Last season ended in relegation from the first to the second tier of the Premier League 2, but with the addition of Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City, it’s been a change that made it possible for Leicester to continue at the top level with 14 teams now in both divisions and just one team relegated.
To compete at the highest level must be something Leicester should be fighting for, but the chance to loan out good young players is also given high priority and with a great number of players going out on loan last season and a gap left behind which had to be filled with younger players was a bit to much to ask and it all ended badly, so hopefully a more balanced squad could be seen this season
Leicester will start their season away to Man Utd at the Leigh Sports Stadium on the 18th of August, and hopefully this season will not be hampered as the two previous has been a bit of a struggle with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic challenge.Embed from Getty Images
The fact that players in the development squad are getting a year older and many of them have been part of great progress also getting first team experience and players such as Vonta Daley-Campbell, Thanawat Suengchitthawon and Tawanda Maswanhise all part of the team in the first pre-season friendly at Burton Albion shows that players are doing good progress.
Shane Flynn is also a player to follow as the Irish youngster made his U.21 debut for his country earlier in the season. Of course still a group of younger players in the first team squad as well that can help out and the fact that you also can use overaged players in games makes it possible to play a team strong enough to survive in the top flight which must be a goal as the club are going forward.
A bit of rotation and logistic in and out is a fact and players such as Josh Knight, Darnell Johnson and Admiral Muskwe will not be with the club next season agreed deals elsewhere, the same could happen to Mitch Clark and of course Darragh O’Connor are also certain to not be with the club next season, Blackpool and Motherwell are new destination for the duo.Embed from Getty Images
Kamal Sowah is back at Leicester, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could also be seen as a full squad member this season and most certainly involved in first team activity, but as a first season recruit they might also be available for the U.23’s as their age is below the limit. If they are to play a bit in the U.23’s then the team will be heavily strengthened and of course give Steve Beaglehole a better chance to see his group survive at the highest level.
Thakgalo Leshabela is likely to leave on loan to Luton, and of course that has to be addressed as the player is seen as a certain starter in the U.23’s, but again with the two mentioned above that position could be in good hands.
Tanawat Suengchitthawon has made his full international debut for Thailand and played two games and the player that joined from Nancy last season can be interesting to follow and watch, and most certainly involved in first team affairs in games next season, being named on the bench last season and could be back for EFL Cup and EL games next season.Embed from Getty Images
The progress of Sidnei Tavares and Ethan Fitzhugh is to be followed, both players allready being tested in either pre-season friendlies or in regular games for the first team. Newly signed England U.19 goalkeeper Brad Young from Hartlepool and Ben Grist joining from Grimsby are both very interesting additions to the family.
Leicester U.23’s will also move their home games to Seagrave and play at the new ground inside the new training centre, it’s then a great boost to welcome the highest level of this football league to a new and fresh arena.