Leicester do have a gap in their squad logistics, as too many players have reached a certain age of +33 or more. You also have too little rotation among the players playing, lack of belief from the manager, and you see a lot of injuries appear as you season after season gets the same result.
Jonny Evans, Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy, Ryan Bertrand, Jannick Vestergaard, Papy Mendy and Alex Smithies are all over the age of 30, and none of them will attract any heavy buyers and possibly leave for free or for minor fees as the club move forward.
The fact that a great number of players are at the end of their contracts and players worth £1.5billion as a total, could be leaving on a free, is terrible reading and shows how unbalanced everything looks. The fact that you have players such as Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, James Justin and a few more that are seen as possible signings for major Premier League clubs makes it difficult to see how you will buld the perfect future.
To have a player like Youri Tielemans at the club, showing no joy of being at the club, and neglecting an offer, the club being held in limbo between a sale or zero, is of course difficult to understand, as life would have gone on without Youri at the club. You can never blame players for not signing contracts, as they are in a short life affair with football, so the club needs to be in the drivers seat and be sure that you never end up in these type of situations, looking at it in perspective, Youri Tielemans should have been sold a long time ago and let go, as a new man with a drive and power had allready been in place to do that job.
Brendan Rodgers has also this season tried to pave a path for players such as Bouba Soumare and Patson Daka, and in a way Danny Ward, but they have not responded as we would expect key players at this club should. We can all hope that the reward soon will come, but still losing points and not performing as well as the team should, makes the judgement of Brendan Rodgers questioned as his preferred “horses” are not winners.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is another player given massive trust by Brendan Rodgers, but despite putting in heave shifts when on the field he has not been able to lift his game to a level that makes us all forget other important players when absent. KDH is at this point a carrier and not one playing the piano, as his presence often has no affect on the final result, in the end.
James Maddison, Wout Faes, Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans are the players that at present are the most important, and getting results, you need them all on the field. The fact that a very little group of players makes the piano play the tunes needed for a win, will also give you problems, and not being able to balance your team to always stear into a safe harbour, you are in a difficult place.
So leaving out any of the above players will of course be difficult if you decide to go for a winning result. Newcastle will not see any of their players being chased by the Man City’s, Man Utd’s or any other, why? The players they have at present is a massive blend that has been in and around the club for a long period of time, at a certain age that makes them little or of no interest for those other clubs. Their recent signings are hidden diamonds, such as Dan Burn, who in our view should have been a certainty for England as his presence is special, he will win trophies with Magpies, just wait and see.
The Newcastle team also have players with a physical presence that brings something else to the game and a different type of play, and the power of their performance, their will and hard fighting mentality gives a special boost.
Graham Potter worked wonders at Brighton and his fantastic nose for talent and tactical understanding makes it interesting to follow Chelsea going forward. Potter will not sign the obvious star out there, but surprise many as he has done in this January window, bringing in players from places others would probably not look. Chelsea will be very interesting to follow if they keep Potter, understands him and are patient as he builds his new team at Stamford Bridge. He recently signed Datro Fofana, as he will surely make more special moves and probably not the obvious once, but those who fits the pattern.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is also one that has a strategic approach to his football, but as we see, Man Utd and Man City have decided to bring in tall forwards in Weghorst and Haaland, then you have another weapon. Emile Heskey and Ian Marshall gave Leicester something else, and remember Nigel Pearson had a certain Chris Wood up front, getting promoted. Leo Ulloa was not little either. It will be interesting to watch, going forward, how the game will adapt. Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Contè, Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola are being chased by two English managers that could change the landscape of PL management, as Brendan Rodgers, might be changing his approach going forward.
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