Leicester City

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2021/2022

Leicester City

In


Transfers In: Patson Daka (att) - RB Salzburg; Boubakary Soumaré (mid) – Lille; Ryan Bertrand (def) Southampton; Rachid Ghezzal (att) Besiktas – end of loan; Filip Benkovic (def) - OH Leuven - end of loan

Out


Transfers Out: Christian Fuchs (def) released; Matty James (mid) released; Wes Morgan (def) retired; Cengiz Ünder (att) Roma – end of loan

In 2020/21, Leicester City missed out on Champions League qualification on the final matchday for a second consecutive season, despite spending numerous rounds in top-4 positions. The Foxes ended the season with three defeats in the last five rounds, but they managed to lift their first ever FA Cup trophy after beating Chelsea in the final. They’ve kept all their stars ahead of the upcoming campaign and strengthened their attack with a promising forward in Patson Daka, who is expected to be a long-term replacement for the ageing James Vardy. Long-serving players Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan departed Leicester City, with the latter hanging up his boots, but the team’s backbone remains intact. Boubakary Soumare also joined from Ligue 1 reigning champions Lille and is expected to provide the Foxes with further depth in a strong midfield that already features the likes of Tielemans, Ndidi and Maddison. As Brendan Rodgers stressed before off-season, Leicester City are in need of more goal threat and more physicality and he could look to further strengthen his team’s attack and possibly sign another centre-back this summer. Leicester City will try to overcome their demons next season and find consistency, especially in the final stretch of the campaign, in pursuit of a top-four spot. If they manage to beat Manchester City in the Community Shield and grab another title, they will be given a huge boost in morale ahead of a demanding Premier League campaign.

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Although their target will be a top-four finish, making the top six should be a more realistic objective, as they will have to compete with Premier League powerhouses such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea for Champions League qualification.

Season Review
2020/2021

№5: Leicester City

Leicester dramatically missed out on top 4 finish for the second year in a row. Still the season was successful as the Foxes won their first ever FA Cup trophy. Adding versatile Castagne to the squad proved crucial as he was excellent all season making the prolonged absence of Pereira, sidelined for the opening 17 rounds, go almost unnoticed. Leicester started well, 6 wins in the first 8 rounds, and up until Christmas they even looked like possible title-contenders as they were well established in the top 3. However, after scoring 11 of his 15 league goals before Christmas, Vardy lost form in 2021. Iheanacho became vital up front in the second part of the season and the Nigerian was the most prolific striker in the entire league from March onwards. Up until late April, round 34, Leicester looked well in control of their top 4 position. However, the distractions of the FA Cup semi-final and the final loomed. Leicester ended the regular season with 3 defeats in the last 5 rounds and missed out on the top 4. Playing Tottenham at home in the last game, they lost 2:4 and exposed old weaknesses in regards to the mentality of the players. The most consistent players throughout the season were Schmeichel, Castagne, Evans and Tielemens, who scored many vital goals including the winner in the FA Cup final. Leicester are disappointed, but the FA Cup should give confidence and the Foxes look well-built to make another attempt to break into the top 4. Finding a replacement for the ageing Vardy seems to be urgent matter.


Player of the Season: Youri Tielemans

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