To see todays performance v. Newcastle United it is no fault whatsoever in the way Leicester City goes into the game and easily picks up three points from this event.
Daniel Amartey is playing to his very best, and Tcf has seen him impressive in other games in this position before, especially last seasons performance v. Leeds United in the Carabao Cup, showed promise, but then against better and top opposition he is easilly exposed one to one and falls flat to the floor.
The right side at Leicester City were during the fantastic PL win season two years ago a defensive fortress and one giving the team a great possibility to combine the switch of Mahrez and Albrighton.
Danny Simpson who played most games on right back in that season and also did so in the next two seasons to come, were often exposed heavily, but with Kante covering for a more offensive role of Mahrez and Albrighton switching over, made Simpson so crucial.
Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel have all been sceptic about using Danny Simpson and tried alternative players, but again gone back to use him. Simpson is to date the best right back at Leicester City since the days of Steve Whitworth, so this is really a difficult situation.
Simpson was the one playing at right back in those fantastic wins and showing his best skills against the best players in the Premier League, so far no other right back has managed to do that, and others have been heavily stressed against the best clubs.
We surely believed Ricardo Pereira was signed to build on the standards of Danny Simpson, and when he was seen as “finished” that Pereira would be taking over the job. The big surprise is to see Daniel Amartey covering the right back position.
Amartey (23) has in a way been retrained to fill the right back, since he at FC Copenhagen and for his country Ghana was or is used in totally different positions, covering the central defender or defensive midfielder role, places that also Claudio Ranieri used him.
Amartey could of course grow into this position and in the last two games against two weak teams, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United, he has been playing better, but without almost no pressure, and not exposed or threatened much by the opponents.
Would have loved to see Marc Albrighton in the team, up on the right flank or to the left switching as he did a few years ago, and Tcf believe that Leicester City are better with the former Aston Villa flank midfielder in the team.
Sadly, Claude Puel disagrees, using Amartey, and Pereira further up in the field. The problem is that as we predicted, Pereira is not adaptable to defend against the best teams in this division as we all could see against Bournemouth. Amartey is not adaptable to be an attacking right back and surely sitting low and just like Simpson, not showing enough in the offensive part of the game.
So then why is Danny Simpson not used in every game, and why is Amartey a preferred choice in front of Ricardo Pereira, this upsets balance in the team and makes it a problem. Pereria, Diabate and Ghezzal are all players brought in by Claude Puel, what is the real purpose and what was the grand plan, to build a squad or peak a first 11?
All credit to Claude Puel for the performance v. Newcastle United, but without using Marc Albrighton and Danny Simpson, the way the team is composed at the moment, it’s difficult to see that this is the master plan for the long term future.
We are all happy with a great win away at St James Park, but hopefully January will see the players needed signed to bring in the right balance to the right, and please ship out those you don’t need anymore. Can’t see the pattern with Ghezzal, Albrighton, Pereira and Amartey ambulating and switched from game to game.
We all could see against Bournemouth how the back positions were exposed, how difficult things became for Chilwell and Pereira in a game against a team that put pressure on the Leicester City defense. How stupid Morgan and Maguire looked when they tried to solve a problem with a two man defense.
Would have loved to questioned Puel about his right side strategy and what his plan is to cover this crucial part of a team and system. This type of rotation between so many players in two positions that surely are crucially important to keep steady and well build.
We are all looking forward to January to see if this will be taken care off or if Puel will switch and twist, sorry, cannot see a central defender such as Daniel Amartey being a right back when the going gets tough and the tough gets going.