Leicester City in transfer chase, Tottenham likely to make bids, as West Bromwich eying shock return

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Leicester City is heavily linked with Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans. The 21 year old Monaco starlet is according to HITC close to agreeing terms with an English club.

Why Leicester City should go after a player from a team where he has played in the heart of midfield, losing his place to Cesc Fabregas, and really not looking like the player this club needs at this moment.

With Adrien Silva and Andy King, together with Matty James as experienced alternatives alongside Wilfred Ndidi, Hamza Choudhury and Nampalys Mendy in the heart of midfield, the club and the manager should honor those and not believe that everything in sight of a possible transfer could be a better option.

Tielemans is valued to around £20 million as different websites are measuring out the value and the asking price. So who is this Tielemans, playing in a struggling Monaco side that has already sacked two managers this season.

He has done all the right moves in football, being capped at all different youth levels for his country Belgium. He made his full international debut back in 2016, and was before his move to French football a growing talent at Anderlecht.

His impressive tallies of appearances in the Belgian league at a very young age tells a story of a talent with probably a huge potential, but doesn’t Leicester City have enough young starlets in the midfield area, and with late reports saying Adrien Silva will stay at Leicester City this looks like a big and risky gamble.

Tottenham are reported to be in the chase as well and could be a better option for the young Belgian, as he could get a “softer” introduction by Tottenham who could nurse him into becoming a great Premier League midfielder, which would be possible. To see another young player being thrown to the “wolves” at Leicester City and again seeing “the kids army” beeing over represented in the squad at King Power.

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Strangely reports are out about a possible Harvey Barnes return to West Bromwich Albion, saying that the staff at Leicester City believe it’s a bit early for Barnes at Premier League level. Barnes has since returning to Leicester made two appearances, one from the bench and one from start, scoring a goal againt Wolves, yes it was his goal, not a stupid own goal as it was decided to be.

To see this news about Barnes is a real surprise After watching Harvey Barnes in two games for Leicester City, in the position he is playing, his pace might be seen “not good enough” for a PL player, but hard to judge him on just those two appearances. Interesting to see what will happen until the deadline.

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Overlooked and ignored by Klopp, could Leicester City snatch this forgotten Liverpool talent

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Claude Puel has said he will not go out in the transfer market this January, despite seeing daily players linked with Leicester City. New names pops up from all over the planet, and as Mercury, so perfectly describes the phenomena, it’s basically fake news being placed to keep interest in players who are seen as close targets for other clubs.

To see Bournemouth snatch good players in front of other clubs is so strange. Why will full internationals and players with a huge potential join The Cherries. This is out of our reach to understand but again, maybe Eddie Howe is the man they all want to play for, certainly a great manager.

Talking about Liverpool, in their chase for Premier League trophies, they have used mostly the same team week in and week out and a number of good fringe players are overlooked and desperately needs first team football at a certain level.

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Leicester City are “softly linked” with Danny Drinkwater, and today Southampton forward Charlie Austin is back in the frame as a spossible target for Puel. Charlie Austin was a “hot link” for Leicester City in the weeks before signing for Saints, so to see his name back in that section is no surprise.

But looking at the age of Austin and the way of player he is, would not regard him as an ideal player for Leicester City. Why not take a look at Divock Origi. The 23 year old forward, who also can operate on the flank, is an ideal player for Puel.

He is quick and have the ability to score, he is not an old man, have great experience at such as young age and one that could at least be an option on loan, with almost no chance of getting into the league leaders first team.

Despite being on the fringe at Liverpool, he has kept his place in the Belgium squad, so far played 25 times for his country. His scoring ratio is probably not as high as we could have liked, but not strange since a lot of Origi’s appearances are as a late sub, coming on and getting little or no game time on games played.

Would like to see this player in action for a quality team alongside some quality players, and why not Leicester City were he would fit in either alongside Jamie Vardy, or as a flank alternative.

Vital key in squad building ignored by Claude Puel, could it be of crucial importance

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Claude Puel and also other managers are often ignoring certain points when they build a squad or add new players in key positions. The left footed central defender is of great importance and we feel that you need to address this when building a winning team.

France won the World Cup in the summer with Barcelona defender, left footed, Samuel Umtiti in the heart of defense. Jan Vertonghen also left footed, key player being part of a very strong central defense at Spurs, and also winning a World Cup bronze with Belgium in Russia.

England played with Harry Maguire to the left, so does Leicester City, so why use your best central defender to the left when he is surely a right footed player. Why are Gareth Southgate and Claude Puel ignoring the fact that using, right footed, Maguire to the left is limiting him as a player.

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Leicester City doesn’t have a left footed central defender in their squad, so why add a lot of right footed players in this postion when it is of great importance to have at least one left footed player to use. Christian Fuchs could be an answer, but not seen by Puel as an alternative alongside Maguire.

The strange fact is that Jurgen Klopp also compensate with using his best player in probably not his best position, playing right footed Virgil Van Dijk to the left in the defense again limiting the ability of his best performer, compensating for lack of quality in other personal.

Klopp let, probably his best option, counting out Van Dijk, Mamadou Sakho leave for Crystal Palace. He is left footed and one who we believe could have been massive in that chase for a possible PL title.

Pep Guardiola added Aymeric Laporte to his squad last season, and the French, left footed, defender is now an important player in the heart of Man City’s defense, adding quality and ability not present before.

Many pundits address the weakest link in the Manchester United team to be the defense, and of course, they also lack the quality of a left footed central defender, probably why Mr. Mourinho tried to bring in Jan Vertonghen from Spurs in the summer.

When you play to the left in defense and you are exposed by forwards or wingers passing the player outside you, then it will be natural to tackle and place yourself correctly without turning, something a right footed player must do. This is also crucial in late stages of a game when clearing the ball and also your marking of the opponent will of course be of importance.

We have of course seen many teams win cups and league trophies without this balance, as Leicester City did with Morgan and Huth, both right footed, but if you can, try to bring in a quality left footed central defender in your squad it will never be wrong, and today Leicester City have “nada”.

Tcf believe that missing this vital key in your squad building might cost you a number of points during a season and especially in games when you are mostly defending and having to push of pressure from the opponent, thats why probably Deschamps, Pochettino and Guardiola all have fixed this hole in their teams and by doing so probably seen this little fine detail to be a small inch ahead of other teams in chasing trophies.

Will be interesting to see how many trophies Man City will win this season still fighting in four competitions, reaching the Carabao Cup final, and chasing Liverpool in the Premier League. Could this vital detail in your team, Man City having Laporte, bring all the trophies to The Etihad this season.

Only 20% of players in professional football are left footed, and of course then a challenge to find the best. To see who are the best left footed central defenders, you can click here

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