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Leicester City: Rob Tanner says Ryan Bertrand could be a target

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Leicester City are facing something of a left-back dilemma ahead of the summer transfer window, journalist Rob Tanner explained on Friday’s episode of the 5000/1 podcast.

Tanner said 19-year-old Luke Thomas, who started the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday, could benefit from a season out on loan where he would play week in, week out.

Elsewhere, 22-year-old James Justin could be out until November after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in February.

And Christian Fuchs, part of the Foxes’ title-winning squad, could leave as a free agent this summer as he reaches the end of his contract.

Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira have both operated on the left for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season, but they are right-footers.

Bertrand ‘would go against Leicester philosophy’ but solve problem

Tanner reckons that, because Leicester have two youthful options who will compete for the left-back position in years to come, it would make sense to target a short-term solution.

“One of the possible targets that would fit that bill is somebody he’s worked with Chelsea and who’s out of contract at Southampton – Ryan Bertrand,” he said.

“Whether he will go for a player that’s 31, that would go against the club’s recruitment philosophy.

“In the short term, holding down the fort for Thomas to develop and Justin to get back to his best, that might be a solution.”

Bertrand assessed

Bertrand is a former PFA Team of the Year member and has racked up more than 250 Premier League appearances.

This season, he’s been averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.3 clearances and 0.5 key passes per 90 minutes for the Saints (via WhoScored).

The Englishman is valued at £9million by Transfermarkt.

Leicester, Tanner added, are expected to target up to five reinforcements if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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