Why Leicester City should avoid certain types of transfers in front of next season

Leicester City are in the race for a place in Champions League next season, and they can of course progress from their position this season. This is not luck or a one season happening, it’s a team in the making with some of the best players in Premier League.

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So to see rumours about Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and a few more chased by other clubs should just be ignored by the owners as they all are on long term contracts and in a team that could challenge for a new PL title.

When you see the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City chasing the players of a club that at the moment are third, it’s a signal that shows how good this football team can be and are, despite a few setbacks in the restart of the season just managing draws against Brighton and Watford.

The key for Brendan Rodgers is to keep his players and add a bit of quality, and hopefully ship out those who are not regarded good enough for the bench. It’s a copy and paste formula of Pep and Jurgen Klopp who are the minds behind the best teams at the moment.

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There could be space for one or two new players, but must admit being riddled by the way Brendan Rodgers picked his team for the Brighton game, just ignoring Graham Potter’s players and believe that Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho and Nampalys Mendy would be “good enough”, when you know inside your head that all of them would have struggled to get into the Brighton team.

The team that played against Watford, changing Albrighton with Perez, would be the ideal set up going forward and just change players if they are injured, fatigue or falling in performance.

None of the players linked at the moment would walk into the Leicester City team and therefor signing them would be totally idiotic and a player that looks close to a move William Carvalho might struggle to get in and would just become another sub seat warmer, and that is not the way forward.

Leicester 0, Brighton 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Surprisingly Brendan Rodgers decided to make changes to his line-up and even change his system, which TCF believed from the start would upset the balance and harmony of the team, it certainly didn’t work well.

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The fact that you are in the position to win a place in the Champions League next season should be enough to try to play your best team in every game coming up and do changes to the line-up and make substitutions when the game is killed, not weaken your team from start as Brendan Rodgers did, playing Mendy, Iheanacho and Gray and even go for a 4-4-2 formation, isolating Vardy and give him less space up front.

Brighton were prepared and was the better team in the first half with big thanks to Kasper Schmeichel who kept Leicester in the game with a splended penalty save, holding a draw at half time.

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Why Brendan Rodgers decided to play two defensive holding midfielders, and decide to play James Maddison out wide is a riddle for dimention, nothing worked and players looked totally out of it not finding a normal rythm as they are used to in 4-3-3.

Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho together with Nampalys Mendy were given starts instead of Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes, what a strange idea. Might try to rest a few players, and even Ayoze Perez was not given a start.

It’s sad to see that the three players that got a chance all were substituted in the 2nd half, surely telling a story of a manager that missed his game plan heavily and did mistakes in his selection.

Everything could have been a bit different if a clear handball on Dunk in the final minutes had resulted in a penalty, but the referee and VAR never reacted. This was probably the only thing that could have saved the day for Leicester City.

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A sad affair, a strange approach from Brendan Rodgers and not really easy to accept that four points have been thrown away in these two first games, sadly it could cost Leicester City a chance to play in the CL next season, but doing what Brendan did with his line-up and system made him and the team suffer.

This could surely not have been worked on at the training field and if Brendan Rodges decides to make stupid mistakes also in the next games coming up, cannot understand why, it’s a real shame.

  • Positives
    • Kasper Schmeichel, solid performance
    • Attacking full backs
  • Negatives:
    • Changing system and line-up, not to the better
    • Players looks riddled by the tactics and the position they were played in
    • Tielemans on the bench, sad to see creativity lost at home, a shame
    • Perez not playing in front of Iheancho, Mendy and Gray, another shame
    • No goals scored, not creating chances at all
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Mendy 5, Ndidi 6, Gray 5, Iheanacho 4, Vardy 5, Subs: Perez, Barnes, Tielemans

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 67 / 33
  • Corners: 11 / 9
  • Shots on target: 2 / 1
  • Fouls: 10 / 13

Watford 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Football was back and nice to see the faces of Brendan Rodgers, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare leading the teams out at Vicarage Road, and it looked as a friendly happening and a cool atmosphere around the place.

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We have followed the Bundesliga for a while and to see a game without attendances has been the normal and you start to get used to it, and again it was like a friendly atmosphere as part of a pre-season set up.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers lined up a team that looked solid in all areas and with the absence of Ricardo Pereira, injured at the moment, James Justin was the only surprise among the 11. To see Marc Albrighton out there was no surprise as his form was fantastic before the PL closed in March.

Albrighton came close with a shot, hitting the post, but before Ben Chilwell’s fantastic goal it wasn’t much happening in front of the two goals. Leicester were solid in their back four and Kasper Schmeichel had a realtively silent day in goal.

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Again Brendan Rodgers must address his frustration towards a group of players who cannot keep the lead for a few minutes into stoppage time and letting a player like Craig Dawson getting a chance to score. It’s absolutely crazy to see what happens in this final minutes of the game and that no one is taking the lead and stopping Watford.

To get away from Vicarage Road with a point is not bad, and it’s a good point, but it should have been all three, and what fantastic result it would have been with that fantastic shot from Chilwell settling everything. But just minutes after not being able to keep this alive is a dreadfull experience.

Nice to see Demarai Gray coming on and assisting Ben Chilwell brilliantly for his goal and hoping he will contribute for the rest of the season. Hamza Choudhury and Kelechi Iheanacho also came on in the game.

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Leicester City are now on 54 points and with Man Utd. Tottenham and Arsenal not able to win and even Arsenal losing all points away to Brighton, we can be in front of keeping the 3rd place and hope for more points in the next event coming up soon.

  • Positives
    • Playing comfortably away, keeping possession
    • Albrighton still has it, a good performance
    • Ben Chilwell’s goal, what a beauty
  • Negatives:
    • Not being able to kill this game and win comfortably
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Chilwell 7, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Maddison 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Albrighton 7, Barnes 6, Vardy 6 Subs: Gray, Iheanacho, Choudhury

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Ben Chilwell

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 32 / 68
  • Corners: 2 / 7
  • Shots on target: 4 / 2
  • Fouls: 15 / 12

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