An update has emerged about Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet, regarding his situation at the club.
According to The Athletic, Dennis Praet is becoming unsettled at Leicester due to a lack of game time and could push for a move this summer. Praet was using sparingly by Rodgers last term and the Belgian is now said to be weighing up his options ahead of next season.
The report claims that the expected signing of Boubakary Soumare will push Praet further down the pecking order and increase the limits on his game time. Soumar is set to join the Foxes from Ligue 1 giants Lille and will compete for a spot in the midfield three.
Jon Rudkin must ensure that he ruthlessly axes Praet from the King Power Stadium this summer. Leicester do not need players at the club who do not want to be there and they should not risk the chance of upsetting the mood in the changing room by keeping the Belgian at the club.
If he is interested in leaving because he is not happy with where he sits within the squad, then Rudkin must find him a suitable transfer in the coming months and get him away from Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
It would be a shame as Praet enjoyed some impressive displays in his first season in the Midlands. In February of last year, Rodgers praised the “excellent” midfielder for his performances in a Leicester shirt during his debut campaign with the club. The former Liverpool boss highlighted his versatility and discipline after he was shifted into a holding midfield role.
“Every time he’s played, he’s been good or he’s been excellent. He always gives something to the team. He’s not naturally a defensive midfielder, but he has the discipline.”
However, his fortunes have changed in the 16 months since those quotes from Rodgers. Praet ended the campaign with 10 Premier League starts to his name and 15 appearances in total, with a disappointing WhoScored rating of 6.41. This shows that the £77k-per-week maestro has struggled in England recently and has regressed into a player Rodgers does not need in his squad.
With Soumare now coming in to add to their midfield ranks alongside the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Nampalys Mendy and Hamza Choudhury, Praet may not get much of a look-in next season. Therefore, Rudkin should axe him from the squad, allowing him to find a new club and getting an unhappy player out of the dressing room.