Why Leicester should now just accept Torino’s offer for Praet

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

Foxes of Leicester explain why we believe Leicester City should now just accept Torino’s slightly low offer for Dennis Praet, in spite of his many uses and supporter admiration.

To the Blue Army, Praet isn’t unappreciated or undervalued – he’s an under-utilised piece of the LCFC jigsaw puzzle. The Belgian international has been in and out of favour under Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers over the seasons.

Praet appeared to have recently won back a place in the squad, at least. Though Rodgers doesn’t seem to quite know where or how best to deploy the former Sampdoria man. We see the latter pop up on the right side of midfield, centrally and in the capacity of an attacking midfielder.

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And that last point is key: the versatility and quality offered by Praet is essential to any Premier League team, well, any side in general. However, due to the quality of the player, as well as the Foxes not really challenging for trophies, why would an athlete of that standard want to be an understudy, or even sit idly on the bench?

What I mean is this: if a footballer is a ‘backup’ at Manchester City or Liverpool, at least they are winning trophies and have a real purpose. For Praet, he probably wants more, and to ultimately be part of a serious starting XI.

Meanwhile, talk of the 28-year-old’s eventual departure from Filbert Way continues. The onetime Torino loanee is again linked with a move back to Italy – in this case a permanent transfer. While he is featuring for City, appearances are sporadic.

When taking everything into account – FoL’s appreciation of the player, his best interests and what’s right for Leicester – maybe relinquishing Praet altogether is now the correct overall outcome. His value will decrease whilst not playing and maintaining sharpness. This limbo status obviously cost him a place with the Red Devils at the World Cup.

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A report from Italy states that the Fox would like to return to Serie A, which is understandable as he is valued there. Although, Torino are apparently causing issues with respect to the fee for a prospective agreement. Il Toro (The Bull, in English) wish for the King Power club to sell for less than £7million.