The style of football you can expect from Leicester City under Steve Cooper

A week on after Leicester’s latest managerial appointment, Steve Cooper will lead the Foxes into the new season and this is the style of football fans can expect from him.
Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / Michael Regan/GettyImages

During Cooper tenure at Swansea he led the club to consecutive playoffs using a similar style of football to Brendan Rodgers. Setting up his teams in a 4-2-3-1 formation with having a heavy emphasis on possession. Just like the end of Rodgers' tenure at Leicester his teams were accused of being too slow in the build up.

In the Premier League with Nottingham Forest at the beginning of the 2022/2023 season, the Welshman tried to set up press high - which didn’t work for them. They shipped many goals. After the World Cup, he changed his team to a compacted 4-3-3 in the middle of the park. But that allowed goals to be scored from crosses and wide areas.

At times against the big sides Cooper wasn’t afraid to alter his system from either a five at the back out of possession and three in possession. This change saw Forest pick up results against Manchester United at home, Chelsea away from home and a draw versus Manchester City.

Another thing to note about Steve Cooper, is that he was able to make the City Ground a fortress; they picked up a majority of their points at home. This made it a tough place to visit, which LCFC found out when they lost 2-0 in Nottingham during the 22/23 campaign on their way to relegation. The King Power will need to be a fortress for the Foxes as they bid to stay in the top-flight.

Also during his time at Forest the 44-year-old was able to unlock the likes of Brennan Johnson and Morgan Gibbs-White. He installed a system and style of play that suited both future stars. If we’re just looking at the pure profile of players Cooper could do a similar thing with at Leicester: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall plays as the advanced No.8, as well as Stephy Mavididi and Adbul Fatawu on the flanks.

Additionally, Cooper's methods earned a reputation of growing and developing young talents at every club he’s been with. Whether that was at the beginning of his career at Wrexham, Liverpool, or as the manager of the Trees or Swansea.

This approach suits the Leicester model. The east Midlands outfit have been trying to do this over the last decade with academy graduates like Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell, Hamza Choudhury and Dewsbury-Hall all becoming mainstays in successful Leicester sides. They are mostly then sold for massive profits.

LCFC academy prospects like Will Alves, Sammy Braybrooke and Ben Nelson are waiting in the wings for their respective chances in the first team. With Leicester's peculiar financial situation, nurturing these young talents to sell for potential profit down the line will help sustain EPL ambition.