Leicester have been struggling with an injury crisis lately, and it has reflected in their performances and league position in the Premier League as they go into the second half of their season.
The Foxes have also recently had games postponed due to a virus outbreak in the camp, which has added to Leicester’s inability to climb the table into a much more comfortable position in the top half of the Premier League table, where they have finished inside of for the last four seasons.
Brendan Rodgers would have been hoping to look to the winter transfer window to make new additions to the side to add more depth after losing key players like Jamie Vardy and Wesley Fofana to injury and gain more reliability in fitness going into the new year, however, it doesn’t seem to be an option.
The Irish manager spoke to the press last month, hinting at a quiet window for the club due to lack of funds:
“To be fair I am not sure we have the funds to do that to be honest. It is one where you just have to make do with what you have,” Rodgers revealed.
If Leicester’s predicted quiet window stems from a lack of funds, the manager could have a look at his squad and offer them up to other clubs in a bid to boost funds and bring in the players to add the depth needed to cover key positions in the squad during periods of injury.
One player who seems to be out of favour in Rodgers’ squad is Filip Benkovic, who is yet to feature for Leicester City this season after returning from a loan spell at OH Leuven in the summer. In fact he has only featured twice in the senior team for the Foxes, once in an FA Cup game in 2020, and the other in an EFL Cup game in 2018.
The £32k-per-week centre back who was once hailed “sensational” by his manager, Rodgers, has not had the opportunity to make his mark on the team, even in the Foxes’ poor form in the first half of the campaign with the side conceding more goals than they have scored so far.
Their defensive play has come into question on many occasions, especially when the side has now conceded 11 goals in their last four Premier League games, with six of those leaked against Manchester City on Boxing Day.
If the manager isn’t going to play the defender it makes sense for the club to sell him to raise funds, allowing Rodgers to add players with the boss claiming that the club now has “a different focus” in the transfer window.
In other news: Foxes on course to sign Charles De Ketelaere