We are 100 % following the idea’s of Puel when it comes to downsize his squad of players, too have many players competing for a position in a team is not at all a great situation.
The first 11 is the most important and to have too many options can give you a selection problem and more ideas than you would like to think of.
Footballers who are not playing will never get better and being taken in and out of a team will never really bring the best out of the situation.
As we could see during the Premier League win season, a steady and solid selection with almost the same team in every game is the best formula and the expression “never change a winning team” got it’s renaissance.
To see so many changes taking place over the summer makes tcf a bit worried, but again it was needed. Still there are players at the club that needs to be shipped out.
Bartosz Kapustka is the latest player to leave the club and join another club on loan. The Polish international will join Italian Serie B club Benevento on a season long loan.
Ben Hamer, Robert Huth, Leo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa are all gone leaving the club permanently.
Islam Slimani, Harvey Barnes, George Thomas and Elliott Moore are out on loan at Fenerbahce, West Bromwich, Scunthorpe and Leuvens.
Reports are also that Yohan Benalouane and Danny Simpson could be leaving with clubs in France and Italy looking at Benalouane, while Simpson is linked with Stoke.
Andy King and Nampalys Mendy are also mentioned as possible loan targets, with that window closing around in Europe and in the Championship by the end of August.
This leaves Puel with this squad,
Goalkeepers: Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic,
Defenders: Pereira, Amartey, Fuchs, Chilwell, Maguire, Benkovic, Soyuncu, Evans, Maguire, Morgan, Johnson,
Midfield: Ndidi, Silva, Iborra, Albrighton, Ghezzal, Maddison, Gray, Diabate, Choudhury,
Forwards: Okazaki, Vardy, Iheanacho
Since players such as Johnson, Benkovic and Choudhury all are underaged, you have place for three more players, and Diabate will most certainly be among those listed.
Does this squad have the quality needed to make a good impression this season in the Premier League, yes it has, and a place among the top 10 will be post.