Interesting views from Claude Puel after his recent press conference talking about the way he will approach this new transfer window, and he also explained what to do and not to do over this more and more special period regarding transfer activity.
In the past windows we all remember the club and previous managers doing a bit of business and also making crucial signings for the future of the club and other moves that never turned out as they were supposed to.
Andrej Kramaric was a January window buy, back in 2015. Not that long ago actually, but times passing by. Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray were two Ranieri signings back in January 2016, and again Claudio Ranieri managed to sign Wilfred Ndidi in 2017, turning out be become a very iportant player for the club.
In the last January window, the only one under Claude Puel, Fousseni Diabate was the only player to join, and we believe that Claude also in this window will do little or no activitiy, due to the current squad and the situation at the club.
A number of players could leave, and also believed that others will during this period be offered new deals. Wes Morgan is reported to be offered an extension, and Tcf believe that would be well deserved still playing good enough to be regarded as a first teamer also next season.
Danny Simpson is one that could be leaving, so could Shinji Okazaki and Andy King, Matty James is also a player ready to prove himself and a loan or even a full term transfer could be happening. Adrien Silva is a walking transfer, but not sure if Leicester City and his former club Sporting can find a solution.
Leicester City have not officially announced a new signing, but a lot of media has reported on the matter, and everything looks a bit strange. The new player in question is 24 year old former Juve youth forward Davide Lorenzo.
Lorenzo had a short and unsuccessful visit in Norwegian football. A trial with, then third tier club, Raufoss. He was as at Leicester a big talk, but ended with the stamp “not good enough” and he was not offered a contract. Lorenzo then flirted with New York Cosmos, New York Red Bulls and Nice and the same happened there, this time it was Leicester City’s turn to be seduced by this players charm and stories.
We cannot believe that Leicester City would give a 24 year old striker a contract, not announcing it officially and place him in the U23’s. He might have been given a trial, and was listed as a member in the Soccerway database, but has since been removed. Tcf believe the words of Puel that he needs to train, and probably his selfies with the first team players will be the last seen of Lorenzo at Leicester City.
A rumor about Jamie Vardy handing in a transfer request, must be regarded as “fake news”. With the helicopter accident in mind, Vardy’s current new deal just starting to run, family and academy obligations, would probably be enough reasons to believe that such a story is taken out of “thin air”.
Vardy was quoted on his comments about Puel and how he had struggled to find his way, playing in a different structure and style than what he had been used to. The fact that he was dropped from the Carabao Cup team v. Man City and the lack of goals so far this season, must have been a reason for “someone close to the club” to leak from his own head a fabricated story that had no real substance, and been printed like “fresh cookies” around on the different UK tabloids.
The Vardy winning goal scored against Chelsea, made them suddenly a hot favorite in the race for his signature, but as we all know, Vardy is past his 30’s and Chelsea never sign players above that age, as part of their philosophy, so no substance there either.
But a rumor to be looking at is the one linking Baghdad Bounedjah to Leicester City. The Algerian international is currently with Qatar club Al Sadd and so far in 2018 scored goals like no one else in football.
The 27 year old forward is available for a fee around £10 million, and his goalscoring ratio is one to notice. Bounedjah joined Al Sadd in 2015 and has so far scored 69 goals in 50 league games. In his previous career he has also scored loads of goals, and impressive 7 in 17 internationals for Algeria.
Leeds United is also mentioned as a possible new destination, but we will all see if anything materialize. if his level is better than Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho he will probably be one to consider, but this has to be adressed.
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