Tim Flowers Blackburn £3m
Rob Ullathorne Leeds £5.5m
Steve Walsh Leeds £2m
Emile Heskey Real Madrid £35m
Thierry Henry Arsenal £21m
Fabio Cannavaro Parma £15m
We gave in. We didn’t have the power to keep him. Emile Heskey was gone for a fixed price of £35m to Champions League holders Real Madrid but we spent that fee by bringing in two of the best talents in Europe: Fabio Cannavaro as Hierro’s understudy and Thierry Henry as Heskey’s replacement.
PL Leicester 1-0 West Ham Henry
PL Birmingham 2-3 Leicester Henry, Nedved 
PL Leicester 0-0 Man Utd
PL Chelsea 0-0 Leicester
PL Aston Villa 0-1 Leicester Recoba
PL Leicester 1-1 Arsenal Henry
6th 12pts, 2 behind Man Utd
Now, yes, we knew that Heskey’s goals would need to be replaced and our fluid five-piece up front would provide this. I experimented, using Thierry Henry and Alvaro Recoba as roaming forward, given that Henry is more of a winger. Henry was integral, scoring two in two wins at home to West Ham and at promoted Birmingham. He even scored at his old club, Arsenal but when the big teams came like United and Chelsea, our goals dried up, scoring once in three matches against last season’s top three.
PL Middlesbrough 2-2 Leicester Totti, Henry
PL Leicester 2-3 Tottenham Henry 2
UC Bologna 0-1 Leicester Nedved
PL Sheff Wed 0-0 Leicester
UC Leicester 1-1 Bologna Henry
PL Leicester 0-0 Charlton
LC Leicester 0-2 Man Utd
10th 15pts, 8 behind Man Utd
The dipping of our toes tactically in August was subsequently found out. Thierry Henry was hitting the back of the net which was one saving grace, scoring twice in three games but there have been six games in which he hasn’t scored so far. That’s a worry. Goalless games at Hillsborough and at home to promoted Charlton wasn’t a good sign, we were even flirted with the bottom half. We weren’t creative enough going forward.
PL Newcastle 2-2 Leicester Gerrard, Nesta
UC AEK Athens 0-4 Leicester Henry 2, Gerrard, Totti
PL Leicester 3-1 Ipswich Henry 3
UC Leicester 0-0 AEK Athens
PL Liverpool 1-4 Leicester Carlos, Henry 3
7th 22pts, 8pts behind Man Utd
It all clicked together in Greece. Totti, Gerrard, Nedved, Recoba and, most of all, Thierry Henry, in a beautiful marriage on the Athenian turf. Enough of the double-headed attacking midfield fluid partnership with Recoba, I stuck Henry up top on his own, Heskey-esque. 8 goals in 5 games happened, this slight tactical change made all of the difference. Yes, there were teething problems as he was dragged out wide in the return leg against AEK but back at Anfield, he stuck in between the sticks. What followed was the biggest result of the season.
PL Leicester 2-1 Wimbledon Henry, Recoba
PL Everton 0-1 Leicester Nedved
UC Leicester 0-1 Inter Milan
PL Leicester 2-2 Coventry Henry 2
5th 29pts, 10pts behind Man Utd
This was a vital month. We welcome footballing royalty but that was before we continued our good run of form. We were sniffing around the Champions League places again and that was all down to Thierry Henry, he was becoming more selfish. The only blemish being that Ronaldo ran us ragged at Filbert Street, leaving us a mammoth task in Milan next month. We were up to fifth, not expectant of catching Manchester United who would run away with the league, let’s be honest with ourselves. We had got a tight defence for the majority, with the exception of Coventry’s visit of course.
PL Southampton 0-1 Leicester Henry
UC Inter Milan 0-3 Leicester Henry 2, Savage
PL Leicester 2-1 Leeds Nedved 2
PL Derby 0-2 Leicester Henry, Gerrard
PL West Ham 0-0 Leicester
Our stoic defence held firm in the cold month of December, just the one goal went past Paul Robinson and the firm defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Fabio Cannavaro. Hierro cannot get in the team. Thierry Henry was the difference as the poacher down at The Dell, and was at the double in the San Siro in a much more fluid performance. Even Thierry Henry’s suspension at home to Leeds left Pavel Nedved to take centre stage. It ended disappointingly with a draw at Upton Park but nonetheless, a superb month.