Looking back at previous transfer windows could be a possible way to predict Leicester City’s deals this summer. TCF have taken a look back and it’s fun to just see what happened from the 2014/15 window until last summer.
You can look at the deal in three different categories, signing experienced players for a low fee or on a free, big money buys and the addition of young and unproven talent. Over the years that has been the moves made.
We have seen players in their mid 30’s or even older join, with the likes of Kevin Phillips, Matt Upson, Esteban Cambiasso and Mark Schwarzer in that category. This is a vital group in a squad and teams without players at this age seldom see any type of success.
At the moment Leicester City have Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Eldin Jakupovic, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs in that category. We could see a 32 year old Adam Lallana joining on a nominal fee from Liverpool and also Ryan Bennett being a potential addition, with Jonny Evans also sliding in and be part of those most experienced with Jakupovic probably leaving after the season end.
Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs looks certain to be moving on after 2020/21. Lallana is a brilliant type, a very mature and experienced guy with a great attitude and knowing Brendan Rodgers well from the past.
To be successful and have a chance to win major trophies you need your best and regular players in the age between 25 and 30. If you look at all the clubs winning trophies and as we did see with Leicester City in the 2015/16 season they had a perfect blend in that first 11 with an avarage about 28 to 29 years of age, it’s ideal.
William Carvalho (28) would be an ideal signing as he slides straight into that age group, and at the moment Leicester City looks a bit “too young” to win anything. Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans are all fantastic players, but probably need a year or two to bring trophies to the cabinet.
Talent are blooming at Leicester City at the moment and to have so many fantastic youngsters coming through is great, but often giving a bit of over excitement as that might blend you and thinking of a bright future, but football is here and now and you cannot build for the future when you are in the middle of a fight for trophies and European qualification, but of course have that in mind.
Leicester City are usually linked with a great number of players in the age group from 18 to 25 and also signing prospects often seen as “huge potential” with a transition process needed to make the break to the next level.
We have then made up the list of our predicted in’s and out’s over the summer, and this is how believe it will end up, due to the financial aspect and that Brendan Rodgers intend to keep his best players at the club.
The rumour about Luka Jovic is also one to consider, but it all depends on how many of the fringe players you can get out and sold for a fee that balances the book of transfers.
- Coming in
- William Carvalho, Real Betis, £25million
- Adam Lallana, Liverpool, Undisclosed
- Ryan Bennett, Wolves, £5million
- Noel Cantwell, Norwich City, £15million
- Going out
- Kelechi Iheanacho, Newcastle United, £25million
- Islam Slimani, Undisclosed
- Adrian Silva, Undisclosed
- Daniel Amartey, Undisclosed
- Nampalys Mendy, Undisclosed
- Dennis Praet, Loan
- Fousseni Diabatte, Undisclosed
- Bartosz Kapustka, Undisclosed
- Rachid Ghezzal, Undisclosed
- Matty James, Loan
- Filip Benkovic, Loan
The squad as we see it next season,
- Kasper Schmeichel
- Danny Ward
- Daniel Iversen
- Ricardo Pereira
- James Justin
- Christian Fuchs
- Ben Chilwell
- Luke Thomas
- Ryan Bennett
- Wes Morgan
- Jonny Evans
- Caglar Soyuncu
- Josh Knight
- William Carvalho
- James Maddison
- Youri Tielemans
- Hamza Choudhury
- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
- Adam Lallana
- Marc Albrighton
- Jamie Vardy
- Noel Cantwell
- Harvey Barnes
- Demarai Gray
- Ayoze Perez