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Leicester City FC squad – new player in and out 2018/19. Here is the Leicester City FC Squad 2018/19 (First Team).
Leicester have been improving their squad this 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.
The Leicester City FC squad line up 2018/19 season will consist 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, who is also a very good option for Claude Puel.
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. It will be interesting to see how much a commanding defender like Maguire can improve 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. His replacement, Portuguese international Adrien Silva, won’t be able to play until January as Leicester missed the transfer deadline by 14 seconds. Time will tell how costly this could be for the Foxes.
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.
As you can see, Leicester do have a tricky end to the season in terms of fixtures. It’s a big ask for them to take results from all of those games but if they can manage three wins out of the next six that would be a massive achievement. If they can survive getting beaten too many times in the next six games, they can perhaps have another successful season. Read more at https://www.lcfc.com.
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