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Foxes kid Dodoo is no ordinary Joe: Ranieri

Published 22/09/2015

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is excited by the potential of young striker Joe Dodoo.

Ranieri will hand the 20-year-old his full home debut against West Ham in the Capital One Cup third round tonight, as Leicester look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Dodoo has been well known in academy circles for some time, but announced himself on the senior stage in the previous round of the competition with a hat-trick to help the Foxes beat Bury 4-1 and made his Premier League debut as a substitute at Bournemouth four days later.

Ranieri has been impressed with Dodoo, recently advising the club to open discussions with the player about a new contract, and believes he has a good prospect on his hands.

"I think he has a very good future," said Ranieri. "I speak to him a lot and he is a young player who is very focused and concentrated on his job.

"He is fast and when he shoots at goal, between 80 to 90 per cent of the time he hits the target. That is very good, that's a good relationship with the goal.

"He is versatile also, he can play as a striker or out on the flank.

"He is ambitious but also a very quiet boy. He is still learning and it is important for him now to understand the game and gain important experience for his future.

"I look at the young players and if there is someone, I will bring them through."

Dodoo's inclusion will be one of many, most probably 11, changes made my Ranieri.

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