There have been many occasions over the past two seasons where Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers have veered away from the preferred 4-1-4-1 that he applied in the majority of his first full year at the club.
That formation was originally chosen by Rodgers as it best suited the profiles of players he had at the club, it is very flexible in and out of possession – players can easily slip into a 4-4-2 when pressing or 4-2-3-1 when building up play–. However, the dynamic of the squad has changed slightly, and the issues City have had with finding consistent production from either flank especially the right-hand-side, could be solved by transitioning to a 3-5-2.
This permanent change in system would potentially unlock a whole new element of the attacking capabilities of the side’s full backs. It would allow James Justin and Ricardo Pereira to flourish in the area of their game in which they are most effective, going forward.
Two individuals who have both suffered from long term ACL injuries in recent times, but before those said injuries Pereira was in discussion with Trent Alexander-Arnold for title of the best right back in the Premier League. Whereas, before Justin’s similar long-term injury, he had established himself as one of the brightest young full backs in the country on the verge of an England call-up.