Premier League Previews: Leicester City
What are you most excited about heading into the new season?
It’s fair to say this is a really exciting season for us. Whisper it, but there’s talk of European qualification already!
I think what excites me most is our midfield trio of Ndidi, Tielemans, and Maddison. All three scream top six quality and they’re only getting better year-on-year as they mature. They really started to click as a unit when Rodgers came in at the backend of last season and I’m expecting them all to kick on again this campaign.
What worries you ahead of the new season?
Schmeichel’s distribution. There’s not a great deal to be concerned about as a Leicester fan at the moment, but I’d be lying if I said my heart’s not in my mouth every time Kasper passes out from the back.
His long-range kicking has been brilliant for years, but it annoys me when you hear pundits say: “Schmeichel’s excellent with the ball at his feet” – that simply isn’t true. He’s a great shot-stopper, phenomenal leader, and an incredible club ambassador. Unfortunately, he’s just not built in the Ederson/Alisson mould.
What have you made of your club’s transfer activity this summer?
The Maguire saga has dominated large parts of our summer window. I can’t lie, I’m gutted to see him go, but for £80m, you have to say it’s a great bit of business for the club.
In terms of incomings, signing Tielemans on a permanent basis is obviously massive, and I’m really excited to see what Pérez brings to our forward line. James Justin seems like a shrewd bit of business too, providing competition for both Ricardo and Chilwell.
What unpopular opinion do you have about your team?
I think It’s one a few Leicester fans hold which supporters of other clubs just can’t seem to get their heads around – Marc Albrighton should have England caps to his name.
Given the amount of dross that’s donned the Three Lions shirt over the years, I can’t fathom why Albrighton never got his shot. He’s been brilliant for Leicester ever since signing back in 2014.
Who would win if your squad had a WWE Royal Rumble style fight?
A few years back, it would have been a toss up between Marcin Wasilewski and Robert Huth. These days, I think captain Morgan would be your stand out favourite.
I’m going left-field, though – I reckon Vardy could nick it. He’s always winding up opposition players on the pitch and you wouldn’t put it past him to play dirty. He’d let the big men tire each other out before swooping in at the end to steal all the glory.
Where do you think your team will realistically finish in the Premier League?
I think we’ll come 7th. My answer would’ve been higher before the Maguire sale, but I still think we’ll be the ‘best of the rest’.
West Ham’s squad is too top-heavy, Wolves have European football to juggle, Everton still look a signing or two off being a real threat, and I just feel that we’re outright better than Watford.
Who knows, at least one of Arsenal, Chelsea, or United may have a shocker too, so top six could well be a possibility.