If recent suggestions are to be believed, Leicester City are set to move for a centre-back in the summer transfer window.
The Foxes have been linked to a number of central defenders around Europe, with the most prominent names being Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai and Joachim Andersen, who is currently on-loan at Premier League rivals Fulham.
Whilst the latter could be considered as the better potential arrival due to his Premier League experience, it is actually the Hungarian that Brendan Rodgers and Jon Rudkin should swoop for instead.
When comparing the two defenders, the Fenerbahce man produces more tackles – 1.5 to 1 – per game than Andersen according to WhoScored.
Considering that his team have spent the majority of the season towards the top of the SuperLig table, those defensive statistics are eye-catching.
Meanwhile, Szalai also commits far fewer fouls which, taking into account he is junior to Andersen, is a very impressive feat.
The 11-cap Hungarian, who only arrived in Turkey in the January transfer window, also racks up a far more impressive pass success rate – 85.9% compared to 81.2%. This is certainly an aspect that would appeal to the Foxes considering Leicester’s intentions to dominate the ball during a game.
Surprisingly, Szalai is also far more of an offensive threat than Andersen by having 0.8 shots per game compared to 0.3. Whilst not his primary assignment, that goal threat will, of course, come in useful.
Another benefit of targeting the Fenerbahce man would also be the ease at which a deal could be completed. Currently rated at £3.3m, he could be far less costly than Andersen, who possesses a transfer rating of £15m at the current time.
So with the Foxes on the hunt for a centre-back, Atilla Szalai certainly seems like the prime candidate of the names that have been suggested thus far.