Leicester City confirm departure and new arrivals imminent, Atalanta, Burnley and Celtic in the mix!

Leicester City looks close to confirm first summer signing with Timothy Castagne believed to be the player that first will arrive at King Power, and we can expect more moves to happen just after that.

Odsonne Eduoard looks to have slipped, but midfielder Callum McGregor is close to a medical according to the best of sources. McGregor (27) looks as a likely signing and bringing in more power and tackling ability in the midfield area.

Burnley flank midfielder Dwight McNeill, could also be in as Brendan Rodgers have found the players he likes to add to a squad that also will see a number of players leave, believed to be Dennis Praet (Torino) and Demarai Gray (Spurs) who both have played in pre-season but might seek new adventures to be able to play more regular first team football.

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Ryan Loft who was a U.23 player at Leicester City and signed from Tottenham Hotspur has since being released moved to Scunthorpe United. Loft spent last season on loan at Carlisle United and might be in the correct element joining a League One club.

Why Leicester City are so keen to sign Timothy Castagne to be the ideal replacement for Ben Chilwell, might be strange since he is a right footed player and currently playing at right-back at Atalanta, but his ability to play in different positions and also the fact that he can play further up the field makes him an ideal player as Brendan Rodgers looks to flirt with a three men defence and then Castagne can be pushed up to also play in a flank midfield role.

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Timothy Castagne has earlier been close to joining Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, with Lee Congerton the man to trust to finally get the player they once chased a few years back but Atalanta won the race back then.

But as we try to look in the crystal ball we might be wrong as so many players are linked with Leicester City, but with Sky Sports starting to recognize these rumours and finally putting their mark on a player, he should be close.

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Leicester City looks to lose battle for major target, but still in the race for other players, Galatasaray, Monaco and Celtic in the mix!

The sale of Ben Chilwell was obviously happening, but so far no new players have arrived and it could be, as we wrote yesterday, few new faces coming in, with Odsonne Edouard now also looks as slipping with an insane price tag to his name.

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To pay £40million for a player who is, no offense, playing in a league with minor quality and not yet proven himself at the highest level, would be a tall experiment. The recent experience for Celtic v. Ferencvaros it’s not really boosting confidence either and then to go out and buy one of their players for that monumental fee would not be wise.

When selling Ben Chilwell for a lower fee than expected, you cannot go out and splash the cash on someone you are not certain would get into the starting eleven, so we believe that we will not see a number of big changes at all, but that said, moves could happen.

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Fans demand action and they love a new face, but at Leicester City at the moment we just have to be patient and trust Brendan Rodgers in his verdicts and values as he moves the club forward.

Norwegian international Omar Elabdellaoui has left Olympiakos and joined Turkish club Galatasaray, earlier also seen linked with Leicester City, but the former Hull City loan man is now ready for new adventures. Earlier today it was also announced that Juventus have secured the services of Weston McKennie, so the Schalke 04 and USA international midfielder is now moved to “lost”.

A couple of names are now on the rise to the “hot” section, and we have updated our “hot, cool and cold” list, don’t miss out this Sunday morning.

Who should stay, who should go, Sevilla the club to follow and why Brendan Rodgers should stick to his plan A

There are of course questions at the moment, regarding both departures and new additions, but from the games in pre-season we do see a certain pattern, all in all to keep players injury free is the vital key to everything.

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Last season when Harry Maguire was sold, all sorts of players were linked to fill the gap, but instead Brendan Rodgers decided to give Caglar Soyuncu the chance to shine and he was heavily rewarded, with the Turkish international to perform as brightly as no one would have expected.

This could also be the perfect decision again this season, just to scrap the idea of using millions of pounds on a risky project and instead let James Justin get a chance to establish himself at the left back position as we hope Brendan will swop the England U.21 international from his cover job at the right.

We are not certain that playing with three in defense is a good plan. A very difficult system to adapt to, so please Brendan go back to your 4-3-3 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1 if you like, that is more suited with the squad that you have to your disposal.

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We know that Brendan Rodgers likes to pick his team from a group of 18 to 20 players and to have a smaller squad to pick from, that is a good rythm to live by. The talk of having covers in all areas might be something that should be scrapped as an idea as you need to keep everyone fresh and ready and give them all regular first team football, but you should be looking at a club such as Sevilla, the current winner of the Europa league. They are a settled group of 17 to 18 players and also manage do well in La Liga.

The myth of having all sorts of covers and keeping good players and heavy signings in the closet will not make them better, so when they are called on they are not match fit and not ready for such a challenge.

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A lot of fringe players must be shipped out and as we have seen in this pre-season, none of those Ghezzal’s, Slimani’s or Silva’s have been involved and hopefully they will find a way out of the club.

We would like to see Leicester City in a settled 4-3-3 system and never change it, but change players as you are either more offensive or defensive from game to game. To change the system might be a fatal error in the chase for points as movement and balance is heavily upset in your own team, trying to adapt to the opposition, you should rather adjust in levels of pressure, and just keep that system settled.

We have selected a group of 18 to 20 players, and hope the U.23 players challenging, that will be the ideal scenario as we are settling for the following,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Kasper Schmeichel
    • Danny Ward
  • Defenders
    • Ricardo Pereira
    • Christian Fuchs
    • James Justin
    • Wes Morgan
    • Filip Benkovic
    • Caglar Soyuncu
    • Jonny Evans
  • Midfield
    • Youri Tielemans
    • Wilfred Ndidi
    • Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
    • Hamza Choudhury
    • James Maddison
    • Marc Albrighton
  • Forwards
    • Ayoze Perez
    • Jamie Vardy
    • Demarai Gray
    • Kelechi Iheanacho
    • Harvey Barnes

There are enough talent in this group to be able to copy last seasons achievements, but to believe in better things to appear, you might not find that scenario by signing more players and increase the group.

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TCF is not a big fan of Nampalys Mendy, he is not a player to pick if you would like to reach new levels, but to have him as a cover might be ok, but do see Mendy possibly loaned out, with other options looking better, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall above in our pecking order, a more complete player that also can score goals. Leicester City do also have Sidnei Tavares available and he has allready shown, together with Luke Thomas, that the two can be good alternatives to call on if injuries strikes in different positions.

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So those fans always touting their meanings and strong opinions on new players, and those who love to see a new face that can solve all their problems and also engineer the next big thing to happen, might be frustrated.  But if the rumours about Kelechi Iheanacho, Demarai Gray and Dennis Praet leaving are true, then there would be space to add one or two new faces, but as TCF sees it, without new shipments out, it will not be made many new signings.

 

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