Leicester in big chase for new additions, going all in to sign before deadline!

Despite having a bit of backup for injuries and being able to place two clear first team players on the bench in Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu there are no doubt that a new face or two would be good as additions, considering Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi also out of action for the time being.

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Injuries on those two, also Dennis Praet sidelined and a worry about Timothy Castagne would see a move for one maybe two new additions as a wise plan. It’s a difficult time for Brendan Rodgers and you can see that he makes errors in his match management as systems and players are changed, often and almost certain to give the opponent a clear advantage.

A lot of names have been thrown into the hat and the latest to be seen as a trustworthy rumour is the one about Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Not seen much in the headlines early on, but the 23 year old is a player that could fit the bill of what Brendan Rodgers is looking for.

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Earlier on players from the continent was more in the news, but going into the late hours of the deadline, it might be less problematic to make deals inside the English market, and we all know the quality of the Arsenal and England international.

So what is the reason behind this rumour and how likely is it that Leicester City will go for Maitland-Niles. The team working on transfers and loan moves are of course trying to find the sort which is needed in the best way, but it’s a difficult race.

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Another name that pops up a lot at this very moment is Watford midfielder Nathanial Chalobah. A player that has had a career upset with a number of injuries, but on his best days a clever and one to really look at as a potential signing.

The name Noel Cantwell has also turned up latetely but a move looks more likely in the summer, though having a player to be available who can close a few gaps either in midfield or up alongside those top forwards, wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Leicester 1, Leeds 3, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Another match that would be seen as a possible 3 pointer, and with the line-up Brendan Rodgers presented, everything looked positive and just as expected, moving forward with the players that has been in the team in recent games.

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Harvey Barnes made a fantastic one to one with James Maddison and put the ball in the net after just 13 minutes. A wonderful strike and moves like you would believe it was absolute more to come from the wizard up front in this attacking and wonderful team.

But sadly it never really became much of a celebration as Leeds just thundered back two minutes later with attacking skills you know this team possess. The game was back at square one and it just became a silent affair until the break, also a set back that Timothy Castagne had to leave the field after just 37 minutes, with Ricardo Pereira coming on as his replacement.

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Coming out second half, Brendan Rodgers made another “clever move” changing the system and introducing Caglar Soyuncu as a third man in the back, replacing Marc Albrighton and going for a three men defense, and as we have said 1000 times, when will this “clever man” learn about system changes and desperate acts in a football game that had no needs for such moves at all.

Brendan Rodgers is eager to play two of his best players, currently not part of a settled four men defence and today moving Mendy and Tielemans into a little minor duo in midfield, with Pereira and Justin slotting into the quartet, moving Maddison up behind Perez and Barnes and all natural movement gone as players looking unsettled.

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Despite those changes Ayoze Perez, Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans all were close to scoring a leading goal, but instead Leeds made the most out of their opportunities appearing when Brendan Rodgers became “too clever” today and lost the game with his formation change.

Patrick Bamford was clearly man of the match as Kasper Schmeichel did the best he could and was surely Leicester’s best player today, and that tells a story of a team that never really managed to build on the perfect start, a pure result and again failing heavily at home.

  • Positives
    • A wonderful start, a great goal socred by Harvey Barnes
    • Kasper Schmeichel, a good performance, despite letting in three goals
    • Creating enough chances to win this game
    • Correct selection from start by Brendan Rodgers
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers losing his eye sight and making strange formation changes
    • Taking off Marc Albrighton?, was he injured, this is tragic
    • Going from 1-0 in front to end the game in a 1-3 defeat, awful
    • Not having a player left in offensive positions in the ending minutes
    • Kelechi Iheanacho, must surely be a player to put on in this type of game
    • Stumbling when you last expect it
    • Jonny Evans losing his grip in crucial situations, sadly influencing the result
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 5, James 5, Evans 5, Fofana 6, Tielemans 6, Maddison 5, Mendy 5, Albrighton 5, Perez 5, Barnes 6 Subs: Soyuncu, Pereira 5, Under
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 51 / 49
  • Corners: 6 / 4
  • Shots on target: 8 / 7
  • Fouls: 17 / 16

The transfer that would be ideal for Leicester City, make a bid and bring this player back!

Leicester City might have made their biggest mistake when they gave Andrej Kramaric the chance to leave the club, first on loan and later a full move to Hoffenheim.

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This happened during a season that was the best ever in the history of the club, and why Claudio Ranieri didn’t see the potential of a player that later appeared in the World Cup final is a bit of a riddle.

Nigel Pearson brought in Andrej from Rijeca, a club he had scored a great amount of goals for and he was also cleverly picked as an ideal addition in a group that managed to escape relegation, with him being a bid of a small piece in the jigsaw.

He did play 13 league games during the great escape campaign scoring two goals, one against Arsenal and one in the 5-1 hammering of QPR in the last game of the season. Starting against Arsenal, coming on against QPR.

From the day Claudio Ranieri joined the party it was like the lights were down, and Kramaric no longer a fitting suit. He was clearly below Ulloa and Okazaki in the pecking order for that role alongside or just behind Jamie Vardy.

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In the season of joy Andrej made only two appearances in the league, coming on as a sub against Arsenal and Liverpool. Surely it was a magic team and everything clicked so fantastically with the set up and it was difficult to get in, but it would have been a coupe to keep Kramaric and he would surely made progress after spending time on loan at Hoffenheim.

Instead of building on a relatively young great prospect, Kramaric scoring 5 goals in 15 appearances during his loan spell, Leicester City and Claudio Ranieri splashed out heavy fees on Slimani and Musa who both played in less quality leagues than the Bundesliga, making their names in Portugal and Russia. Both players ended up as major flops as they never really showed enough to convince anyone they were ready for Premier League action.

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It’s always easy to be wise about the past as you know what happened, but looking at the great way Andrej Kramaric now have mastered his footballing life, scoring 75 goals in 147 Bundesliga appearances, and really shown the quality that a top forward should have. Hoffenheim has since also had some great seasons in the Bundesliga, with Kramaric contributing amazingly.

He is also a steady performer for the national team of Croatia, so far added up 50 caps and scored 14 goals. The strange situation is that Leicester City might not be in reach of their former player as his transfer fee could be higher than what is possible for Leicester City to pay. He is today one of the hottest properties in World football.

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