Praet set to leave Leicester as Rodgers makes another U-turn

Dennis Praet of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Dennis Praet of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images) /
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Dennis Praet of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images) /

After enduring a relatively frustrating three-year stint at Leicester City, new transfer rumours are suggesting that midfielder Dennis Praet may be exiting the club before the summer transfer window closes. Rory Kejzerko examines the scenario.

As per reports from the Daily Mail, Leicester’s inaugural Champions League opponents of 2016, Club Bruges, appear to be the front runners in signing the 28-year-old. It’s fair to say that the consensus surrounding the midfielder’s time at the club is somewhat unanimous.

Praet is essentially the epitome of what people would call a ‘tidy’ player- wherein everything he does is performed with conviction and style- however despite such talent, his actual impact when it comes to effecting games leaves a lot to be desired. The Belgian’s mere three goals and five assists in 61 appearances for The Foxes backs this statement up, however, to add full context to his contributions, 30 of his appearances in blue have come from off the bench.

In hindsight, Praet’s Leicester career has largely been plagued by the fact that his fellow central-midfield countryman, Youri Tielemans- who Leicester City signed on a permanent deal during the same 2019 summer transfer window- has, until recent times, been undroppable. With Wilfred Ndidi being Leicester’s ever present ‘CDM’, and James Maddison unquestionably being the club’s most creative midfielder, the majority of Rodger’s line-ups have only allowed for one of the Belgians to occupy the No.8 position.