Darren Moore believes Leicester City U21s will present a difficult challenge in Wednesday’s Leasing.com Trophy match.
The young Foxes won all three group matches to secure their place in the knock-out stages. They currently sit fourth in Premier League Two following a four match winning streak.
“Leicester won their group so they’ll be strong, confident and I’m sure they’re looking forward to the game,” said Moore.
“They take this competition seriously and they’ve done well at Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United and Sunderland in the group stage. If you speak to the Academy coaches in this competition, it’s their big cup final because it’s the best opportunity for their players to get experience against league players.
“They’ve got players who know the level and have got league experience. Physically, they can cope with the demands of the game, so it’s going to be a great game between two teams who like to play football.”
Moore also said he was looking forward to meeting up Leicester U23s coach Steven Beaglehole who was Rovers assistant manager during Moore’s playing time with the club.
“I think Steve has done a remarkable job at Leicester – he’s shown what someone who knows the game can do,” he added.
“I loved working alongside him – we’ve kept in-touch from since I was a player here which says a lot about him as a man. He’s been at Leicester for years, and has seen a lot of players develop there.
“He knows the game at the senior level and academy and youth level. He’s a fantastic coach, knows the game, and knows what he wants from the game.”