The King Power side have little time left in the winter window, and it is time for the Foxes to make some moves in the market. Ideally, several have to leave and a few have to join to help with the refresh of the side after that pathetic relegation from the Premier League.
It is already almost confirmed that Stefano Sensi will be joining Leicester. This is perhaps one of the least exciting deals to happen, but at least we have a replacement for Cesare Casadei who’s loan was revoked by Chelsea following a short stint with the Foxes. Nevertheless, the difficulty in getting the deal done was probably a lack of departures.
Leicester City’s ideal departures
On the topic of departures, several of Enzo Maresca’s players could do with a permanent move away from the King Power to reduce wasted space and make financial wiggle room for other sales. I am not going to go completely ridiculous, but of course moves are unlikely at this stage.
1. Danny Ward
2. Kelechi Iheanacho
3. Dennis Praet
4. Wilfred Ndidi
The Welsh goalkeeper did an alright job during last campaign, but could not complete any heroics and got the basics wrong while stumbling with his feet. Daniel Iversen fell foul of the same issues during the latter half of the relegation season. Mads Hermansen is significantly better, and Jakub Stolarczyk is getting his chance, it is time for Danny Ward to leave so Leicester can sign.
Two more shocking suggestions there are Ndidi and Iheanacho. The Nigerian duo are brilliant for the Foxes and could be crucial in any promotion push over the course of the campaign should Maresca’s side retain the pair. However, both are nearing the terminal of their contracts, and upon that point we lose two players for nothing. I would rather lose them while within the Championship with time to develop replacements before a hopeful return to the Premier League. Plus, Tom Cannon and Patson Daka are our first team strikers and Jamie Vardy the ideal impact sub.
Meanwhile, the Belgian midfielder Praet has finally been getting opportunities to play for Leicester City in the Championship. Of course, the player is a good talent and perfectly capable of scoring goals at any level. However, with little game time under his belt and less and less to come, it is time to depart so we can get some financial wiggle room in the market.
Otherwise, Leicester need midfield reinforcements who can create chances and score chances, as well as defenders who can offer competition and support for the starting XI. I think realistically we have to look at upper Championship teams excluding our rivals to find some of the best players, plus continuing our search for talent from the Danish league.
5. Albert Grønbæk
6. Abdoullah Ba
7. Bobby Thomas
Grønbæk is a creative midfielder we saw linked near the beginning of the window, he would offer a proper rotation option for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall as well as being stylistically perfect for Enzo Maresca’s Leicester City style. The Foxes could do with more Danish delights.
Sunderland and Coventry City are high-fliers regularly performing well in the Championship. It is time for Ba - another midfielder and more suited to that Wilfred Ndidi role - as another strong progressive midfielder to join Leicester and bolster our options with Ndidi and Praet hopefully leaving. This would leave us with Wanya Marcal-Madivadua and Ba to perform in that position, with a few players who could be promoted from the youth squad over the next few seasons.
Meanwhile, at the back, Thomas of Coventry has been in great form for the sky blues, and is actually quite a progressive right-footed centre-back. We need reinforcements at the back, and another right-sided option that focuses on progressing the ball and creating chances to compete with Wout Faes should be the priority - after all, James Justin and Callum Doyle are relatively settled on the left.
The Foxes are highly unlikely to make any major moves in the transfer market. There are a few updates, but nothing of note beyond Sensi at this time. What do you think of the current market, and do you have any players you would want Leicester to ideally sign? Let Foxes of Leicester know through our social channels.