The Fearless Foxes. The 2015/2016 season showed the footballing world that anything is possible. From 5000/1 odds, Leicester City rallied around players like the crafty winger Riyad Mahrez, the midfield engine N’golo Kante, and Fantastic Mr. Fox himself Jaime Vardy, to win the Premier League. One of the most unbelievable scenes in the modern game, the club showed the true […]
The Fearless Foxes.
The 2015/2016 season showed the footballing world that anything is possible. From 5000/1 odds, Leicester City rallied around players like the crafty winger Riyad Mahrez, the midfield engine N’golo Kante, and Fantastic Mr. Fox himself Jaime Vardy, to win the Premier League. One of the most unbelievable scenes in the modern game, the club showed the true spirit that any fan of the game cannot deny.
After their league triumph, Leicester has moved back towards the middle of the table. They have had a few managerial changes since then, opting to now go with Brendan Rodgers. A controversial appoint, he joined from Celtic this past February. His style is very attack and procession based, having previously led Liverpool to a runner-up position with an electric attack of Raheem Sterling, Phillipe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, and Daniel Sturridge.
Leicester has some good young attacking players, such as James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Youri Tielemans. The style of play suits their development and along with Jaime Vardy, they will look to take the league by storm.
The main issue for Leicester this summer is resolving the Harry Maguire situation. He wants to leave for a bigger club, namely Manchester United. If he leaves, there is a big gap in the center of defense for the Foxes to fill. He averaged 2.2 tackles and interceptions per 90 and won 3.8 aerial duels as well. He is a big and strong center back, being able to get forward and contribute on set-pieces as well. If he leaves, he will command a hefty fee and Leicester could surely bring in some quality players to fill that gap.
Leicester City has done some good business this summer, having bought Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez to add some reinforcements to their attacking and procession philosophy. If Maguire leaves, they will need to bring in at least one center back.
I think James Tarkowski is a good replacement, having 3.2 tackles and interceptions per 90 in the league last season. His passing isn’t as good as Maguires, but I’m sure Rodgers would be able to get his numbers up in a more progressive footballing side. There are rumors that Lewis Dunk is linked as the replacement, but at 27, might be a gamble. Brighton also wants a ridiculous sum near 40 million pounds to sign him, which is double what I think he is really worth.
The squad that Leicester have might need some other improvements as well. Jaime Vardy is over 30 and Kelechi Iheanacho hasn’t shown any good form whatsoever. Rodgers might not address the striker situation, having brought in some key midfielders. I think their main concern is Harry Maguire for good reason. Once that is taken care of, the squad will be able to compete to their full potential. They are young, which means the more experience they get the better the squad chemistry will get.
I think Leicester will finish 4th. Yes, its a bold prediction, but with a few of the big sides rebuilding, I think it is realistic.
The squad are young and hungry with an exciting manager. They should be able to control the ball and attack with pace down the flanks. This will be a massive season for players like Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi, who are both really young and talented. Ndidi had the most tackles in the Premier League last season, so hopefully, he will evolve into a midfield engine who can sit deep and allow the rest of Leicester’s attack to maraud forward. Finally, if Jaime Vardy and continue to harass defenders with his electric pace, then he should finish with plenty of goals. He is Fantastic Mr. Fox after all.