Leicester are seen as a minor club in England, despite being among the best over a number of years after returning to Premier League in 2014. The club does have a look and shoes they are trying to grow out of, but it all is down to one simple cause, fanbase.
Growing a fanbase is the most important in football, everything else is fake and you will never be major if you don’t have a fanbase mirroring your ambitions.
But there are clubs out there that are successful below those massive men and manage to build good teams season in and season out. Competing the giants and with clever recruitment. Unai Emery is a grand example of a coach that has made the impossible, possible at Villareal.
Villareal brought in Lo Selso on loan from Spurs and they tend to do correct views on every single move as they pinpoint what they need and does not add players they do not need or regards as possible players for the future, that is not the way to work as Leicester has done major blunders in that perspective.
Sevilla are also impressive with a number of Europa League titles in the belt and competing in the top every season, making great and suprise signings as they manage to draw major stars to them, latest we did see Marcial from Man Utd stepping into Sevilla.
To be able to compete in Europe you need routine and players that knows this type of action, to be able to go top four in England you need the same, players with routine and previously been in top clubs and done the job themselves.
Everyone was surprised when Leicester did win the PL in 2015/16, but it was a bit of magic in that team with players who had great experience from being with a top club and had those ideas planted inside their bodies as we all know were Simpson, Fuchs, Huth, Schmeichel and Drinkwater had grown up.
This in a blend with other players that had either a grand experience from the club and some being young and adspiring, a lovely mix that will be magic and everything put together so the avarage age will be in there between 28 and 29.
Looking at Villareal and Sevilla you will find teams with players coming in from other top clubs and some of them far above 30, and others with experiences from top clubs and being overlooked or overseen, just that perfect look and see how they perform.
Leicester are at the moment not in shape to be what we feel they were in 2015/16 with a perfect mix, at present the avarage age and experience is a bit unbalanced and Brendan Rodgers needs to add more quality and get that perfect blend back.
Schmeichel, Vardy and Evans are top quality but sadlly not in the right age group and Leicester can not keep them forever. Other players such as Tielemans, Fofana and Maddison are young and too many are approached by other clubs as possible buying objects.
Leicester did something very correct when they added players between 25 and 28 and bringing them in at that age or someone also around 30, will see these players not dreaming of other places to go, and as we did see with Okazaki, Fuchs and Huth, they came and made magic, and from there had no future at top four clubs but after Leicester they were over their best.
To have one or two players in the age group below 25 is of course good, but with too many of the first team alternatives being without that key experience, you will see them dream of other options. Sevilla and Villareal are grand masters of building football teams that both are competetive and at the same time not exposed too much with too many selling objects in the basket.
Going back we do have fantastic examples of this type of recruitment at Leicester during the years of Jimmy Bloomfield and Martin O’Neill who managed to balance their squads in a way, making it possible to compete for trophies and at the same time having this “fingerspitzgeful” of adding correctly and building good teams and not sign players without the correct purpose.
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