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New player reported to have signed, the squad and the way forward

DATE: 04.08.2018 /- TCF - FILBERTWAY

Claude Puel fielded his best side against Lille, of the players he had available, and got a good result. A new player is reported to be signing soon. But still there are plenty to do to get the right shape in place.

The Lille game showed that Leicester are, as they were against Valencia, more forward orientated and they are eager to attack and really push for goals. Puel will certainly try to play with all "the tools in the box".

There are also great to see so many youngsters getting a chance and really showing skills and ability that is needed to get a more pacy team with more willingness, and of course the form of Kelechi Iheanacho is really the big positive this summer.

The negative part of this is that everything is done in a very short time and it looks a bit shocking from a fans point of view to see so massive changes during a couple of weeks, despite the fact that we all knew that Puel would be looking for changes.

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Rumours out there links Leicester City with a number of players and today we can see that several tabloids reports about a new player coming in, and allready cleared for his medical, the player is Rachid Ghezzal. Algerian international currently playing for Monaco.

Other players being closely linked are Adnan Januzaj and Thorgan Hazard, who are both reporting back from the World Cup after winning bronze with Belgium. Jack Grealish is also a player that has been in the rumour mill for a while, being linked with Leicester a few weeks back.

Leicester have not signed a player to cover the position of Riyad Mahrez and with Demaraj Gray uncertain and Fousseni Diabate looking a bit unfinished and a young Layton Ndukwu as alternatives, it might be good to get a better option in.

If Leicester decides to go for Ghezzal it could still be an opening for two more players.


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Changes in the coaching staff also, with both Plancque and Appleton leaving, looks a bit strange and the plan of Puel is one not really easy to understand, and it looks more like a buss station at the moment, with players and staff coming and going.

The squad is, as Puel said, still too big and players must be shipped out. Musa is gone, but we believe that King, Kapustka, Slimani, Ulloa, Mendy and Simpson all will be leaving before the transfer window close.

Darnell Johnson is a youngster that has played a lot in the pre-season friendlies and the England U.20 international is one that Claude Puel probably is eager to keep, but the player needs first team football to progress and that will probably be a problem.

The ideal shape of a squad is to have 8 to 10 players who you regard as your certainties in your team. three or four players who are fighting for a place and very close. A couple of very expierenced players who do their job when getting a game, and then the rest up to 22 to 24 players, youngsters under the age of 23, mostly happy to be part of the progress.

This will keep most heads happy and at the same time keep the hierarchy among players in the right shape. If you ignore this, as Ranieri and maybe Shakespeare did, you will end up with a squad like Puel has inherited, it's a bit of a mess.

A number of the players who are in the "shipping out" list of Puel, might not be easy to sell since they are on heavy wages and it might be difficult to handle, then loan moves must be an option, not going around at Belvoir Drive, not being able to train properly.

To have players not playing regularly is a nightmare for a coach, and not being able to give them what they are supposed to get is a bit difficult. U.23 is not an alternetive for players over the age of 30 with loads of first team appearances, it will never work.

With both Maguire and Vardy uncertain for the game against Manchester United, it will be difficult to pick the best team, but to see both of them left out looks strange, would have named Vardy on the bench and Maguire in the team.

This is how tcf believe the Leicester City squad should look like, with the right blend of the right type of experience, age, foreign influence and winning mentality and strength.

Goalkeepers: Schmeichel, Jakupovic
Defenders: Amartey, Pereira, Evans, Morgan, Maguire, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell
Midfield: Maddison, Ndidi, Silva, Iborra, Gray, X, Albrighton, X
Forwards: Iheanacho, Vardy, Okazaki, X

Transfer List: Slimani, Kapustka, King, Mendy, James, Ulloa, Amartey, Elder, Simpson
Loan Option: Diabate, Choudhury, Gordon

To keep and challenging: Ward, Ndukwu, Johnson, Knight, Hughes

Still too many questions and not really easy to see how this squad will shape up, but still need of three more quality signings, and to make too many changes too fast is always a great risk, so very uncertain about the way forward, but hopefully it will be ok.

I am seeing a manager under a bit of pressure who are trying to make changes among players and staff to buy a bit of time for himself, but if he starts losing games, this will not give him any time.

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