Leicester: Medical set for Fox as boss confirms reinforcements wanted

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Islam Slimani of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Leicester City would like to make some transfer window signings. Meanwhile a senior Fox is leaving the club.

Is dead wood a fair or correct description of Islam Slimani? In my opinion, yes it is. And I’ll briefly explain why. It is clear that the Algerian striker could have done a job for Leicester; relatively simple headers and the odd successful shot from range – and he’s your man.

Slimani certainly flourished at AS Monaco last season, as a selfless facilitator as well as a neat finisher. Albeit in a much softer division – France’s Ligue 1. However, on loan at Newcastle United he struggled to find a place or win the love and trust of the loyal Geordie supporters.

I don’t believe that the forward – who will be age-33 in June – is merely not good enough for the English Premier League, yet his time to be a triumph in the top-flight has seemingly passed him by now.

If Slimani had joined the Foxes when they were in a less impressive, evolved period of recent history – he would have probably been a club legend. ‘Slim’ would have easily scored 25 goals-plus in the Championship. Additionally, if City were a relegation candidate or mid-level EPL side, the latter could have been a revelation.

Alas, it now seems that Slimani will leave for French outfit Lyon, according to multiple reports. With a medical apparently set for Tuesday.

Reinforcements wanted by Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the Foxes would ideally strengthen their roster. Although also said it would be difficult to secure marquee signings in Jan, partly due to effects of coronavirus on finances; this scenario occurring in the summer is more feasible.

A fan-less King Power Stadium is the venue for the Foxes’ next match, as overachievers Southampton travel to Leicestershire.