Leicester City target Zack Steffen has responded to rumours of a move, while is fellow Manchester City goalie has come under scrutiny by the Foxes.
Transfers can be a tricky situation for any relegated team. The King Power club once had great pulling power for top talent, now they have to fight for every last drop. Luckily, two great signings in Harry Winks and Connor Coady have already been completed. Onwards to the next!
This next one will be crucial. In a team which conceded 68 goals in their 38 Premier League fixtures, new defenders and goalkeepers are in desperate demand. The first rumour was towards US International Steffen.
Leicester City target responds
It is seldom the case a player specifically references and comments upon the transfer speculation surrounding a particular club. Well, this is one of those infrequent occasions, and it is most interesting towards the validity of the story.
"“I haven’t heard anything from my agent… So my focus is just to get healthy and build a foundation of strength and then whatever else the Lord has for me, I’ll let him plan out”"
Essentially then, speculation and rumours are likely just that. Man City’s backup goalie is on course to depart the ‘Citizens’ due to a lack of game time, a successful loan spell in the EFL Championship, and a hunger to get senior game time as the first team goalkeeper.
The player is not a bad ‘keeper. However, the King Power club already have Daniel Iversen who has shone despite a rough start to his Leicester career, so they do not really need an experienced option in that position. This being said, Steffen does fit with Enzo Maresca’s current transfer strategy.
Harry Winks and Connor Coady were both hungry for game time, a new challenge, and to prove themselves. LCFC also represents and interesting proposition: for any lower to mid EPL player, you can get first team football, be a critical element of a promotion story, and return to the Premier League. Zack Steffen is experienced, quality, and hungry.
A new target emerges
As a result of those Maresca links, James Trafford is understood to be of interest to the Leicester City scouting setup. Youthful, already high quality, and certainly another hungry talent, Trafford represents the kind of player I think Leicester should be signing.
Having played on loan at Bolton in League One, the English U21 star has faced 160 shots on target and only conceded 34 goals. By comparison, the Danish goalkeeper faced 59 shots across significantly less games and conceded 22. Although at a lower level, the fundamentals are sound.
The question for me would be whether Trafford overtakes Danny Ward or Iversen. The answer is clear however: the Welshman is a liability I once thought good enough, but Iversen is just coming into the story. The Danish goalkeeper cannot be held accountable for the tragedy of the Foxes. The King Power side should oust Ward, install Iversen, and sign Trafford not Steffen.