Leicester City continue their transformation into a progressive side, and it seems defenders are important. A decision has been made on Wout Faes’ future.
The King Power club rely on a high possession style of play where the defenders must be quick off their feet and capable passers of the ball. This is the rumoured reasoning for the freezing of Harry Souttar and Victor Kristiansen so soon after joining the Foxes. The same cannot be said for a couple of our centre-backs.
Leicester City’s Wout Faes decision
The Belgian central defender has been a regular under Enzo Maresca’s first three Championship fixtures. In fact, Faes is one of only six players to have featured 100% of normal time in every single match – that is 270 minutes at the moment. Clearly the manager wants him.
It seems too the club believes the same. Within the depths of Jordan Blackwell’s recent Q&A, we caught a glimpse of a snippet of vital information. Simply put, the Foxes want to retain the Belgian defender as Faes is suited to the way the Italian head coach wants his team to play. Further to this, this means that unless an extremely tempting offer comes in, Leicester are under no pressure to sell this summer. This situation could change dramatically next campaign.
However, the current ordeal is far from a forgone conclusion in favour of Faes retaining his status as a player for the King Power side in the Championship. Most of the speculation initiates from comments made by the international CB in an interview regarding his future.
"“As a football player you want to be playing at the highest level, but we are in the situation we are in now and you have to face it… It doesn’t matter what division… The window is not closed yet, so you never know what can happen, but for now, I am fully focused on Leicester”"
That final sentence is a little ominous: ‘You never know what can happen’. That is certainly true in this context: a player where we know the quality which they have, a team just relegated abysmally from the top division, and the athlete commenting on how he would love to quickly be back in the top division. The hope is of course that Faes will be playing with Leicester in a promoted side next season.
In my opinion, the Belgian must be retained, and ideally we should be keeping Harry Souttar. We need strong defenders who are versatile, able to pass, aerially strong, and provide an option different from what system we are currently performing in: after all, that formation and system will sometimes need to be altered to suit injuries or different opposition.