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.
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.
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.
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,
- Kasper Schmeichel
- Danny Ward
- Ricardo Pereira
- Christian Fuchs
- James Justin
- Wes Morgan
- Filip Benkovic
- Caglar Soyuncu
- Jonny Evans
- Youri Tielemans
- Wilfred Ndidi
- Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
- Hamza Choudhury
- James Maddison
- Marc Albrighton
- 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.
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.
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.