We of course don’t believe that every player getting linked with a move to Leicester City is going to sign, that will never happen, but it’s obvious that some of them would have been good moves for the club.Embed from Getty Images
Ollie Watkins is the latest player of those we have seen linked with Leicester City that instead has agreed a move to another club, this time Aston Villa. The reason behind such a decision is really easy to understand, with a better chance to play in the first team.
Since Leicester City won the PL, it’s been mixed experiences from the players who have joined and it’s been more misfits than players who have really benefitted from a move. Harry Maguire and James Maddison together with Ricardo Pereira and after a season in the shadows also Caglar Soyuncu must be said to have climbed the mountain. Not to forget Wilfred N’Didi, Jonny Evans and Youri Tielemans, who are all steady selected by Brendan Rodgers.
But for a lot of other players it’s been a scary scenario, with Adrien Silva the worst example, missing months of action due to a late signature and jeopardizing his career and not being able to win a place in the first team at Leicester City though he did cost £22million.Embed from Getty Images
Islam Slimani, at his arrival, a record signing of £28million, not really given a proper chance to establish himself and not really a player that fitted into the first eleven at all. Slimani was a very different character from Shinji Okazaki and never really seen as a replacement for him, though that was the position that was available, it was at no time any reason to replace Jamie Vardy. But when the move for Slimani was negotiated it was also a risk to miss Jamie Vardy, who was close to joining Arsenal, and with him out of the picture, it would have been a totally different life for the Algerian international.
Ahmed Musa was signed to replace Riyad Mahrez, and it was at a time a possible risk that it would have happened, with Mahrez linked with Chelsea and Arsenal. Musa made a disastrous choice and with him and Mahrez both in the team it didn’t work at all. We did see in the friendly v. Barcelona what Musa was able to achieve, but sadly those type of performances were never seen again, maybe once in the FA Cup v. Everton away.Embed from Getty Images
Ron-Robert Zieler had a great number of years in the Bundesliga, winning the World Cup and being an understudy to Manuel Neuer before joining Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel had just finished a great season with Leicester City, but not at the time a 100% certainty in the Danish national team, so Zieler was told he was a contender for the job in goal, but he was never given a proper chance to establish himself and left after a year.
When you get approached by a club you have an idea of how you feel about your next jump and why you should go either here or there, of course the money is a reason, but also a belief that club and manager will give you a chance and not just see you as one “filling the fridge”.Embed from Getty Images
Bartosz Kapustka could have joined almost any club in Europe after the 2016 Euro’s being a starter alongside Robert Lewandowski in the Polish team that reached the quarter finals and was defeated by the winner to be, Portugal, on penalties. He never had a look in at Leicester City though being part of the squad for five years.
The list of players who have been signed and not been able to win a place in the first eleven is long and ugly, and instead they have played at reasonable good levels at Fiorentina, Monaco, CSKA Moscow and so on.
Brendan Rodgers will be having difficulties to find established players that are available and will “cement” a place in the first eleven at the moment. To splash out £25 to £30 million on a couple of players that you just see as “fringe”, will not see you in the winning circle of those signatures.
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