Leicester could build rockets that goes to the moon, they could throw a great number of silly money around to try to convince their best players to stay, but a dream in the head of a player is not easily removed.
Youri Tielemans was a Liverpool target early on in the transfer window, but nothing happened. James Maddison has been chased by Arsenal but could also be seen as a grand alternative at Spurs.Embed from Getty Images
So why will the two players not be staying on at Leicester? Both players are coming to a stage in their careers where they have to decide were their best years in football will be and how they can progress even further affraid of flattening out.
To see a possible move to a big club such as Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham vanish and probably never coming back, might be something that you will and can regret, and if players do have these thoughts and not really looking at Leicester as anything else than a stepping stone then to see them move on is probably better.
Leicester will cash in and replace the two with other players and we do have Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Boubakary Soumare at disposal, both younger and fantastic prospects, so it looks as if Brendan Rodgers are preparing a new change in the close future.
Leicester managed to sell Harry Maguire at the right time, getting the best price, they also had perfect timing with Ben Chilwell, with other left back options available and not really missing the player much as we did see Leicester finishing 5th in PL and winning the FA Cup without the two England internationals.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester will be approached in January with massive bids on Youri Tielemans, if his new contract signature is still on hold at that time. There will of course also be major interest for James Maddison. With a situation status quo for both, and no signature on the Tielemans contract, that will of course give Brendan Rodgers headaches in his preperations for this season, as it could be a big turn around in January.
The big issue at Leicester is how they will be going forward without seeing their best players leaving season in and season out and as we do predicted, the fact that Maddison and Tielemans both stayed, might just be a case of not getting an offer to accept and of course no problem to see the pair being at the club for another six months.Embed from Getty Images
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what will happen going forward, as we all know that players such as Nampalys Mendy, Hamza Choudhury, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison all will be looking at other options going forward and with the right bids you will probably see sales happening.
Leicester fans are devoted and they don’t care about other clubs and really hate the idea of seeing their best players moving to Chelsea’s, Man City’s, Man Utd’s, Arsenal’s or Liverpool’s, even flirting with them is seen as very negative and when a player do say he has his options open, you know what that means.
Hopefully Brendan Rodgers will be keeping his work going as he is doing a grand job with this football club. We do hope he will be able to keep a progression even with sales of key players seen season in and season out.
What we have seen of Maddison and Tielemans so far this season, and especially in the games against Man City and West Ham, you start to wonder if they do have the commitment and eagerness needed to be able to keep the team progress in the way the manager would like.
TCF do not wish this to happen, but putting everyhting into perspective and consideration, we do feel that such a scenario might occure and could be on. That is why we believe that the return of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and the signing of Boubakary Soumare has more to it than just being fringe alternatives going forward. If Mendy and Choudhury also depart it could open up a chance to sign a new midfielder and even give another youngster a chance to come through and get established.