If either Ndidi or Iheanacho leave they will need to be replaced. It would be a risk to rely on Casedei and Tom Cannon to fill the gaps given the former’s inconsistent performances and the latter not having previously played for the Foxes and only recently back from a serious injury.
There is no shortage of names being mentioned as possible in-comings. In midfield, the Foxes have been linked with Dylan Sloan, a young Irishman currently playing for Larne FC, Jhon Arias, a 26 year old Colombian international currently plying his trade with Brazilian outfit Fluminense, and Oliver Skipp currently a bit-part player at Tottenham. Up front, Leicester have been linked in particular with Ben Brereton Diaz. The former Blackburn striker has struggled at Villarreal since his move in the summer and it is said the Spanish club would sanction a loan deal to give the player more game time. Another, more left-field, option would be the promising West Bromwich Albion frontman Tom Fellows who is also, it is said, interesting Southampton.
The departure of some fringe players may allow for strengthening whatever happens elsewhere in the squad. The priority areas must be central midfield and up front not least because, even if they stay, Ndidi and Iheanacho will be absent for a number of weeks at the African Cup of Nations to be held in the Ivory Coast between January 13 and February 11. Finally, some cover for James Justin at left back may be necessary depending on the injury prognosis for Callum Doyle. January is a notoriously difficult window to conduct transfer business, but, despite that, it may prove to be a busy time for the Foxes.