Will the arrival of Adrian Silva kickstart Leicester's season
DATE: 16.11.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
Who would have thought that the departure of
midfield maestro Danny Drinkwater to champions, Chelsea, would have
created such a furore of events at the King Power Stadium?
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The then-Foxes boss, Craig
Shakespeare was forced to move quickly to sign a replacement with
Drinkwater leaving late in the August transfer window and Sporting
Lisbon’s Adrien Silva appeared to fit the bill – a player coming
into the prime of his career at 28 and with a solid goalscoring
record of 32 goals in 168 competitive games for Sporting.
The despair of City only being able to finalise the paperwork on the
transfer a mere 14 seconds after the August deadline left the Foxes
light in midfield until the New Year and eventually cost Shakespeare
his job.Silva has
voiced his anger at FIFA’s decision to reject City’s appeal to
enable him to play before
January, leaving the midfield schemer lacking match sharpness and
facing the prospect of missing out on a place in the Portuguese
national squad for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.Domestically,
Silva has been unable to help City in their bid to secure their
position in the top half of the table again this term.
With more than a quarter of the season now elapsed, the Foxes sit
just four points above the drop zone, but equally only two points
below eighth-placed Brighton.
The surprising appointment of Claude Puel after his back-door exit
from mid-table rivals Southampton raised many eyebrows in the East
Midlands but credible recent wins over Swansea and Everton and a
battling draw at Stoke have raised expectations about better times
still being ahead at the KP.
Certainly, most fears of relegation have been allayed among the
betting fraternity, with
football tips pricing the Foxes as long as 25/1 for the drop
So, where will Silva slot in to Puel’s system come January? In the
2-2 draw at Stoke, Leicester lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, with
Demarai Gray and Shinji Okazaki playing either side of central
striker, Jamie Vardy. Meanwhile, a fit and firing Riyad Mahrez was
in the midfield trio alongside Iborra and Ndidi.
The latter is very much seen as a holding midfielder to screen the
backline so it would appear that Silva will be in competition with
Mahrez and Iborra for a start. In fact, cynics might suggest that
Silva was signed as a replacement for Mahrez, who
looked highly likely to depart for pastures new in August.
But with the Algerian wizard still in LE1,
Puel is going to have to find a system that accommodates both of his
potential match-winners – if Mahrez doesn’t ‘do one’ in January, of
course!. Silva is certainly a box-to-box player, with the ability to
score double figures in a season.
He was player-of-the-season at Sporting back in 2014/15 when he
notched 10 competitive goals and helped his side to win the
At 5ft 9”, he certainly doesn’t have the physical prowess that
Iborra possesses at 6ft 3”, but they could certainly link up well
together as part of a midfield three, moving Mahrez either further
up the pitch or selling him on.
Portuguese has been linked previously to both Chelsea and Tottenham,
underlining his standing and pedigree in the game, so Silva will
certainly be welcomed into the squad with open arms for a gruelling
second half of the campaign.
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