Zak's experience can help promotion push
For many of the Leicester City squad, chasing promotion to the Premier League is a new adventure.
However, for one City star, achieving promotion is a very recent experience.
With Sean St Ledger ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury, Zak Whitbread is expected to stake his claim for a regular start.
The former Norwich defender will utilise his experience of the Canaries' promotion success two years ago to boost City's own push for the Premier League.
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Whitbread played a prominent part for Paul Lambert's Norwich in the second half of their promotion-winning season and started their first season back in the Premier League.
The Houston-born defender says he can see some similarities between that Norwich side and the current City squad.
"There is a good set of lads, which is what I think you need to get promotion," he said.
"They are a close set of lads and they all want to get to the Premier League, which is important. If there are a couple who aren't that bothered, you don't want them holding you back. Here everyone has the same goal.
"Then you need a good manager. The manager and staff have been great.
"Both Paul Lambert and Nigel Pearson are very driven. They have different ways of going about it, but they both can get players motivated to want to get back into the Premier League."
City's drive to get promotion was the main reason why Whitbread opted for City in the summer after becoming a free agent.
"The first thing I said to the manager was I wanted to be playing in the Premier League," he said. "It is the pinnacle. That's where it is at and where the big players are. I think everything is geared to getting back to the Premier League. There is massive ambition here."
Nigel Pearson has been pipped to the September Championship manager of the month award by Crystal Palace's Dougie Freedman.
It was a double for the south London club, too, as striker Glenn Murray earned the player of the month plaudits, ahead of City skipper Wes Morgan.