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2019/2020

Leicester City

In


Youri Tielemans (mid) Monaco – loan made permanent; Ayoze Perez (att) Newcastle; James Justin (def) Luton; Filip Benkovic (def) Celtic – end of loan; Andy King (mid) Derby – end of loan; Adrien Silva (mid) Monaco – end of loan; Fousseni Diabate (att) Sivasspor – end of loan; Islam Slimani (att) Fenerbahce – end of loan;

Out


Danny Simpson (def) released; Shinji Okazaki (sp) (att) Malaga;

Leicester’s tragic last season, the team’s Thai owner died in a helicopter crash right after one of the games in October, is hopefully behind everyone. The appointment of Brendan Rodgers in late spring was so he could get to know the squad and then have positive transfer activity in the summer. Rodgers did just that, spending over £100million on 3 players. Making Tielemans a permanent signing was a major success for the club as they beat big teams to obtain his services. Perez also looks to be a great piece of business, with the Spaniard already forming an impressive partnership in attack with Vardy. Leicester are expected to play modern football with fast ball movement, but the main issue that many tend to overlook is the defensive instability. Scoring goals has never been a problem, but at the back they constantly get exposed. Full-backs Pereira and Chilwell are not always tracking back once caught out of position, plus individual errors in the heart of the defence resulted in 8 goals conceded last season, with only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield conceding more after direct mistakes. Rodgers has options to test in defence though, and even if Maguire leaves this summer, the returning from loan Benkovic could emerge as the player to build around at the back. For most of last season Rodgers managed the young Croat at Celtic and was really pleased with him. Only if Leicester can improve defensively they can challenge for Europe again. Going forward the Foxes shouldn’t have problems scoring goals.

Target


Qualifying for Europe is a must, but for the Foxes to achieve that, they will need others to make mistakes and also to keep all their key players fit and healthy all season.

Season Review
2018/2019

№9: Leicester City

Leicester had a decent campaign, but they would rather forget about it after some unexpected dramatic moments throughout. The Foxes started slowly, 5 defeats in the first 9 rounds, which put coach Puel under pressure straight away. Just like a year earlier the main issues were in defence where the overrated Maguire continued to be unreliable, while none of the 3 centre-backs signed in the summer was used much. Come the end of October the club was shaken by a major tragedy with the much-loved Thai owner dying in a helicopter crash right after the 1:1 home draw vs. West Ham in round 10. For months after this tragedy fans, players and staff were healing slowly, but it was a grim period for everyone, and Puel failed to galvanize the team. Eventually after a single win in the first 7 rounds of 2019, Puel was sacked and Leicester stole Celtic’s coach Brendan Rogers for the final 11 rounds of the campaign. His arrival steadied the ship and also saw Vardy hitting top form, 10 goals scored in 11 games under Rodgers, which helped the Foxes to at least finish in the top half of the table. With Rodgers expected to work hard on branding the squad as his own this summer it is hard to know what to expect from Leicester in the future. However, with Vardy now 32-years-old, and many other teams having much better squads, challenging for the top positions seems really unlikely for the Foxes in years to come.


Player of the Season: Jamie Vardy

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