Fofana was an absolute revelation when he arrived. I’ll never forget how excited I was watching him play. He was just an absolute monster. One of my close friends is a big Gunners fan and I would constantly brag to him how well Fofana adapted to the intensity of the Premier League while his compatriot William Saliba had to be sent back to France to continue to develop. This kid was a generational talent in the making and we had him.
We all know how it went and ended but for a short period, there were murmurs that Real Madrid were eying a move for the frenchman. I genuinely saw the amazing model that Leicester had started, this incredible scouting and funnelling to bigger teams-plan was being given a shot of steroids. Having Los Blancos come in for a player that you signed only a year or two prior is a serious indication of how well your club scouts and it seemed Leicester had it nailed down to a science at this point.
In addition to just how much potential the former Fox had, there is also the moments he provided us. I’ll never forget his return to action from a long term injury versus Rennes, scoring the header the way he did. Like it was written in a movie script. While we all, myself very much included, may hate the way he left we were lucky to have him and get the money for him we did. We can see what his injury record is like now; we may have dodged a bullet by selling him.
Second in my best modern defenders of City is Caglar Soyuncu. Ah yes, good ol’ Farquad himself. What a player he grew into. Originally brought in to fill the Harry Maguire sized void left in the East Midlands, he soon developed a cult following of his own. It’s a shame for all the things he did for the club we didn’t get a chance to properly say goodbye to him. I’m sure the relegation gutted him as well, despite him sodding off to a Champions League team for free.