Journalist Rob Tanner has laid out what he thinks the priority for Leicester City will be during this summer’s transfer window.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have made excellent progress on where they were last year as they look set to take a big step forward, sitting on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since the 2016/17 season after they had won the league the season before.
But according to Tanner, speaking on the 5000/1 podcast, further progress won’t be brought about by buying many players – instead, it will come predominantly by keeping hold of the core of players that are already at the club.
He said: “Having recorded a loss of £67m, I think the priority for Rodgers will be to keep this squad together, first and foremost. And we’ve seen every summer so far, one key player has gone for big money, but that money has been immediately reinvested back into the squad and even during the pandemic, last summer, they still brought in Castagne and bought Fofana in because they could see huge value in those deals. So I think it will be more of the same.
“They will try and consolidate this squad, get some of these contracts sorted out – certainly the key men that they want to keep and build the team around – and then add; I think they will still try and support Brendan by adding during the summer.”
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TIF Thoughts on Rob Tanner’s comments about Leicester City this summer…
Given the financial hit that Tanner mentions, it is hard to imagine Leicester, or indeed many clubs for that matter, being in a position to spend big.
So rather than buying players on three or four-year deals, tying down the younger players in the squad such as Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Caglar Söyüncü and others on long-term deals to make sure that they are the future of the club would make a lot of sense.
Focus on them, look to supplement them with cheap ‘gems’ like they have done in the past, and they could be set up for the next few years.