Big-spending Foxes to test Reds resolve

Supremo:Ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has led Leicester to four wins in the last five matches.  Picture: Martin Rickett/PA
Supremo:Ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has led Leicester to four wins in the last five matches. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA
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ASSISTANT manager John Breckin says Barnsley must show no fear when they head to Championship aristocrats Leicester City tomorrow.

Managed by former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Foxes are four points and four places adrift of the play-off positions following a superb run of four wins from five matches.

Eriksson spent heavily in January to strengthen his promotion-chasing squad. The Swede recruited five new players, including Everton forward Yakuba, who has bagged two goals in three appearances.

In total, Eriksson signed five players in the transfer window; Yakuba, Daniel Uchechi, Ben Mee, Kyle Naughton and Sol Bamba.

Eriksson has also bolstered his backroom staff on Thursday by landing Dietmar Hamann from Milton Keynes Dons as first-team coach.

Breckin said: “The squad Sven has assembled and the players he has got in are just unbelievable. They are Premier League players.

“You have to give them credit for managing to attract those players.

“But we have got nothing to be frightened about. We have got a good squad and we have proven we are a good side at home.

“Now we have to take some of our performances at home on the road.

At home, Leicester have suffered just two defeats and are unbeaten at the Walkers Stadium since mid-September.

While Breckin respects the players Eriksson has at his disposal, the Reds number two believes the club can gain revenge for their 2-0 loss at Oakwell to the Foxes three months ago.

“We had to hold our hands up after they beat us at home,” said Breckin. “I think they are the best side to have come to our place this season.

“They are a team on the up so it is going to be difficult. It is a hard place to go to and the crowd will be right behind them but we are looking forward to it.”

Although Reds manager Mark Robins captured Jacob Mellis and Frank Nouble on loan on transfer deadline day, Breckin has hinted there is a possibility the club could make more temporary signing when the loan window reopens next week.

Breckin said: “We are always on the lookout. The day you stop looking is the day to pack it in. We are looking to strengthen and are always looking down certain avenues to bring players in.

“It is an ongoing thing and every club is in the same position.”

Stephen Foster remains a major injury doubt for Barnsley. Breckin admits the centre-back is still being troubled by the shin injury he sustained at Doncaster Rovers and is rated “50-50” to feature at Leicester.

“It is unfortunate for Steve; it is taking some healing,” said Breckin. “It was a nasty gash he got on his leg. It was worse than we thought.

“He had seven stitches in it and it is still inflamed now.”

However, Breckin confirmed Jay McEveley is closing in on a first-team comeback and is poised to return to light training next week. The left-back, who has been on the sidelines with a knee injury, could be available for selection come mid-February.