Leicester’s squad depth has finally caught up with them

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Following Leicester City’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, the lack of squad depth for Brendan Rodgers to choose from has finally came back to haunt them.

A James Justin own goal was followed by a Harry Kane double inside three minutes in the first-half to hand Jose Mourinho’s side all three points. Despite having 71 per cent possession and 24 attempts on Hugo Lloris’ goal, Leicester City’s UEFA Champions League hopes are now hanging by a thread.

Jamie Vardy had two golden opportunities and Ayoze Perez was brilliantly denied by Lloris after a sweet cross from Luke Thomas. However, despite commonly being known for killing teams off with their counter-attacking prowess, Spurs won the game with the swift counter-attacks.

Three shots on target. Three goals. A clinical performance from Tottenham to win their fourth straight home game.

Rodgers made all five subs for the first time since the restart of football, with George Hirst being handed his professional debut. However, with none of the substitutes making any sort of essential influence in the game, the lack of depth at the club has finally taken its toll on Rodgers.

The need for a good summer of signings has increased. With a number of areas of the field in need of strengthening this summer, the Foxes could face a long summer.

With James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Caglar Soyuncu, Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira all out due to injuries, the Foxes have been renowned to handing appearances out for Luke Thomas and Hirst in recent games.

They have certainly lacked the quality of Maddison and Pereira. But with only one game remaining, the players available to Rodgers will have to put in a quality display against Manchester United next Sunday if they are to secure a Champions League spot.

Back in January, it was clear that the Foxes needed a new attacking wide man and another ball-playing defender. However, after failing with Merih Demiral from Juventus, Ryan Bennett was loaned in from Wolves. Not a very popular signing.

This summer, there are a number of positions that need improvement. Harvey Barnes, Perez, Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton have all showed glimpses of talent this season, but consistency has been a problem with the current wingers.

There has been talk that the club need at least another five/six players this summer. I agree. How many the club can bring in and the quality they can bring in will be interesting.

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If Leicester City want to successfully break into the top six in the future and cement their position, the calibre of player brought in this summer must be big. The summer of 2020. Possibly one of the biggest summer in the club’s history.