Get Carter’s Leicester City player reviews 21/22: Left-back to the future

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Ryan Bertrand of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

This seemed a sage move for a club in need of some reliable cover following the gap left behind by Christian Fuchs. To say Bertrand has been underwhelming has been an understatement. From September to October he featured in the Premier League four times and did little of note to keep his spot.

For a player with such pedigree, it was strange to see ‘RB’ caught out of position so often. He may well have been a victim of a poorly constructed backline that had its own problems with a complete lack of cohesion throughout. Add that to a Harvey Barnes ahead of him not used to tracking back. But at Crystal Palace his failure to link up with Barnes in an attacking sense and hold his position and shape defensively contributed largely to a second-half collapse that should have ended in a LCFC defeat.

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He was afforded more opportunities in Europe, but again he featured in games where the foxes were embarrassingly exposed at the back where the fingers of blame could be pointed at his positional choices.  His last appearance came at Anfield a few days before Christmas in a dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat, after he would not even appear in a match-day squad for the rest of the season which given the East midlands side’s injury woes is an interesting statement. It would not be a surprise if we never see Bertrand in a Leicester shirt again.

Rating 5/10 – chances of leaving 75% (still has one year left on his contract)