'Pearson needs to go up this time'
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has said his opposite number at Leicester Nigel Pearson must get City into the Premier League this year.
Jones, who led the Owls back into the Championship last season, said City were one of a number of sides who are expecting to get promoted after heavy investment.
"They're a hard-working side, a good side," he said.
"They spent a lot of money last year to try to get promotion and didn't. Now they've done it again. They're one of the teams who have to do it this year.
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"Nigel will know that. If you spend, you have to do it. Probably there are seven or eight teams who've got to do it.
"There's still a long way to go. Don't be kidded by the league table. It can change pretty drastically because of the number of games."
Wednesday have found life difficult back in the Championship and are facing a relegation battle.
The last thing they need is to face a side arriving at Hillsborough off the back of a 6-0 victory last week.
However, Jones said he would actually prefer to face a buoyant City than a side facing similar struggles to themselves.
"I'd rather be playing a team like that than a team that everyone expects us to beat.
"It's an exciting time. That's why we're in this division. If anybody's not looking forward to playing in the game, then what have we been working for?"
Jones has recruited giant Stoke City striker Mamady Sidibe on loan and Jones hopes he will provide some much-needed fire-power.
"He brings know-how and experience and he'll give us something different," he said.
Leicester City teenager Jide Maduako has joined Ilkeston Town on loan.
The 18-year-old defender will remain with the Robins for one month and could make his debut today when they host Whitby Town in the Evo-Stick League Northern Premier Division.
Meanwhile, City have added promising youngster Karlton Watson to their under-21 ranks.
Subject to clearance being received, the 20-year-old defender will join the club's development squad after signing a professional contract this week.