Andy King could follow in the footsteps of Leonardo Ulloa and leave Leicester City before the January transfer window closes.
The Welshman has previously been enquired about by Brighton and Hove Albion, who today landed Leonardo Ulloa on a loan deal for the rest of the season.
King, currently City’s longest serving player, has been short of game time this season, falling well down the pecking order after the arrivals of Vicente Iborra and Adrien Silva, and the emergence of Wilfred Ndidi.
Impressed by the way he has carried himself, Claude Puel thinks it’s only fair for Andy King to be given the opportunity to leave the King Power Stadium, shall there be an offer on the table. Speaking ahead of Leicester City’s midweek fixture against Everton, he said:
“We will see with Andy.
“I appreciate him because he is professional and an example for the squad. He is an example for the team and we will see.
“We have a lot of players in his position and it is difficult to give him more game time but we will see what happens at the end of the window.
“Perhaps for some players, without the game time, they would like to go and we will see if there are opportunities for them.”
The 29-year old has made 329 senior appearances for Leicester City, having joined the East Midlands outfit back in 2006-07. Since his debut in 2007, Andy King has won it all with the Foxes, lifting the League 1 title (2008/09), the Sky Bet Championship (2013/14) and the Premier League title (2015/16), therefore being the only player in the Premier League era to have won league titles in England’s top three divisions. Rewards of loyalty.
Puel may have left the door open for Andy King, but it’s hard to see him depart anytime soon for two reasons, the first being that he really does love the club, and the second being that no one except Brighton and Hove Albion has been linked to him.
The Seagulls don’t look like they’ll be going for another Leicester player, but if they don’t, who will? Busy couple of days ahead.