0 Leicester City plan King Power Stadium update to help players' game amid under-par home form

City will do a full refurbishment of the surface at their home ground this summer after the club's head groundsman admitting the pitch was now 'showing its age'

Leicester City plan to lay a new surface at the King Power Stadium this summer after the club's head groundsman admitted the pitch was "showing its age".

While renovated every year, the 18-year-old surface requires a full refurbishment, which will take place in the off-season and will then provide Brendan Rodgers and his players with "that fast pitch that really helps our game."

City had planned to do the work last summer, but the quick turnaround caused by the Covid-19 pandemic saw City's grounds staff do their yearly revamp of the grass, rather than laying a completely new surface.

With Europa League matches and a busy schedule, City have played a lot of games on the King Power Stadium pitch this season, and head groundsman John Ledwidge tweeted before Sunday's defeat to Leeds to say it was "showing its age", with the "soil profile poor" and "recovery slow".

Explaining City plans, Ledwidge added: "It is renovated yearly. Imagine it like this, it's the difference between repairing a wall every year versus knocking it down and rebuilding. We are at the rebuild stage."

When the new pitch goes in, Rodgers has said it will benefit his team, with the current surface heavier than they would like.

"John's a fantastic groundsman, he's very good at his job," the City boss said. "The training pitches here at the new training facility are absolutely brilliant. I know his plan going forward for the summer is to get us that fast pitch that really helps our game."

"It's been unfortunate. He wanted to do it in the summer but because of Covid and everything else, we weren't able to do that. That makes it a lot heavier and takes the speed out of it a little bit more.

"It's okay, we know where we're at with that, I have regular communication with John, him and his team of staff do a great job. We hope in the summer we can get it to a really high level that really helps our game."

Not being able to play the game they want could be a factor in City's poorer home form this term. City's defeat to Leeds was their fifth in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium, more than in the whole of last term.

Rodgers has said it is something he must assess to ensure the home form improves over the second half of the campaign.

"We certainly need to look at that," he said. "There's probably multiple reasons, with the supporters being one of them. Our away form has been superb and here it's been average. Eleven games and losing five, that's not so good. We need to find ways to be better at home in this second half of the season."


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