Leicester City boss Dean Smith might have been chosen with future signings in mind. Here are the two players who have been noted as possible future Foxes.
Dean Smith, John Terry, Craig Shakespeare. A team chosen due to previous experience in relegation battles and their links to existing Premier League and upper Championship clubs. The King Power club are in a relegation scrap, and if they do go down, there will be many players exiting the side.
According to reports, the Foxes hired the English head coach due to his links with Aston Villa, where they have spent heavily on building an effective youth side which develops stars: Jacob Ramsey is perhaps the best recent example. It makes sense then to bring in a coach who can lure the best starlets.
Leicester City want these two players
The King Power club want to bring in Cameron Archer and Aaron Ramsey should they fall into the Championship. To be fair, even if they do not these could be two good signings if we fail to get other possible talents. Smith helps to secure them by already having a relationship with them.
Let us have a brief look into what each player would bring to Leicester. I shall detail position, style, and value. Firstly, for Cameron Archer, we would have a versatile forward who plays at his best as a striker who can drop back more.
According to FB Ref, Archer is in the 90th percentile for progressive carries, 73rd for successful take-ons, and 84th for shot creating actions. This means he is amongst the best for receiving, turning, and creating opportunities. Stylistically, he is a fast Kelechi Iheanacho. Financially, you would see around £15-20m.
Ramsey is an attacking-midfielder. Likely, we can see him as a replacement to James Maddison: if the Foxes went down, ‘Madders’ would have to be sold. Stylistically, the English midfielder is a balanced AM: 88th percentile for non-penalty xG, 73rd for progressive passes (usually to Archer), 66th for last ditch shot blocking. Interestingly then, Ramsey can both go forward to shot, and get back to defend.
Financially, you would be looking around £10-15m. That is not a bad price for one of the best creative players in the Championship at the moment. I think these two would be great signings even if we do not go down, although I would prefer Alex Scott if possible.