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Leicester City FC squad – new players in and out 2018/19. Here is the Leicester City FC Squad 2018/19 (First Team).
Leicester improved their squad last summer ahead of the 2018/19 season. After an incredible 2015/16 season, where they won the Premier League against all odds, Leicester City had a challenging season in 2016/17. Unfortunately, they did not live up to the same heights again and only managed a 9th place finish. This was after flirting with relegation for a lot of the season. They had to sack title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri, much to the dismay and criticism of the fans. However, this turned out to be a good decision as his replacement, Craig Shakespeare, guided the Foxes away from relegation and towards a top half finish.
In 2018, Claude Puel took over from Craig Shakespeare and has managed to turn the team around after they found themselves languishing near the bottom three in the 2017/18 season. However, after their recent poor run in the Premier League, which sees them getting stranded at the 12th position in the league table, the French gaffer was also shown the door and they are currently managerless.
The Leicester City FC squad for the 2018/19 season consists of these players.
Leicester City are most likely very comfortable with their current goalkeeping options. They have one of the league’s best goalkeepers, Kasper Schmeichel, in their ranks and as their no.1 choice. They have signed former Hull goalkeeper Edlin Jakupovic as back up and also brought in Danny Ward from Liverpool.
Leicester struggled a bit defensively last season but have as a result brought in a new player this summer. They signed the impressive defender Harry Maguire from Hull City. He arrived for £12.5million and made his debut on the opening weekend of the season vs Arsenal. However, though the Englishman had been a commanding defender for the national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he has not been that much influential for Leicester’s back 4 this season. The Foxes signed Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu and Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic on transfer deadline day in summer 2018.
In midfield, Leicester are not short of good players. It was a big loss for them to lose star man N’Golo Kante at the beginning of the 2016/17 season. He played a very influential role in their title success of 2015/16. However, they still have some good players in there to fill the gap.
They signed Wilfred Ndidi last summer and he put in some good performances over the season. They will have to cope without Danny Drinkwater though, the midfield talisman joining Chelsea in the last few hours of transfer deadline day in summer 2017. His replacement, Portuguese international Adrien Silva, did not have a good enough term in the Premier League and was left on loan in January 2019 to play for the French club AS Monaco.
The Foxes have brought in Youri Tielemans in a swap loan deal from the French club in the January 2019 transfer window, who has not been able to show his true class as of yet.
Going forward is where Leicester as a squad really shine. They have some really talented and pacy players in that area of the pitch and do often score lots of goals. The stand-out talents are Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho. The goals these Vardy scored in 2015/16 was crucial in the title win, and Leicester will feel lucky that they’ve managed to keep hold of Jamie Vardy. Leicester signed Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco for £12.60 million. Ghezzal has been drawing comparisons to their former Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez.
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