Leicester City have reportedly got their summer transfer deals started with an offer for Olympique Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.
According to Estadio Deportivo, the Foxes were the most recent club to table a deal for the soon-to-be out-of-contract Frenchman, a contract that was apparently worth €3.5m each year.
It remains to be seen whether that would be enough for Director of Football Jon Rudkin to tempt the former Newcastle United man to the King Power Stadium, but it will surely be an anxious wait for current Leicester winger Marc Albrighton whose place in the side is now under massive threat.
When comparing the outputs of the two players, it is clear that Thauvin comes out on top.
Since re-signing for Marseille in 2016, the £28.8m-rated winger has contributed 71 goals in all competitions. To add to this, the 2018 World Cup winner has also produced 47 assists for a total direct goal contribution count of 118 in 195 matches.
For context, Albrighton has only managed to contribute 11 goals and 31 assists – just 42 direct goal contributions – in the same time period.
Clearly, there is a huge disparity between the two players. It would seem nonsensical that the current Leicester man would be included in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up considering the quality that Thauvin possesses. This is even despite the Northern-Irishman recently labelling his winger as “incredible”.
Whilst it could be said that Albrighton has played far fewer minutes than the Frenchman – an aspect that could be true considering that the former Aston Villa man has taken to the pitch for almost 1000 minutes less than Thauvin this season – the Frenchman continues to come out on top when that is taken into account.
He averages more shots, more passes, more dribbles, more crosses and more key passes than Albrighton per game, whilst also winning more fouls, according to WhoScored.
It just appears that he is a far more potent weapon.
Whilst 31-year-old Albrighton has been an excellent servant for the Foxes since his arrival nearly seven years ago, his time as a starter is now certainly under threat with the reported interest in Thauvin.