Always emotional when a great player departs, and so it is of course when Christian Fuchs is leaving the club. His stay at Leicester City was a lot more than he himself had expected and he did believe when joining a Premier League struggler that his life in the top was gone forever.Embed from Getty Images
But as he described himself, how wrong could he have been, experiencing some of his greater days in football at Leicester City. Winning the Premier League in his first season, playing the Champions League in the next, then see Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel all leaving and he himself being around and taking part in the project set up by Brendan Rodgers.
Being one of the senior players in the squad almost in his entire time, also shows how he adapted to a life as a player being on the fringe and also taking the challenges of younger players who pushed him a bit a side, without really playing himself out of the team.
Ben Chilwell was his first contender, and he just carried on and took it all as a bit of a job to be done under his managers, wonderful approach as life in football shouldn’t really be judged all on how many minutes you get out on the pitch every week.
The project is a bit bigger, it’s about a squad, about a job, seeing your place in the big picture and really doing your performance with excellence, something Christian did in every aspect as Leicester City under Brendan Rodgers could back to a fantastic level of football, seeing this club as a bit as a pain in the …. for those bigger and better struggling to adapt to the most important parts of how to build a great football team.Embed from Getty Images
Christian Fuchs played 116 league games and scored 2 goals in his five seasons with Leicester CIty and of course being a key player and a certainty at the left during that PL winning season. He is one of those legendary heroes leaving, so is Matty James and Wes Morgan this summer, still a few left, but the squad and team set together back then is slowly vanishing and seen more and more as a past of this great football club.
This season he also contributed well, but had to see himself a bit in the shadows towards the end, playing in all competitions, 16 appearances, 5 in Europe, 1 in the FA Cup, 1 in the League Cup and 9 games in the PL. Two highlights must have been to be in the team defeating Man City 5-2 and Arsenal 1-0, both away, also in the team winning 4-0 v. Braga and 3-0 v. Zoroya in the Europa League.Embed from Getty Images
To be in the squad and teams in two of the most historical events of the club, winning this seasons FA Cup and of course lifting the Premier League trophy back in 15/16, will put his name up there with some of the greater players.
Fuchs will not stop to play and retire, he has decided to join a new project, Charlotte FC in the MLS. A new club, still without a coach and not many players in place before their season kicks off, but with Steve Walsh part of their planning group setting up a competitive squad, it will be interesting to see what type of role the former Austria captain will see himself in as his new club and team mates progress.
We wish Christian Fuchs all the best, what he did during his days at Leicester City, was phenomenal. His fantastic approach to the game and his contribution to Leicester City, greatly appreciated. Sadly he will not be with the club next season, but the 35 year old signed from Schalke 04, will never be forgotten, as part of that league winning group, he is a legend. Goodbye, farewell, well done, break a leg and all the best for the future and the new life at Charlotte FC.