Let’s face it – the 2015/16 campaign has so far turned out to be an absolutely incredible one for Claudio Ranieri and his ever ambitious Leicester City outfit.
The Foxes undoubtedly go down as this season’s standout team, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez impressing more and more with every passing week.
However, although the King Power Stadium faithful will likely remain more than content with their side’s current form, the January transfer window provides the chance for every Premier League team to improve on their respective fortunes this term.
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So with former Manchester City star – Nigel de Jong – subsequently being linked with a move the current league leaders this winter, should Ranieri opt to land the ex-Dutch international as soon as possible, or would Leicester City be better served in looking elsewhere?
Although de Jong currently operates as little more than a bench-warmer for AC Milan these days, that doesn’t mean that the 31-year-old couldn’t still do an impressive job in the Premier League.
Leicester played host to another Serie A favourite in the shape of Esteban Cambiasso last season after all, and the results were pretty successful.
Nigel de Jong developed himself a fairly renowned reputation as a defiant, no-nonsense character in the middle of the park when he last played on these shores. He won many fans over via his tough tackling approach, never say die attitude and impressive ability to dominate the defensive midfield position with relative ease for Manchester City.
The former Netherlands international also possesses a great deal of experience, both at club level and on the international scene. Although he may admittedly need a little time to readjust back into the flow of the quick-fire English game – with a little patience and self-belief from the Foxes manager, this is a player who could easily do the business with Leicester City.
The battling midfield enforcer wouldn’t necessarily walk straight into Ranieri’s starting XI however, for both Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante have thrived in the middle of the park with Gokhan Inler also waiting in the wings.
Leicester have impressed greatly this season, so any player looking to come in and make an impact at the King Power Stadium this January will invariably have to earn their place first and foremost.
Yet because Nigel de Jong could very well be made available for as little as £2million, surely this particular transfer deal must go down as somewhat of a no-brainer for the Foxes faithful? With someone as experienced and capable as the current AC Milan man on board, Leicester City would only improve as a result.
Although his Italian employers may have indeed lost a little faith in the centre-midfielder in these latter stages of his career, the Premier League could once again be providing a new home for de Jong this winter, with Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes reportedly keen on finding themselves a bargain in January.
The 31-year-old may not represent the same player he once proved at Manchester City – but Nigel de Jong must still be considered at the King Power Stadium if Leicester truly want to maintain their amazing form among the English top-flight in 2015/16.