Say the Belgian midfielder is gone, would we believe the Nigerian, Senegalese, or French midfielders capable of fully taking on his role? Do we feel they would bring both a strong core and a presence in the air? The answer is likely no. Ndidi may be the best disruptive player, but he fails to retain the ball, Mendy is just not pacy enough or technically gifted enough, and Soumare still has much to learn.
The Scottish midfielder comes in to change that. He offers a ball retainer who plays up and down the pitch and will give a shot a go. Ferguson’s positioning is excellent, his defensive accumen important, and his role critical. In essence, the Scot offers a stylistically more suited option to play alongside ‘KDH’ than Ndidi. Plus, the player is mostly a finished package ready to be slotted in to rid the side of a clown-like defensive ineptitude.
Finance wise, Leicester City can expect to pay in excess of £10m for his services. Although he is not the highest rated player, the midfield man is important to Bologna and will be more so going forward; we could have to pay quite a lot for a lesser known talent than normally expected. Either way, this speculative target could be very useful if the midfield needs an overhaul in the summer.