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Leicester City Transfer News (incoming):
Youri Tielemans ($51.3M from AS Monaco): Tielemans was a monster for this team last season while he was on loan. I’m a little surprised that Leicester was able to get AS Monaco to let go of him. Though let’s be honest, $50M tends to talk pretty loudly. Tielemans made 13 appearances for the Premier League side during which he scored three goals and four assists. Tielemans sparked a revival in Leicester’s fortunes for the season, and he should be a huge asset under Brendan Rodgers. While this is a big outlay, I think this is a monster transfer for Leicester City.
Ayoze Perez ($38M from Newcastle): Perez is a big transfer for the club. While part of Newcastle United last season, Perez was responsible for scoring or assisting on 33% of Newcastle’s Premier League goals. In all 41 appearances that Perez made for the Magpies, he contributed 13 goals and four assists. However, Perez also contributes on the defensive end averaging 1.6 successful tackles, 1.1 interceptions, and 0.8 clearances per game. The one thing that seems particularly strange about this move is that they already have an incredibly successful attacking midfield player in James Maddison. I’m not sure whether we are going to see Brendan Rodgers utilize both players, or if the much-desired Maddison is perhaps a little closer to a transfer away from the Foxes than we initially thought. Either way, I think this is a steal for the Foxes. Personally, I would love to see Vardy lead the line with Perez slightly behind and Maddison providing the service, maybe it’s just me — but that seems like it could scare some opponents. Considering Rodgers preferred formation, it’s totally viable to have both players active.
James Justin (Undisclosed): The details of this transfer are all undisclosed at this time. That said, Justin seems to be a solid young(er) back that can play on either side and get forward, responsibly. Across all 52 appearances for Luton Town, he provided nine assists and three goals. More often than not, he would also go the full 90 minutes. I have high hopes for Justin; however, at the same time, I think there’s going to be a pretty massive step-up in quality from English Tier 3 to one of the best leagues in the world. My initial thoughts are that Rodgers is wanting to start lining up a longterm replacement for Christian Fuchs who’s already 34.
Islam Slimani (Return from Loan): Slimani returned from a loan at Fenerbache SK, where frankly, he was terrible. He played a total of 110 minutes between week 17 and week 34. Fenerbache, who paid for the loan, were probably not thrilled with his five goals scored in 25 appearances. During his stay, he really did have an average of over 400 minutes between goals. Given his lackluster performance, I have serious doubts about him coming back into the first team. He also has only one year remaining on his contract, which I expect to let the club run out (so I can write about him here next year).
Fousseni Diabate (Return from Loan): Diabate stayed with the club for the first half of the season to mixed success. The decision was made to loan him out to Sivasspor in Turkey, and although his goalscoring was not substantially better, he provided two goals and three assists. I’m not ready to write Diabate off, but he needs to make a substantial improvement in his control in the final third. He’s made some poor giveaways; however, I think that Diabate still has potential. His peripheral statistics are far better than Slimani’s, which leads me to believe that in spite of his poor goalscoring record, the effort is there. I would not be surprised if Diabate goes out on loan again, but I think there’s the still the possibility of a place for him with the Foxes.
Leonard Ulloa (Return from Loan): After a subpar showing in the 2017-2018 season, Ulloa was sent to Mexico where he played for CF Pachuca. After two goals and two assists in twenty appearances in the 2017-2018, Ulloa exploded for 14 goals in 32 appearances (only for 1700 minutes). Effectively Ulloa was scoring for Pachuca every 176 minutes, and the rate only gets better if you include his assist. While I think his age (32) may start to preclude him from being an everyday starter, I think he can provide a spark off the bench if this goal form continues. Part of this becomes clear by looking at the wild variances in his time on the pitch for Pachuca. Still, I think he can play a role going forward.
Andy King (Return from Loan): King spent the entire first half of last season with the Foxes, during which he spent 24 weeks, none in the senior squad. He did play with the second team a few times, but I can’t imagine that’s where he wants to be at this stage of his career. For the second part of the season, he would go on loan to Derby where he would play vastly inconsistent minutes. After a few games with Derby, he would suffer an ankle injury that would not allow him to return this season. From what I’ve been able to find regarding the situation, he seems to be back on the path to fitness, but I’m not sure he has a role in Leicester.
Filip Benkovic (Return from Loan): Benkovic was one of the players I was really excited about when Leicester pulled out the checkbook and picked him up last year. From those notes, I discussed how he seemed to be a solid young defender, who was capable of getting involved in the counter, most of which rang true. Benkovich spent almost the entire season on loan with Celtic last year, and once he got integrated with the team, he played substantial minutes. However, he would suffer an ankle injury that would keep him out for several weeks. I’m still high on Benkovic and think he has serious potential and we might see him sooner rather than later if the transfer rumors are to be believed (*cough* Maguire *cough*). If that departure does happen, it would leave Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyunku, and Benkovic to battle over the majority of the minutes.
Adrien Silva (Return from Loan): In the first half of the season, Adrien Silva spent a substantial portion of his time on the bench. However, the club sent him on loan to AS Monaco for the second half of the season. Here, Adrien Silva would play in every game he was present for, except for one game for yellow card accumulation. In line with his defensive duties, he was ever-present on the defensive side of things for Monaco. He averaged more than three successful tackles, one interception, and almost two clearances per game. This is exactly the role you want your defensive midfielder to play. However, in spite of his successful loan, I remain unconvinced about his role in this team for the 2019-2020 team. With the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation with you guessed it, two defensive midfielders, there’s a possibility he could get some playing time alongside Wilfred Ndidi or Daniel Amartey.
Leicester City Transfer News (outgoing):
Davide Lorenzo (Released): Lorenzo has bounced around all over the place after starting with Juventus youth side. He went on two loan spells while with Juventus but ended up leaving on a free transfer at the end of his contract. He joined Leicester on a free transfer in December 2018, although his contract would only be through June. He never made an appearance for the senior club, and unfortunately, he will be released on yet another free.
Danny Simpson (Released): Simpson has been with the club for several seasons. He began suffering from injury problems late in the 2017-2018, which would hamper his appearances. Simpson began to struggle to find his way onto the team-sheet in 2018-2019. He would only appear in ten matches for the first team for a total of 651 minutes. Simpson is a solid player, but I think the combination of his increasingly recurrent injury issues and his age (32) make him a bit of a gamble. That said, fans should fondly remember his 133 first-team appearances for the club.
Shinji Okazaki (Released/Free Transfer to Malaga): Okazaki joined Leicester from Mainz 05 in 2015. Okazaki’s situation is similar to Simpson’s; he began suffering from an increase in injuries starting in the 2017-2018 season. In 2018-2019 he would take a role on the periphery of the club. Despite featuring in a number of matches, his fitness severely limited his minutes for the club. Over 21 appearances he would only manage 400 minutes. His increasing age (33) and his fitness struggles likely have made the club hesitant to tie him down. Okazaki ends his career at Leicester with almost 140 appearances. Update: Okazaki has joined Malaga in La Liga.
Last Updated: July 29, 2019