Leicester pre-season continues as thoughts on ideal squad rebuild makes difficult 25 men selection dilemma

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Still a long way to go before everything is in place for next season, and of course as we did see last term players of different categories are involved.

Young prospects from the development group get their opportunites. Players returning from different loan spells are back and of course the core group of last season are in place.

We will see a regroup and players at present will not be the same as the final squad needs to be selected and 25 players do have their place and hopefully not having situations as we did see last season with the likes of Papy Mendy missing games as his presence would certainly given Leicester more opportunites to pick up points if he had been a full squad member and available for every game.

Callum Wright and George Hirst are back and will of course try to impress Brendan Rodgers. To see them both getting their place in a squad of 25 looks difficult, but still something to work for. Both players know that it could also be an option to get another great loan spell somewhere else or even be sold as their new deals might be based on that happening.

We still believe Praet, Choudhury, Iversen, Tielemans and Soyuncu will be among players on the list of departures when we see the squad numbers at the final day of the transfer window, but as we all know that could be something going on into the final minutes on deadline day.

Luke Thomas will again be left out of that 25 men squad list as his age gives him an opportunity to stay on as a development player and not occupy a place in the first team squad, but as we all know be a player to be involved. Thomas is also one player that could be seen as a possible departure if his first team hopes are reduced and we all know Ryan Bertrand and James Justin together with Timothy Castagne all can be players used in his left back or left flank position.

Leicester did well going into the last games of last season and with a full and fresh squad we do see the quality that is available for Brendan Rodgers. Often fans rate certain players wrongly and believe they should all be shipped out, but in real life you need to carefully balance your squad with a few hick up’s and wrong doings you can be in great difficulties.

We have seen in the past how managers such as Peter Taylor and Micky Adams made huge mistakes in their squad logistic as players joined without a proper plan. In the opposite way how fantastic Martin O’Neill managed to balance his moves almost to perfection.

Brendan Rodgers experienced problems at Liverpool as his moves in the transfer market at some point hit a wall and mistakes stopped any hope of a progress towards a PL season triumph.

Leicester is in a transition and their squad challenge will be part of the season going forward. If the club decide to sell some of their best players in the age group of 25 to 29, you must act carefully as players either being older or among young prospects needs to be slotted in.

In an ideal World you will find Leicester a bit unbalanced as first choice key players starts to reach an age or being out of contract soon, this season will be vital as contracts are either renewed or players are set on departure.

Some believe that the goalkeeper position might be one to look at instead of lengthening the contract of Kasper Schmeichel, but with Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans reaching an age close to exit, you cannot risk losing them all in just a season or two.

This season we did see two experienced and very influencial squad members depart as Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan both left the club, this might have been more serious in the sence of hierarchy among players as the two had a grand setting among players.

To predict the final 25 players to be part of the Leicester squad when the season arrive is difficult, but we do believe that an ideal group will see three players in their 30’s, four or five players below 24 and the rest being in that vital age group between 25 an 30. The balance in positions must also be present as a system plan A must be decided as well as having a plan B installed.

Going into training and just juggle every move around and unsettling players with too many position changes are not ideal. We all know football can be cruel sometimes, but hopefully a few transfers will soon appear as players are shipped out and new faces arrive.


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