There has been another Leicester City u-turn this transfer window, because boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that midfielder Boubakary Soumare will stay at King Power Stadium at least until the winter market opens.
Leicester deserved a point at Stamford Bridge versus Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. In fact, if Jamie Vardy had taken one of his multiple one-on-ones, then the Foxes may have perhaps earned victory against the ten-man Blues.
The loss felt slightly hollow again: like the LCFC team were going through the motions in parts. Though, at sporadic intervals especially at 2-0 down, some of the Leicester side got a hold of the game, dictated and put Thomas Tuchel’s team under pressure. Players such as Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes come to mind in that respect.
I can’t say Rodgers got many of his selections or tactics glaringly wrong; starting Daniel Amartey remains baffling. With the once capable Caglar Soyuncu on the substitute’s bench deserving another chance, using Amartey becomes borderline concerning. The Ghana international is certainly only backup standard for the level the east Midlands outfit aspire to.
One signing who was originally bought to be a Foxes understudy, yet was recently considered possibly incapable of even that role, is Soumare. His situation was clarified this weekend following speculation of an imminent switch. Rodgers revealed that the Frenchman declined potential moves to several clubs and wants to stay on Filbert Way for now.
What stood out, is that the former Paris Saint-Germain man stated that he is keen to prove himself at Leicester. The Northern Irishman added that Soumare didn’t want the “story” to end by leaving after a disappointing maiden season.
I expect we will see a couple of changes on Thursday night when LCFC face Manchester United. An historically daunting but typically less scary task these days. However, Man United are seemingly becoming more potent under the taskmaster Erik ten Hag. That clash gets underway at 8pm on September 1.