Leicester City's Craig Shakespeare praises Paul Gallagher's attitude
Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has praised midfielder Paul Gallagher for fighting his way back into the first-team frame.
After making three consecutive substitute appearances over the festive period, the 28-year-old Gallagher could be in contention to make only his second start of the campaign when Burton Albion visit the King Power Stadium tomorrow, in the third round of the FA Cup.
Gallagher's only other start came against the same side in City's shock Capital One Cup defeat in August.
That led to a spell on loan at Sheffield United and the Scottish international didn't feature again for City until he came on as a second-half substitute at Hull on Boxing Day.
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Shakespeare said Gallagher had never been out of the first-team frame and had fought his way back into contention.
"He hasn't been out of the picture with us as staff or the players," said Shakespeare.
"Since he came back from Sheffield United he has trained with us every day.
"I have to say his attitude and application in training has been first class.
"Sometimes players force their way into it rather than de-select themselves. Paul has forced his way in with his performances.
"Yes, he has had to be patient but we have never forgotten what Paul is capable of."
Central midfielder Matty James has also taken his chance in the last three games after making only his second start since September at Hull.
Shakespeare said James was an example of the type of player they had worked so hard to bring into the club over the past year.
"Players like to be judged over three or four games, not just one and then back out," he said.
"Matty is getting better and better. He has not missed a day's training since he joined the club and is a tremendous lad to have around.
"He leads by example, trains properly and has a pedigree about him.
"There has been a lot of transition within the squad, changing the mentality of the squad, changing the personalities of the dressing room.
"They are a pleasure to work with now. We are pushing forward."