Leicester far below Napoli in a club global rating, will this be vital when the two meets for the first time in their clubs history

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Leicester will play Napoli at home in their first Europa League fixture of the season. In a club global rating, Leicester are far behind Napoli, but will this be a key factor when the game kicks off.

Looklng at the stats from previous seasons and measuring those key facts in a rating system might give you an indication but we believe in any way that Leicester must go out not as an underdog but put pressure on Napoli from start as they try to win this game at home.

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Looking further at the stats, you will see that Leicester are 7th among English clubs with Man City, top of the total list, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal still above, based on previous results, and other criterias, going back five to six years.

The game on Thursday will of course be of great importance in the ranking system and to get as many points as possible in Europa League games makes you climb in this special list.

To see Leicester as high as they are in the ranking might have been a far dream going back with the club a few years ago in the 3rd tier of English football.

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We do hope that the European campaign will kick of with a grand opener and that Leicester can defeat Napoli at home and close the gap of positions between the two clubs also in this rating.

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Napoli will not be the easiest of tests, starting with three straight wins in Serie A coming against Venezia, Genoa and in their last fixture a strong 2-1 victory v. Juventus.


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Maddison and Tielemans both sends messages that frustrates fans, Leicester looks defeated in contract and transfer battles

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The aftermath from Man City, how to keep everyone 100% happy, Soumare, Daka, Mendy and Amartey on the fringe

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The Man City game showed again a dilemma in the selection policy and also strange to see that certain players just fell through completely against an opponent that could have been a scene for other players to shine.

Jannik Vestergaard was chosen in front of Daniel Amartey and he was totally out in the cold not really an alternative with Jonny Evans and the Danish international clearly in front in the pecking order.

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Boubakary Soumare do have a more defensive strength than both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, he was not in the team and not given a chance at all, so you do think, why is that against such a fantastic team.

The fact that we all as Leicester fans believed we had a chance of a point clearly is an indication that we are patriotic, Man City had the ball in 61% of the game and then to play James Maddison and Marc Albrighton, might be a failure as none of them are great and special players in counterattack.

Of course both Maddison and Albrighton do have the abiltiy to play that vital pass that could set up Barnes or Vardy who do have pace to win a race against the Man City defenders, but again both do not have the ability to keep up with the pace needed in a game where you surely struggle to keep the ball off the opponent.

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We certainly hope that Jannik Vestergaard has no injury worries at all, but to see him taken off for safety reasons looks totally strange, the same said about the fact that Jonny Evans was given his first game of the season, three minutes after Leicester were 1-0 down with a defense a bit shaky at the time and not organized the way it had been for the first hour of the game.

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Would like to see a more analytical approach to games going forward and not a happy go lucky approach which makes games more unpredictable and of course hoping that at least Soumare and Dake will be given time to shine in this Leicester team, if not, why sign them as just covers.

To sign expensive fringe players and send others out on loan or sell them after never being a first team certainty. This has to be addressed as money can’t be flushed out on players not really seen as clear first team men, hopefully Brendan Rodgers will find a way to get on with this problem.

This type of policy started with Claudio Ranieri who did transfer blunders that cost him his job, adding Kapustka, Musa, Mendy, Zieler, Wague, Gray and Amartey without really having a plan for them. He brought in Wilfred Ndidi which was a master signing, but he was a player given a good chance establish himself in the team.

Under Claude Puel it continued with Craig Shakespeare and Brendan Rodgers adding to that way of running the show, but again why buy just to have a number of covers that in real will not be able to flourish much without game time in the first team.

Leicester cannot in the future just play players on the fringe in the EFL cup, but hopefully we will see something of a plan of this against Napoli, with certain players rested and again see new and fresh faces in the line-up, without upsetting the balance and fall flat.


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