Between the 2008/09 and the 2013/14 seasons Leicester City managed to rebuild after dropping down to the third tier and grew into a side capable of securing a return to the top-flight.
One vital member of Leicester’s squad during those six seasons was Lloyd Dyer.
The winger was actually the second player that the Foxes brought into the club in the summer of 2008, as they aimed to recover from relegation and build a side that could return to the second tier under Nigel Pearson.
Arriving from MK Dons on a free transfer, Dyer immediately added a lot of quality to Leciester’s squad in the wide positions.
During the 2008/09 campaign, the attacker managed to fire home ten league goals in his 44 appearances and was a constant source of creativity as well as he helped Pearson’s side clinch the title.
Dyer had shown that he was more than good enough to be making the step up to the Championship with the Foxes, and he managed to help the Foxes adjust very well to life back in the English second tier in the 2009/10 season.
A tally of three goals in his 37 appearances in all competitons that season played a key role in helping the Foxes secure a 5th place finish. That term, they were only denied a place in the play-off final by a penalty shootout defeat against Cardiff City.
The 2010/11 season saw Leicester drop off in form a little bit with the Foxes finishing in 10th place in the table. Dyer though was still a consistent performer and he fired home five goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.
The following season, Dyer was reunited with Pearson after he returned to the club after a spell in charge of Hull City following Sven Goran Eriksson’s sacking. That season saw the winger add another six goals to his Leicester tally in 44 appearances.
Dyer then helped Leicester reach the play-offs in the Championship for the second time in the 2012/13 season but they suffered heartache with a semi-final loss to Watford.
However, the 2013/14 campaign saw him play a key role in their title win with ten goals in 46 appearances in all competitions.
As Leicester prepared for life back in the Premier League in the summer of 2014, Dyer was making a move to Watford despite the Foxes having offered him a new contract.
Things did not go too well for him at Vicarage Road and he was sent out on loan to Birmingham City in January 2015 after making just 16 appearances in all competitions in the first half of the 2014/15 season. He managed to score once in 19 games for the Blues in his loan spell.
After being released by Watford in February 2016, Dyer earned himself a short-term deal with promotion-chasing Burnley and he made three appearances off the bench as the Clarets secured the Championship title.
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A two-season spell with Burton Albion in the Championship followed and he was a very strong performer for the Brewers with him making 84 appearances in total and scoring 15 goals in that spell.
Bolton Wanderers briefly signed Dyer for the 2018/19 campaign, but he only made seven appearances as the Trotters were relegated to League One.
Dyer announced his retirement from the game in September 2020 after a brief five-game spell back with Burton Albion in the 2019/20 season.
The 39-year-old is now working as an agent, according to a recent report from Leicestershire Live.. He was spotted attending Aston Villa’s Under21s’ clash with Burton Albion in the Papa John’s Trophy last week.