Despite a stated ambition of re-entering football in Europe, Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is almost certainly staying with the Foxes.
Around three weeks ago, Foxes of Leicester wrote our thoughts on Schmeichel. He appeared to confirm that he will remain an LCFC player amid rumours of a possible transfer away from the East Midlands.
The fresh update we’ll cover shortly will polarise the support somewhat. It is no secret that many, many fans would be content if a replacement ‘keeper with a more modern style succeeded the Denmark international at King Power Stadium this summer.
With all due respect to the ‘great Dane’, I have personally called for a younger stopper with a sufficient skill set to rival the Leicester captain for the No.1 spot in the past. I must admit, I have declared that assessment for around a year.
Of course the former Leeds United man is a LCFC legend: his contribution to the Foxes reaching the incredible heights they’ve achieved is unquestionable. Arguably Schmeichel’s efforts in attaining trophies for the club, as well as his character as an athlete, are possibly undervalued.
That being said, everything comes to an end. And if crosses remain unclaimed, passes by feet go astray for throw-ins and more goals are conceded – the final curtain will close sooner than a lot of people would have expected.
For all of his faults, LCFC manager Brendan Rodgers can be ruthless when necessary, and replacing his goalie might be a necessity quicker than expected. A more contemporary, ball-playing style with the confidence to fly off the line aerially feels needed, especially with the unwanted set-piece record Rodgers’ men collected. Though defending was absent on occasion.
Schmeichel staying at Leicester City despite Europe ambition
Obviously there will be no European football on Filbert Way next season. But this hint appears to clarify that Schmeichel will stay at Leicester regardless:
“Opening weekend fixtures are always a really good test with both teams keen to start their seasons strongly, so it’s great for us to be able to kick off our season with a home game in front of our own supporters (as Leicester host Brentford).”