Leicester City are again flying after a great home Premier League win v. Huddersfield Town and another master performance in the penalty shoot outs v. Wolves, seeing them through to the 4th round of the Carabao Cup.
But on the horizon there are always shadows and other vultures lurking in the wind. Leicester City’s head of recruitment Eduardo Macia is a “wanted man” around in Europe at the moment.
First it was Aston Villa who were rumored to tempt the highly rated scout away from Leicester City with job as director of football being mentioned. To see Macia moving to a Championship club and start doing a different job looks unlikely.
The Spaniard has worked with the best in the trade in the last two decades and to see the name Claudio Ranieri again “blinking” behind this recruitment, gives me more and more feelings about a move that has in a way worked wonders, but is it all glooming.
Macia joined Leicester City in september 2016, so all the moves done before that was not initiated by the highly rated Leicester City man. But looking at what has happened since is a real sensational run of fantastic signings.
This has not gone unnoticed around in Europe with clubs such as AC Milan, his former employer Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham United all mentioned, but will they be able to lure him away from “mighty” Leicester City.
Under the time Macia has been at Leicester City, players such as Wilfred Ndidi, Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, Adrien Silva, Caglar Soyuncu, Filip Benkovic and Ricardo Pereira has signed, so has Adrian Silva, Vicente Iborra and Rachid Ghezzal.
Not to forget, the recruitment of Danny Ward, watching him against Wolves, you would say that he is a fantastic capture, truly overlooked by Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool who reported this summer that the club had a huge goalkeeper problem, great job by Macia, if he was involved and had something to say in this transfer, which looked a bit overvalued to a price of £ 12 million, but again, The Wales international showed skills that shows that he is a great goalkeeper in rise.
The fact that some of the most talented youngsters in the game chose to move to East Midlands in England far from the big cities and the life of glam, you start to think how Macia is working together with the recruitment staff and management at Leicester.
The big issue for Leicester City at the moment is how to nurse all this talent and to get the best out of it, and also to keep Macia busy, since flying around Europe is probably not the way forward for Leicester City at the moment.
The squad of talent is huge, but you don’t need much more and with a group of players out on loan, some not able to get into the first team squad and also trying to bring forward talent from the U.23 set up, makes it a difficult path.
Macia has done a lot of scouting and the recruitment department has been busy since September 2016, but we just have to wait and see how eagerness for top talent will be able to blend into a group and in the plans of Claude Puel.
Macia couldn’t save Ranieri, but seeing the job done by the man that came to the club as a replacement for Steve Walsh is one to be impressed about, and the recruitment has been good.
The squad is at the moment a bit thick so Macia might be eager to find another place to work, since new players will be difficult to get in, without anyone moving out. The players at Leicester City are at the moment on “solid wages” so to get them out could be a problem. Macia likes to be busy and see moves happen, so that could be a reason why he might see the job at Leicester City done, without us knowing anything about that.
Hopefully Macia will stay and be important also for Claude Puel in the future, but again the current manager is not afraid of change as he has replaced both Planque and Appleton.