Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers do have a lot of decision making to do before he selects his 25 men of 2021/22. What we know is that Brendan Rodgers likes to keep a steady group of players and not too many to choose from, we also know that he is fond of changing systems and be unpredictable, which could again upset the long term picture and stability in performances, but with that in mind we believe the following,Embed from Getty Images
Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Eldin Jakupovic, Daniel Iversen
Daniel Iversen and Eldin Jakupovic both played one half each away to Burton Albion, with both Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward still not returned to camp after representing Denmark and Wales in the Euro’s. Daniel Iversen is linked with a possible move to Preston, and of course a good third choice alternative, on a contract. No news regarding Eldin Jakupovic who is out of contract, but still a grand third choice and a very underrated goalkeeper, steady and good alternative, but at this point we don’t really know who will get a number and be the third alternative. Jacob Stolarczyk and newly signed Brad Young are two younger alternatives in the Development group and they could of course be seen stepping up, we don’t really know the answer to this one.
Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Wesley Fofana, Daniel Amartey, Filip Benkovic
The trio of Evans, Soyuncu and Fofana did really well in a three man defence last season, but in the pre-season opener Leicester were back to a four man defence. We feel that you don’t need to use any money on new players if you have these five alternatives, and with Timothy Castagne also able to play in a three, then this would be good alternatives, no need to go out and splash cash on fringe alternative, rather then see a young player from the academy pushed up and forward.Embed from Getty Images
Ricardo Pereira, James Justin, Timothy Castagne, Ryan Bertrand, Luke Thomas, Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes, Rachid Ghezzal
No need to add anything in this category, but the use of Marc Albrighton and Harvey Barnes would both be seen more of alternatives in a 3-4-3 or a 4-3-3, so that is a problem to sort out as Brendan Rodgers decides his team selections and as said earlier chopping and changing systems is not by many seen as a good way of winning football games, and especially against weaker opposition with a base and trained offensive system, you will get results, changing and chopping could see you adapt more to the opponent and forget about your own offensive plan, as systems are mostly used to build that pattern and cmbinations between settled players, but the group of players are more than good enough to have a good season, but as we know Leicester are in chase for another flank alternative and that makes it difficult to see what will be happening. Of these players Marc Albrighton has been linked with Burnley, but a move looks unlikey. Rachid Ghezzal had a fantastic season with Besiktas last term, and he is seen as a possible mover with both Besiktas and Galatasaray being seen as alternatives.Embed from Getty Images
Wilfred Ndidi, Kamal Sowah, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Hamza Choudhury, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, Boubakari Soumare, Nampalys Mendy, Sidnei Tavares, James Maddison
There are several alternatives in this area and we have seen Brendan Rodgers playing a steady three men midfield, also possible to use a diamond with four central players and also using a flat plan with just two players in the middle with flank alternatives in a 4-4-2. What we feel is the best solution is a three men midfield, but of course using a diamond would be perfectly possible. There are a lot of questions marks though, with James Maddison linked with Arsenal, Hamza Choudhury linked with Newcastle, Dennis Praet seen as a possible signing for Sampdoria or Arsenal, and concern regarding Sidnei Tavares and a possible contract situation, but it’s a difficult situation, one thing is certain we will see departure in this area, and maybe no new additions.Embed from Getty Images
Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, Patson Daka, Ayoze Perez
Leicester do have a grand group of forward alternatives, and and could play with one or two of these players up front, not three at the same time we believe. Either a two or three men forward line, and one of them able to go a bit wide, then we could see two of them together in almost every game. The situation regarding Ayoze Perez and a possible move to Everton, could be to see, with four of these alternatives reduced to three.
Summing up, you will have three goalkeepers, we believe that all of the defenders will be kept, at least two central midfielders will leave, maybe three, one forward will move on and among the flank alternative at least Ghezzal will be on his way out.
Wesley Fofana, Luke Thomas and Sidnei Tavares are all under the age of 21 and does not have to be listed, and with Rachid Ghezzal expected to leave, you then have the following.
TCF believe the following set up would be good,
- Schmeichel, Ward, (Jakupovic)
- Evans, Soyuncu, Fofana, Amartey, (Benkovic)
- Castagne, Pereira, Barnes, Albrighton, Bertrand, Thomas, (Ghezzal)
- Tielemans, D-Hall, (Maddison), Ndidi, Mendy, Soumare, (Praet), (Choudhury)
- Daka, Vardy, Iheanacho, (Perez)
A number of 27 players, but with Fofana and Thomas being under the age of 21 you have that as a brutto squad and a netto of 25. Players in (brackets) are players TCF believe could be with an uncertain future at the club and by the season start could be somewhere else. Then new faces must be added to the squad, alternatively a flank and a defender, we don’t believe Rodgers will add extra in other positions as those alternatives available are good enough and will not go into the transfer market to buy fringe alternatives.