Still much of the season left, but to see Leicester fail in the chase for promotion looks unlikely. Enzo Maresca needs to focus on the next game, but inside the camp, preperations are probably allready started to be able to bring in the players that also will be able to take the next step and be ready for Premier League action.
This will probably lead to little or no major business in January, maybe one or two signings, either on loan or players that looks as keepers at a level above.
Shinji Okazaki was one signing that really worked wonders at Leicester. When arriving at the club he had been a proven player at international level and had several season behind him with Mainz in Bundesliga action. His desire and detirmination, as well as work ethic, became a key in the build of that fantastic team of the 2015/16 season. When Okazaki arrived at the club together with Inler, Kantè, Fuchs and Benalouane, players such as Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez had been given enough playing time by Nigel Pearson to start their journey to the stars.
The major issue for Leicester is to understand what you have to do when you return to the top flight. Not be trapped in a belief that the team you got at present will be good enough to last a full season in the Premier League. Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton all looks as relegation fighters allready, probably not having enough quality to survive.
So if you look back and you take a look at the Leicester team that got promoted and the one that won Premier League, there was a number of keys to consider. Kasper Schmeichel, Andy King, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Jeffrey Schlupp had taken steps to become good quality Premier League players. Additions such as Leo Ulloa, Marc Albrighton and Danny Simpson all came in during that first season back, seeing Robert Huth’s loan and later permanent transfer, probably being the most shrewd move of the lot, as his experience and understanding really helped as the team evolved.
This is what you will call progress and fantastic recrutiment and so far under Enzo Maresca we have seen a man of vision and understanding as his move in the transfer market so far looks very trustworthy.
So what will Enzo be looking for in January, maybe a loan move to have more options, as well as one or two signings that will be future players at the club when the next season arrives.
There will be a busy summer trying to build up a squad of quality and understanding having a number of different dilemmas to solve. Vardy, Ndidi, Iheanacho, Vestergaard and Albrighton are all out of contracts. We cannot see all of them staying, but hopefully one or two will consider an option to play on.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall would probably like to stay at the club, but with one or two major clubs coming in with lucrative bids in the region of £30million, you will have to consider your options, but hopefully KDH is one that will be staying, as his presence is one to honour, both as a player and of course that he is a fan himself.
Could we see former players return. Riyad Mahrez, N’golo Kantè and Harry Maguire are all players who could be fantastic to see in a Leicester shirt again, and would it be possible, or should Leicester go for other new alternatives.
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