Fans are of course waiting for the “big decision” the one that will settle the goal of the season for both Leicester City and Manchester United. We have covered the Harry Maguire saga during the 2019 summer, and hopefully it will end with a final conclusion.
Fans would of course like to see a scenario were Leicester City are able to keep Harry Maguire and not repeat the stories from the last three seasons when a big star move happened rather late in the transfer window.
N’Golo Kantè, Danny Drinkwater and Riyad Mahrez were all relatively late calls and the same could be with Harry as he is still and will be in the “shop window” as long as someone are willing to pay a new World record fee for a defender.
TCF believe that either way the squad needs to be trimmed a bit, and a number of players can be off during pre-season, but to put anything into the first game against Scunthorpe will be difficult.
You cannot leave Harry Maguire out of the squad as long as he play for Leicester City and you need to keep him fresh and part of pre-season training as long as no one is close to agreeing a price or giving Leicester City a good enough bid.
The talk about Phil Jones and his possible “swap” might be an option to get a reduced price, but it looks as if Brendan Rodgers is reluctant to such a happening. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked as if he is planning with Jones next season as the defender scored one of the goals in the pre-season game v. Leeds. Jones has been down to a lot of criticism in the last couple of seasons and no longer a first choice for England.
Phil Jones is just 27 years of age, a previous PL winner and a player with 27 England caps to his name. He is a raw tackler and knows a bit about playing alongside Jonny Evans. The amount of defenders at Manchester United is also a talking point, as no one looks eager to leave. Smalling, Jones, Bailly, Rojo, Lindelof and one bright talent in 21 year old Tuanzebe (spending last season on loan at Aston Villa) are all options and with Maguire you would add another central defender.
A few players have signed for Leicester City a bit unnoticed. They are all very interesting young prospects and can go on to become valuable players for the club in the future. Ali Reghba is a young forward signed from Bohemians after being on trial last season. Seen as one of the most interesting players to come through in the Irish league and is known for his goal scoring.
Another young forward, England U.20 international George Hirst has agreed to move from sister club Leuven where he played last season, scored 3 goals in 22 games, since joining the Belgian club from Sheffield Wednesday. Hirst has netted 7 goals in 13 U.20 internationals. The tall forward is one exciting prospect and one to really watch.
The last player to introduce among those young new faces is former Arsenal defender Vontae Daley-Campbell. Still only 18 years of age, seen as a right back alternative. Will be very interesting to follow the development of the England u.18 international as he progress through the Leicester City academy program.
Brendan Rodgers is still not 100% finished with his summer transfer activity as he is looking to add maybe one or even two new faces to his squad, looking for an offensive midfielder and probably another flank alternative. Check out our new and fresh updated hot, cool and cold list with the alternatives circulating as possible new signings in those positions.