Who’s to blame for Leicester relegation? Part 3: goalkeepers

Danny Ward of Leicester City (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
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It’s not a bad dream, this is all too real. Next season we’ll be grabbing three-minute highlights or quick goal round-ups on ITV’s Football League Show, where Leicester City’s matches will be lucky to be mentioned in the opening montage. Accompanied by a bad wind-jazz instrumental music arrangement, similar to that of a 1980s Sunday afternoon American Cop show (Krusty The Clown-esque sigh)! Anyway are the goalkeepers to blame for this nightmare of a season?

Kasper Schmeichel – 0 games

Four days before the opening game of the season, the captain and number one stopper of 11 years left the club to join Moneybags, OGC Nice. Whoever this decision was made for, it wasn’t done with Leicester City in mind. It is a microcosm of how poorly this season has been planned from start to finish. Given how much Schmeichel has enjoyed his time at the club it is remarkable that this would happen or that the club would allow it so openly.

In truth Schmeichel’s performances had been on the decline for a while and him leaving or having more of a challenge was the natural order. But not days before the start of the season, it was stupid from the club and smacked of a lack of control. Strangely despite not playing for Leicester all season, Schmeichel’s reputation soared particularly when his replacement stepped into the fray.