Andy King: I feel like elder statesman in Leicester City dressing room
He may be only 23 years old but Leicester City midfielder Andy King is feeling like an elder statesman in the City dressing room.
The influx of new young players, such as Anthony Knockaert, Matty James and Marko Futacs, coupled with the emergence of academy products Liam Moore, Jeff Shlupp, Tom Hopper and Harry Panayiotou has left King feeling like a veteran.
But despite his tender years, King has made more than 200 appearances for the club since graduating from the academy five years ago and is more than happy to pass on his experience.
"It is nice I have been here and seen a lot of things," said King. "It does feel like I am a veteran at times.
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"We have a young squad here and it seems odd for me at 23 to be saying this, but if I can use my experience to help them then that is good for everyone related to the club.
"I have learned the ins and outs of the Championship. I think it is important you don't get too carried away with the highs and too down with the lows. You have to be level-headed.
"I am lucky that I have learned a lot from some good players, the likes of Richie Wellens, Matt Oakley and Stephen Clemence. It is nice I can pass that on to the young players now.
"Liam (Moore) and Jeff (Schlupp) I have known since they were kids. You hear stuff about the even younger boys, who have a good chance. It is nice to see them developing into the sort of players they are now."
King said two of the more recent arrivals, Knockaert and Futacs, who have formed a close friendship, have been able to settle into the City squad quickly.
"It is a credit to them and the people who have scouted them," he said.
"They are great lads, everyone who has come in is.
"They have gelled very well. It can be hard coming from a foreign country but they are both very young.
"They are an odd-looking pair when they knock around with each other.
"Not only have they gelled as personalities in the team, but also into the side. For them to have performed as well as they have done is a credit to both."