Claude Puel has come under increasing pressure at the King Power Stadium in recent weeks as the Leicester City fanbase have been growing tired of his side’s style of football and inconsistent results.
The Foxes are currently 11th in the Premier League table and have gone without a win in their last five games in all competitions – a run that includes having been knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two outfit Newport County.
The Foxes have been improved in recent weeks though and were good value for a hard-fought draw against title-chasers Liverpool.
Football FanCast’s Billy Meyers and Will Jones have debated whether or not Leicester fans are right to want the French manager out of their club.
I would say that the Claude Puel situation at Leicester is a difficult one. For a start, the argument that the club is fulfilling expectations and that the fans can’t expect much more in terms of league position is a solid one.
The Foxes currently sit 11th, just six points off seventh where they were sat a few weeks back before a poor run of form set in, which is perhaps their ceiling right now and one that is definitely achievable.
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Puel’s squad is too talented to go down, so perhaps he could have focused on the cup competitions a bit more to get the fans onside, which seems to be the main issue. The fans pay to see exciting, winning football, even more so at home, where Leicester have won just four times all season.
In that respect, they are right to want him out and I think he has already peaked with the Foxes. Although, they should keep him until a decent replacement becomes available.
Leicester, and the club’s fans, should stick with Puel. The club are about where they should be right now, and all things considered, in what has been a trying season on and off the pitch, little more could realistically be expected from Puel’s side.
The former Southampton boss needs more time, and transfer windows, to make this squad his own. With that done, the Foxes can realistically look to force their way up the table a little. Leicester need stability right now, and Puel, whilst he may not be the most charismatic manager in the league, provides that.