3 Things to know about Leicester transfer target Alfie Taylor

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Leicester City are obviously exploring a plethora of targets ahead of their squad’s decimation. Here is what you should know of the latest target.

This coming transfer window will see an exodus of Foxes. The King Power club will lose several for definite, then they will also likely lose a few others through sales. This could leave them weak in multiple positions, including defence.

According to reports, the Foxes are interested in U21 player Alfie Taylor. The 19-year-old plays for Hull City but is yet to make an appearance for the senior XI. He has played in the youth sides extensively though.

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Firstly, let us have a quick gander at who we are competing with for the signing. Leicester, Leeds United, and Crystal Palace are looking into the English defender. So, although not sought after by the big clubs – probably due to a lack of experience – these teams in our near vicinity in the table are interested. That is a good sign.

However, Taylor is extremely inexperienced. As such, it is unlikely that Dean Smith’s side are targeting the player for the sake of bringing into the senior side next season. If the defender is brought in, then it will be to go out on loan. I suppose a lot could depend on which division the Foxes end up in.

The Tigers rate the player highly, so any offer would not be cheap by Championship standards. We could possibly expect anywhere from £6-10m to secure the signature, and then City would also need to work out where to put the player.

Taylor does not seem ready for senior football, so I should expect a loan move for the player. After all, the Foxes do have Ben Nelson to promote to the senior squad before they promote anyone else. Leicester also have Lewis Brunt who could make the jump next campaign.

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As such, my personal opinion is that any move has to include a loan move, but if not then the Englishman must go straight into the youth setup to develop. The King Power club need to toughen up with better players, not weaken so far. Otherwise, I’d rather keep Daniel Amartey and promote Brunt as our depth options behind Wout Faes and Harry Souttar.