This is the latest Leicester City News with Ryan Bertrand and Brendan Rodgers’ son have been seen to be the missing key in the City summer transfer.
Brendan Rodgers’ desire for a squad refresh this summer has been widely publicized, with ‘five or six’ players being pursued.
After Lee Congerton signed Serie A side Atalanta, the club is without a head of recruiting, albeit Southampton’s Martyn Glover has been named as his replacement.
If the two clubs can agree on a compensation agreement, he will come in time for the summer transfer window; otherwise, City will have to wait until the transfer window closes.
While Jon Rudkin and Brendan Rodgers’ roles in the recruiting process are being temporarily expanded, they may not need to expand their contact lists too much since one important agency, First Access Sports, may be all they need.
The organization has a lot of connections with City employees and athletes. Rodgers worked at Celtic with David Moss, the Head of Global Football for First Access Sports.
During Rodgers’ first year as Celtic manager, Moss was the club’s Head of Scouting. Moss told The Guardian that Rodgers was “extremely professional” in recruiting meetings, and the two have a strong working relationship.
Anton, Brendan’s son, also works at the firm. “I work for an agency, First Access Sports,” he told The Athletic in December 2021. I had no idea I’d end myself in that situation.
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My father had the knowledge to look at contracts and everything when I was younger, especially youth contracts, so it was always just me and him.
Because of my playing style, I assumed I would pursue a coaching career. Now I attempt to coach on the field and play differently.
“It got to the point where I needed to work.” I needed to get out there and work. I had 12-18 months where I could afford to travel to different clubs and train, but the reality was that I needed to work.
“I construct my own route, just as I did throughout my playing career.” For me, that is the next step. I knew I wouldn’t be able to play full-time anymore. I needed to work.
“It’s on my mind, and I wouldn’t rule out coaching because of my passion for football, but I appreciate what I’m doing now, and I’m enjoying my football again.” That is the most crucial factor.”
Since 2019, Anton Rodgers has been an intermediary for First Access Sports, according to his LinkedIn page. He is not on the Football Association’s official list of registered intermediaries at the time of writing, implying that he is no longer an agent but still works for the agency in another capacity, according to his out-of-date LinkedIn page.
Leicester City News: Why Bertrand & Rodgers’ son could be key to Leicester summer transfer window
While the first two Rodgers connections are significant, the third may be the most significant. Since May 2018, City left-back Ryan Bertrand has worked as a consultant with First Access Sports, and his influence can be seen at all three of his most recent clubs: Leicester, Southampton, and Chelsea. Among the agency’s clients are a number of young players from each team.
“I’ve chosen to have a little more of an involvement in consulting and helping them [First Access Sports] put the necessary infrastructure in place for the players, caring after them and the finer things,” Bertrand told inews.co.uk in July 2019. There are a lot of folks in the agency business that don’t grasp the players’ attitude.
“There are a lot of players going out on loan or players leaving England to go abroad but you have to be clear with your objectives, you have to know the player’s tactics and the next club’s tactics and make sure it suits his playing style.
First Access Sports’ presence at Leicester is already clear to see. They have also signed five City under-18s players to their books in the past 18 months: Ben Nelson, Joe Wormleighton, Brandon Cover, Freddie Cook and Tyler Weeks. They also represent five former City prospects in Wiktor Gromek, Johnly Yfeko, Tom Billson, Oscar Tonge and Morgan Brown.
Bertrand’s long-term friend, business partner and agent Louis Bell is an agent for FAS. He represents a number of Chelsea youth players, including City target Levi Colwill . Colwill, Normann and Hudson-Odoi fit the bill perfectly.
If they are the players Rodgers and his colleagues have identified through their thorough scouting processes, it is likely they will be signed fairly quickly as the club already have a strong relationship with their representatives.
Bertrand joined City from the Saints and FAS’ influence was felt on Glover’s recruitment during his time on the south coast. Among the FAS clients to be recruited by Glover at Southampton are Dynel Simeu, who signed on a three-year contract from Chelsea; and Armando Broja, a Louis Bell client on loan from Stamford Bridge. Saints youth goalkeepers Ollie Wright and Eddie Beach are also on the agency’s books.
Looking at the agency’s stable of upcoming young talent, City should at least take a closer look at some other clients they have on their books.
But, judging by the links so far, it is likely they will deal with FAS at least once this summer. Young striker Ibrahima Kone has been making a name for himself at Lyon, while 19-year-old Scottish defender Liam Morrison and his countryman Barry Hepburn, 18, are on the books of Bayern Munich’s second team.
While they could be important to Leicester’s summer recruitment, they are unlikely to be the only agency involved.
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