Wake up Jon Rudkin
Beating Coventry in the manner LCFC did was perhaps the perfect scenario in many ways. It ensured that the Foxes got three points against their rivals whilst hopefully highlighting the need for further activity in the transfer market. Though Leicester City dominated possession and had control for most of the game, the final ball was often missing.
Perhaps the biggest issue was down to personnel. Players such as Wilfried Ndidi and unfortunately Jamie Vardy just don’t fit the way Maresca wants to play. For instance, Wilf’s performance wasn’t terrible, but his lack of technical security and vision stuck out like a sore thumb. This is not his fault, but he, like several others, is a square peg in a round hole.
With strong links to Cesare Casadei and Jerusun Rak-Sakyi, the Foxes will hopefully add to their attacking arsenal in the near future. Nevertheless, whilst Casadei has forged a reputation as an effective goalscoring midfielder, the goalscoring prowess of KDH makes some fans wonder whether it would be more prudent to sign a creative ‘8’ instead of or in addition to the young Italian.
Names such as Gustavo Hamer or Ilias Chair have no rumours to them but would certainly fit right into Maresca’s side. Hamer for instance was immense against the Foxes, and Maresca labelled him “the best player in the Championship”. Ultimately, however, this would depend on the remaining budget available and with both likely to cost around £10m each, this may be infeasible without further sales.
Some of these conundrums can be sorted out in-house such as starting Kelechi Iheanacho and even Dennis Praet. However, with the futures of both of these players unclear, it would be wise if Leicester City sorted out replacements sooner rather than later.