After a stale summer transfer window, Leicester City’s recruitment team will be looking ahead to 2023 when they get a chance to reshape the squad. Focus isn’t just on who the club will bring in, much attention will be paid looking at the current squad and assessing who should and shouldn’t be retained at the end of the season.
At the time of writing, seven first-team players are in the last year of their current deals; club captain Jonny Evans, Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ayoze Perez, Daniel Amartey, Papy Mendy, and Ryan Bertrand. Of those seven, Evans and Tielemans are crucial retentions to secure – Tielemans’ situation is very complex though – and, on current form, Daniel Amartey should be kept for his versatility.
For the other four, now the choice should be if they are to be sold in January to earn a small amount of cash from transfer fees, or if the players are happier at the club waiting to assess their options come the summer. One man who does have a few options on his door is Ayoze Perez.
The Spaniard has endured a mixed bag of form since he arrived at the King Power in 2019. A frequent starter in his debut campaign, each season following has seen the attacker play less and less for the club. A second striker by trade, he has far too often been used as a right winger by the Foxes, a position he doesn’t truly fit.