Following Leicester City’s 3-0 opening day victory over West Bromwich Albion
on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers confirmed he wants to improve his squad.
Timothy Castagne, Leicester City’s only signing of the summer so far, had the perfect debut at the Hawthorns with a back-post header in the second half to open the scoring. The Belgium international impressed as the right full-back and became the first Foxes player to score on his debut since Nathan Dyer against Aston Villa in 2015.
Jamie Vardy grabbed a penalty double to continue his sensational form against the Baggies to top off an almost perfect response to last season’s poor end of season run.
After the game, Rodgers confirmed the club are pushing to bring in new arrivals despite his frustrations at the lack of squad depth he told the media on Friday.
Wilfred Ndidi started centre-back on Sunday, with Wes Morgan and Filip Benkovic out injured, whilst Jonny Evans missed out due to suspension. A new centre-back is the number one priority for Rodgers, alongside a creative player before the transfer window slams shut.
Speaking to the Leicestershire Live, the Foxes boss said:
“We would like to improve. I said earlier on, it was a fantastic season for us last season, but in order for us to improve, we have ambition, time will develop the players we have here, but we also want to improve in the quality.
“That means not getting a big number of players in but certainly a number that will help us develop.
“The club have been brilliant since the day I came in, and they have always shown that when they can, and where they can, and where they can afford, and there is a player available, they will do everything to get that player in.”
Despite all the fear amongst Leicester supporters ahead of the restart of Premier League football, the limited squad available displayed their quality against Slaven Bilic’s men. However, when asked whether new faces will arrive before the game with Burnley next Sunday, Rodgers claimed he is unsure.
“I’m not sure [if deals are close]. There’s a load of work going behind the scenes by the staff and the recruitment team, a lot of great work.
“We will just see what happens over these next few days. We’ve had contact with other managers and whatnot, and we’ll see how the week goes.
“I’m delighted for the guys here, that’s where my concentration will always be. I think there’s a lot of scope to improve this squad and we’ll continue to do that whether we bring players in or not.”
Leicester play Burnley in their next top-flight outing. The game is at King Power Stadium on Sunday, September 20, at 7pm BST.