared off the line – despite touching the ball only 16 times in the opening 50 minutes.
Jamie Vardy was back to his best during the 2-2 draw against relegation rivals Everton
Given he looked so dangerous, it was a real surprise that Vardy did not take Leicester’s penalty at the end of the first half.
Indian film star Ranveer Singh is used to high drama but even he could not have scripted the wild events at King Power Stadium on Monday.
Ranveer has 14 million followers on Twitter and was a guest of Leicester for this one.
If this is the entertainment on offer, it would be no surprise to see him back for more.
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