Brendan Rodgers was asked about the immediate future of Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic, on Friday. The Leicester City manager’s answer was revealing.
Leicester City are due to play West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, as the new 2020/21 Premier League campaign gets underway. Unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers and his squad, players are in short supply. This is because the Foxes have failed to adequately reinforce the roster.
Adding to the feeling of impending dread – contradictorily, with Europe secured – for Blue Army members, is the fact that there are injuries galore. Not to mention, a high profile and needless suspension to contend with.
Arguably the East Midlands’ best player, Ricardo Pereira, is unavailable due to recovery from a major issue. James Maddison is unlikely to begin the match with a problem, too.
In central defence there is even less personnel to choose from: Jonny Evans won’t play for a few games due to a horrific challenge on Manchester United’s Scott McTominay at the end of the 2019/20 season. Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic are unfit, as well.
This leaves an impossible gap to fill for Rodgers, which he apparently wants to plug with Wilfred Ndidi. Losing one of the eminent defensive midfielders in global football for a utility role is unideal for Leicester!
Furthermore, during his pre-match presser, the Northern Irishman suggested Benkovic will go out on loan once more this term. Last year the Croat was loaned to Bristol City. However, injury and inexperience has hampered the progress of Benkovic’s career everywhere he has found himself.