Leicester’s improved starting XI with ideal signings and returning stars

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A fresh front three

Harvey Barnes, Patson Daka, Tete. There you go. And if we fail to sign the Brazilian winger despite intense interest, Marc Albrighton takes that space. To explain why these three should make it into the ideal XI despite the more clinical Kelechi Iheanacho being available, I think I should describe our attacking play style.

Leicester have two main ways of creating chances: constant recycling and space creation, as well as in transition explosiveness. The second of which necessitates the inclusion of pacey forwards who can run in behind defensive lines and propel their team up the pitch with pure athleticism: a counter-attacking maelstrom. Barnes, Daka, and Tete are that in a nutshell.

At the same time, each offers something slightly different. The English left-winger has a mean shot on him, able to cut inside and strike from the edge of the box with sheer power behind the attempt. Daka is mobile, when used properly the Zambian can constantly be on the move, disrupting defensive positions to create space. Tete is a ball-carrier similar to Allan Saint-Maximin in play style: he can also collect the ball deeper and progress it with technical skill and neat link up play.

Having those explosive and technical options will provide versatility within matches to create and defend in a plethora of ways. Having those progressive and possessive midfielders alongside a creative master will provide ample control in the centre of the pitch. Having an assured and confident backline will concede less goals.

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A 4-2-3-1 formation containing: Ward | Kristiansen | Faes | Souttar | Pereira | Soumare | Dewsbury-Hall | Maddison | Barnes | Daka | Tete. This would be the best Leicester City XI for the second half of the season.