Belfast Telegraph

Joe Dodoo revels in starring role for Leicester

Leicester youngster Joe Dodoo could hardly contain his delight after launching his career with a stunning debut hat-trick in the Capital One Cup.

The 20-year-old academy graduate stole the show as the in-form Foxes ran out 4-1 winners in their second-round tie at League One Bury.

Dodoo, a pacey forward or winger, came in as 'Tinkerman' manager Claudio Ranieri made 11 changes and made the most of the opportunity.

Dodoo told Foxes Player: "It's amazing. I could never have thought this was going to happen.

"I am still in shock. It is just amazing feeling. Nothing in the world can beat it right now. It is just pure ecstasy."

Dodoo, whose goal celebrations reflected his excitement, opened the scoring after 25 minutes by showing great control and then smashing in a shot off the bar.

Andrej Kramaric added a second before the break as the Foxes completely dominated the first half.

Bury showed some spirit after the break and pulled one back through Danny Mayor but they were unable to force an equaliser and were killed off by Dodoo.

Dodoo broke through on goal and showed composure to score four minutes from time before Jeff Schlupp teed him up for his third in injury time.

Dodoo said: "I didn't expect to get it from Jeff. I thought he was going to go and score himself but I am very thankful to him for passing to me.

"When the ball came I knew I had to shoot as quickly as possible because I was getting closed down. Then it went in and it was the best feeling ever."

Dodoo's performance overshadowed the full debuts of new signings Gokhan Inler, Yohan Benalouane, Christian Fuchs and N'Golo Kante - although they seemed to slot in well - and may have given Ranieri extra food for thought.

Prior to the game Leicester were giving consideration to loaning out Dodoo, but he may now have forced a rethink.

Ranieri said: "It is important to reflect and wait. We have some days to think about it.

"If it is important for him to go on loan, he will go on loan. If I think he can help us he will rest."


From Belfast Telegraph