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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.