Since Brendan Rodgers took over at Leicester, the Midlands outfit has been flying in the Premier League. The Foxes arguably look the closest to securing a Premier League title since their underdog win back in 2015/16.
The former Liverpool and Celtic boss has reeled in blockbuster new recruits including Youri Tielemans and Wesley Fofana. But it’s not just the big money signings that Leicester can gloat about. Rodgers has enticed one of the country’s most exciting young talents to the King Power Stadium in the form of James Justin.
The England youth international has rapidly become one of Leicester’s most important players. He hasn’t missed a single minute of Premier League action this season and has contributed a goal and two assists as well as seven clean sheets, as per Transfermarkt.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Rob Lee has waxed lyrical about the 22-year-old defender and his promise of a very decorated future.
“Leicester sign a lot of good, younger players,” the pundit said. “James Justin, they got from Luton for £4million. He’ll be the next England left-back, or right-back because he can play either.”
Indeed, Justin boats extreme versatility and has already showcased this in his short time at Leicester. This season alone, the Luton-born defender has played on both defensive flanks and has also taken midfield positions in his stride as well.
England have the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James in their ranks after impressing at club level. According to premierleague.com, Justin is in the top ten players this season for most tackles made so far. His 51 tackles trumps the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Rodgers recently praised his defender’s performances as of late and branded him an “outstanding” player to have on his books.
Already, the £35,000 per week talent is putting himself on a pedestal for Gareth Southgate and if Leicester continue to turn the gears in the Premier League, Justin could find himself following a similar path to his fellow young internationals.
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