Ghana’s Jeff Schlupp needs aid at new left-back role, says Konchesky

The veteran left-back and former Liverpool player is helping the Ghana international in his new rearguard role

Experienced Leicester City defender Paul Konchesky has been lending a helping hand to team-mate Jeff Schlupp as he continues to settle into life at left-back.

After coming through the City academy as a striker, Schlupp has been more commonly used by manager Nigel Pearson as either a left-winger or as cover for Konchesky.

The 20-year-old Ghana international had arguably his best game in the position in their convincing 3-0 victory against Watford a fortnight ago helping his side to their first clean sheet in 10 games. "Everyone knows Jeff is a forward-cum-winger and he got thrown in at the deep end a little bit at left-back," said Konchesky, who has made more than 500 appearances in his 16-year professional career.

"I felt it was only right for me to go to him, talk to him and help him as much as I can, and if he takes anything from me then great.

"Everyone knows how attack-minded Jeff is. He's a great lad and he's got a bright future in front of him.”

He added: "I maybe feel a bit more responsibility this season because we've got a few young players in the team, and we're trying our best to stick together.

“Hopefully myself, Wes (Morgan) and Kasper (Schmeichel) can try to keep that unit together. I think we're showing that on the pitch."

Born to Ghanaian parents in Hamburg, Schlupp who was raised in England has played 41 times for Leicester scoring one goal and has been capped once by Ghana.