Leicester City could save themselves millions of pounds in the transfer market this summer by reintroducing winger Rachid Ghezzal.
The Foxes finished a fabulous 2020/21 on a disappointing note following a final-day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
An own goal by Kasper Schmeichel was compounded by a Gareth Bale brace to condemn the Midlands outfit to a second consecutive fifth-place finish, missing out on a Champions League qualification spot by a solitary point.
It’s left Brendan Rodgers’ men with work to do in the transfer window over the coming months as the Northern Irish manager looks to bolster his squad in order to finally break into the Premier League’s top four.
However, unlike many of their rivals at the upper echelon of the top-flight table, Leicester don’t have a huge budget to work with when it comes to recruiting new signings.
The current FA Cup holders have built their success off of working smartly in the market, buying young gems with vast amounts of potential before developing their talent and selling them on for huge profits.
Links to highly-rated stars such as Odsonne Edouard, Boubakary Soumare and Nuno Mendes indicate a similar strategy is being targetted by the club’s hierarchy this time around, but talk of a move for Manchester United’s Dan James is indicative of an ulterior motive.
With key forward Harvey Barnes suffering a season-ending injury back in February, Rodgers found himself having to play either attacking midfielder Ajoze Perez or full-back Ricardo Pereira out wide, limiting his side’s attacking ability.
Therefore, the purchase of another winger to add strength in depth in that particular position makes sense but Leicester may already have the perfect solution on their books.
Ghezzal struggled to make an impact upon his arrival at Leicester back in 2018, making just eight league starts and scoring a solitary goal as the Foxes limped to a mid-table finish.
A loan to Fiorentina the following season followed and also failed to produce an upturn in performances from the Algeria international before his fortunes changed in the recently concluded campaign.
The 29-year-old bagged eight league goals and provided an incredible 17 assists for Turkish giants Besiktas as Sergen Yalcin’s men completed a domestic double.
While Ghezzal may not provide the quality to propel Leicester into Europe’s elite cup competition, the money Rodgers can save by reintroducing the tricky wizard would allow him to bring in the calibre of players capable of doing just that.
It’s a strategy that the Foxes should consider, especially given the current financial restraints as it could prove to be the difference next season.