Why Leicester will win this transfer race, Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs cannot compete with the same guarantee

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English pundits are often out talking up the top six clubs and believe they can attract players just because they have a certain badge. That is no longer the situation, and players are out to play football, not sit in the stands, or on the bench.

After watching how players like Alexis Sanchez, Danny Drinkwater and Riyad Mahrez have been treated at their current “top six clubs” those playing well in teams below will of course watch and see what can happen.

A move to a new club, after doing well somewhere else is a huge risk and you can end up in the stands or as best on the bench. Youri Tielemans is in great form at the moment playing in a team where he is perfect, getting the support he needs from Wilfred Ndidi and today against Arsenal also getting defensive cover from Hamza Choudhury.

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Tielemans is perfect for Leicester, and this young man knows that. He is a player that would probably drown at Man Utd, with a Paul Pogba doing this job and Tielemans would be a cover, why should Man Utd sign him, he is the one doing the creative job at Leicester, so no, Man Utd will probably not go for Tielemans.

Leicester also at the moment have Adrien Silva at Monaco, and his presence there is pleasing the club and fans. He is totally different type of player than Tielemans and the loan swop has worked well in both camps.

Both parties are interested in doing this deal, and we believe that Tottenham, Man Utd or Arsenal will not use £40 million on a player they don’t really have a plan for. Youri Tielemans is young guy, who had problems with adapting to the role he was given at Monaco and he never really played well. At Leicester he has slotted in perfectly in a role similar to the one he had at Anderlecht.

His presence at Leicester is fantastic, and the way Tielemans celebrates after scoring the first goal against Arsenal shows that he has deep belief in the project going on at King Power at the moment, with the belief that Brendan Rodgers can really challenge the top six next season.

A lot of the players at Leicester are very young, blended with a few experienced characters and with another season together they will be a handfull and probably be a better team all together than the one winning the league title a few years back.

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We would be very surprised to see Tielemans joining Arsenal, Tottenham or Man Utd with the players they have at their disposal in the role of Tielemans, and cannot really see a picture of those clubs paying such a fee for one they would probably see as a random used player.

Tielemans “consultants” would advice a player of his young age to play football week in and week out in the best league in the World, in his preferred position at a club were everyone loves him and believe in him, than risk another move to a “bigger” club that will not hand him the chances needed.

TCF believe that the move for Tielemans will be completed by Leicester as soon as an agreement is made with Adrien Silva and that a swop will be happening with both parties getting what they want.

Arsenal 3, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Leicester started the game in a very positive way and was the better team for most of the first half, creating a number of opportunities and really looking good.

Puel came out in a type of a camouflage system, not easy to tell what he was up to, playing Maddison in the middle and Iheanacho and Vardy out wide, but it worked well as City managed to keep momentum and press Arsenal backwards.

Amartey had been moved into the middle with Evans and Maguire, and at once Amartey looked more settled as he is getting more exposed out wide to the right. Chilwell and Pereira played at the flanks, with Mendy and Ndidi in the center. So you can call it what you want, but it was a 3-4-3 of some kind, or some sort of 3-5-2 but not sure.

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Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho both had great chances before Ben Chilwell converted a good pass from Ndidi into a goal via the foot of Hector Bellerin. Leicester were 1-0 up, and at that time it was fair.

The fact that Leicester early in the first half never were given a clear penalty from a Holding handball, made it even more satisfying to get that first goal. Leicester continued to do well, but as we had feared, Puel’s plan didn’t last longer than 44 minutes, with a clinical finish from Ozil making it 1-1.

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Leicester again came close early in the second half with a header in the crossbad from Wilfred Ndidi, and again of course sad to see yet another great chance missed. As always you will be punished for those errors later on against good teams such as Arsenal.

While Leicester’s substitutions never worked in favor of the team, Arsenal experienced the total opposite, with Aubameyang coming on and scoring 2-1 and 3-1 after fantastic play, as Leicester had to see a new defeat and points lost, after a relatively good game.

All Arsenal goals were both fantastic to watch, scoring after great one touch passing finished by Ozil and Aubameyang . Looking at the game in total, Arsenal deserved the win, but everything could have been very different if that penalty had been given.

  • Positives:
    • Most players doing well in a difficult game
    • Creating a great number of clear chances
    • A great goal and finish from Ben Chilwell
    • Being able to dominate in periods at The Emirates, not often seen
  • Negatives:
    • Vardy getting injured in the end, after a difficult game
    • Puel not being able to get the best out of substitutions
    • Ghezzal not really a player for this type of event, strange performance
    • Letting in three goals, not being able to cover, being outplayed at times
    • Not being able to convert great chances into goals
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Amartey 6, Chilwell 7, Evans 5, Maguire 7, Mendy 6, Ndidi 7, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 6, Maddison 6, Pereira 7, Subs: Albrighton, Oakazaki, Ghezzal

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 65 / 35
  • Corners: 0 / 4
  • Shots on target: 4 / 2
  • Shots wide: 8 / 3
  • Fouls: 10 / 9
  • Offsides: 2 / 1

 

Good news before Arsenal clash, Happy Birthday Claudio!, Mahrez keeping momentum

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Among the stories this Sunday evening is of course the news that Ben Chilwell has tied himself up until 2024, and that is wonderful. His progress this season has been fantastic and to see him, at the age of 21, breaking into the England first team is just great.

The fact that a homegrown player manage to “outfox” an experience star and a great player such as Christian Fuchs makes it even more impressive. The previous captain of Austria and one of the key players during the 2015/16 season is now just a cover.

Other news to honor this evening is the form of loan players Benkovic and Barnes, who both impress in their clubs, Celtic and West Bromwich. Talk about them returning in January are of course interesting to see, but again probably Puel will let them progress and get playing time regularly instead of bringing them back to uncertain situations at Leicester City.

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Claudio Ranieri is 67 today, big gratulations to the “magician” who masterminded that fantastic win and also still were in the Champions League competition when getting the sack at the club, flirting highly with relegation. Since leaving Leicester City, Claudio has also had a stint at Nantes, but also left the French club after a single season in charge. Claudio were earlier this season seen at Chelsea, visiting his former club and meeting up with the Italians in charge at The Blues at the moment, Sarri and Zola.

It feels like ages since Claudio left, but it was actually in the year 2017, and we are still only in 2018, how we would like that fairy story to just continue into the sunset and every season being like the one of Ranieri, what a fantastic feeling and like flying. As a Leicester City fan the most amazing feeling, never really feeling that way before, you were top of the World, and that is a good feeling, no one would disagree.

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One of the Leicester City heroes during that PL winning seaeson, Riyad Mahrez are starting to show his greatness at Manchester City, scoring a fantastic goal against Burnley in their 5-0 win. Guardiola is galvanizing Mahrez and the outcome of this season will be interesting to see, winning the Premier League again, could be the outcome.

Former foxes Kante and Mahrez could continue to lift trophies in England and Europe, and Leicester City are producing more talent and the recent England squad, including Chilwell, Maguire and Maddison is thrilling to watch. Demarai Gray who has been absent with an injury for a while, was missing the last call up, as he was another of Leicester City’s players to get a call up by Gareth Southgate in that game at King Power.

Leicester should be more optmistic in front of the game tomorrow and hopefully a surprise result will be a new chance for the England boys at Leicester City to celebrate and not just Claudio Ranieri turning 67!

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