There is no sound quite like that of the transfer window closing. Mainly because it doesn’t exist. The transfer window is an arbitrary footballing reference point, with the countdown to the end sending twitter feeds into overdrive and the mobile phone batteries of football agents constantly on charge. I tend to hate it but that’s because Leicester City has hardly been a hive of transfer activity recently, with only one new outfield player signed in over a year. With the 22/23 season threatening to unravel spectacularly, players coming in were desperately needed. So have Leicester finally delivered?
Viktor Kristiansen – A Sorely-needed left-back
Following the long-term injury to James Justin before the World Cup, Luke Thomas has been an ever-present in the left-back slot and its fair to say he’s struggled. With Justin not returning for the rest of the season the foxes turned to long-term target Viktor Kristiansen from FC Copenhagen. A tall and athletic left back costing 17 million pounds, Leicester seemed to have overpaid significantly from their first reported bids of less than 10 million, but at the age of only 20 years old he has time on his side to get even better.
In The Danish Superliga his style of play sees him getting up and down the wings, whilst being strong into tackles. His pace and reading of attackers in one-on-one situations looks like a significant improvement on Thomas’s recent form. Kristiansen’s arrival will also give Thomas some rest and someone to learn from as he navigates a career that appears to have plateaued. Kristiansen will be a welcome addition to the squad and will help shore up a weak spot in the team. The only issue will be when Kristiansen can complete a full 90 minutes with his levels still being brought up slowly after being plucked from the Danish pre-season.