We all did see the change of formation last season from a steady 4-3-3 to a more rocky 3-5-2, as Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers decided to make space for his three central defenders and give them all a chance to start games when they are fit.Embed from Getty Images
The team also glided into other systems as the games were approached and we all know that dominating the midfield area is always favorable as you will be able to keep your opponent away from your goal.
But the squad at the moment is in a 4-3-3 format, and we all know that operating with a two men forward line makes it possible to have more alternatives up front, and that has made the name Patson Daka more and more interesting and could be that a James Maddison move could open space for those two players and really boost the forward options at Leicester City.
Yesterday it was announced that Leicester City could be selling one of their midfield stars to bring forward funds to pay for more attacking options as the team lacks those type of alternatives, but in a way everything looks a bit crazy, as this would really make a big change to see both Edouard and Daka join.
But rumours are that a stop in the pursuit of Odsonne Edouard has happened and that earlier reports about the players being certain to join is just lies and bad reports, but as we all know these moves can stop, come and go as different options appear.
The fact that a central defender, at least if you go with three in the back, is needed with players most certainly getting injuries and spend time on the sideline, you have James Tarkowski and Ryan Bertrand both heavily linked. A player that could have fitted the bill is Danny Rose, but he has joined newly promoted Watford and is out of reach.
But it could all be a tug of war with Arsenal who is said to be in the mix for all of those players and at the same time being linked with Maddison, and with Leicester also said to be in the chase for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, you never know what will be happening.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester Mercury had a good and informative story about why they believed Maddison would not leave, because of him being homegrown and also on a contract running until june 2024. That is for sure a point to address, but it never stopped Leicester City from selling players such as Harry Maguire, Danny Drinkwater and Ben Chilwell all on steady contract lengths and all being English, so if the offer comes up in a region of £50 to £60million, wouldn’t it be foolish not to sell, but again does Arsenal have that sort of money to splash out on a player being an international on the fringe.
We do believe that Brendan Rodgers has a grand intention of playing Soyuncu, Fofana and Evans in the back, then to add another central defensive option looks in the frame. Not just Tarkowski linked, but names such as Merih Demiral, Jonathan Tah and Nathan Collins also in there.
Ryan Bertrand is still not over the line, and Robin Gosens is also talked about, so it’s a lot of names in circulation, and of course other clubs also involved with Arsenal being linked with most of the same players, so interesting to see how this can all turn out, but surely Brendan Rodgers might have to change his squad of players a bit more than expected if he is on his way to build a more 3-5-2 orientated type of squad.Embed from Getty Images
We do believe that most players will be staying put, but to see one player leave and that being James Maddison giving space to Boubakary Soumare, it all makes sence, playing a bit with the theory of that 3-5-2 as we see the following.
Danny Ward is at the moment showing Europe what a fantastic goalkeeper he is playing outstanding for Wales and speculations are that he could be on his way out of Leicester City to try to get his chance for first team football, but still no concrete talk about another club.
Last season 30 players did get games in the first team set up over a campaign of Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup games and the same amount will be happening this time. This is how we feel things will be looking, if appearing in 3-5-2,
It’s a difficult path and we all know that players such as Perez and Albrighton does not really fit a 3-5-2 as they are not players especially equipped for those type of roles. Albrighton is a flank in a four man midfield, or among the three up front on the flank. Rodgers used him a few times wide in a five midfield men system, but he does not have enough pace to do the defensive work without a full back behind him, sorry.
Difficult to read Brendan Rodgers as he prepare the next season, but we do believe that we need a steady group of players, seeing Daka and Edouard both in a mix of signing, surprises a bit since they are not both certainties in a first eleven.