- Full Name
- Matty James
- Date of Birth
- 22 July 1991
- 5'11" (181cm)
- 13st 8lbs (86kg)
- Professional Debut
- 14 August 2012
Matty James arrived at King Power Stadium from Manchester United in the summer of 2012.
A box-to-box midfielder with a good range of passing and an eye for goal, he has been capped at multiple levels of the England youth system and garnered Championship experience during two useful loan spells with Preston North End, where he made 32 appearances and scored three goals.
After graduating from the United academy, he signed professional terms in July 2009 and was a central figure for the reserves before his spells at Deepdale.
James’ growing reputation was cemented by some fantastic all-action displays for City in his debut 2012/13 season at King Power Stadium, during which he forged an impressive partnership with Andy King in the final stages to help City secure a play off spot.
The midfielder made 30 appearances in all competitions and scored four times – including City’s opener in the memorable 3-2 final day victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
In 2013/14 James continued to build on that impressive debut season, with 40 appearances, mostly alongside former Manchester United colleague Danny Drinkwater, helping to see him named the Club’s Young Player of the Year.
In July 2014, James was rewarded for his impressive campaign with a new four-year contract to keep him at the Club until 2018.
He built on that with a series of fine display for Leicester City in the Premier League and forged formidable partnership with Esteban Cambiasso in the heart of midfield.
An unfortunate anterior cruciate ligament injury against Southampton in May 2015 saw him sidelined for a lengthy period.
The midfielder returned to action for the first team with a late cameo against Manchester City in December 2016, before playing 18 times on loan at Championship outfit Barnsley.
The following term, James played 15 times in all competitions but missed out in several stages due to an Achilles problem.