Five players to keep Leicester City away from another relegation battle

Leicester City managed to finish the season four places above the relegation zone after one of the most surprising comebacks in Premier League history.

The Foxes sat in the bottom three until late April but only one defeat in their final five fixtures ensured that they’ll be playing in the top-flight again next season.

Leicester were one of last year’s promoted teams and they are the only ones who were able to stay up, as both Queens Park Rangers and Burnley dropped back down. If Nigel Pearson’s men want to make next season’s campaign less uncertain then they’ll need to reinforce their current squad.

Here are five players that will keep Leicester City away from another relegation battle…
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Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson

The full-back may leave Hull after just one season, despite signing a three-year contract last July following the club’s relegation into English football’s second tier.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a £12million move to Aston Villa, but Leicester City should hijack the potential transfer as they are in need of good defenders.

Robertson is a Scotland international and used to play for Dundee before his move into the Premier League just ten months ago.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Austin has had a memorable year which included receiving an England call-up following his 18 league goals for Queens Park Rangers.

The forward couldn’t save his team from the drop but it is unimaginable that he will be playing in the Championship next season.

The 25-year-old is expected to gain interest from big clubs like Liverpool but if Austin decides he wants to go to a team where he’d be guaranteed first-team football then Leicester may be a good option.

Shinji Okazaki

Shinji Okazaki

Nigel Pearson originally made two bids for the forward but his club Mainz, who finished 11th this season in the German Bundesliga, rejected the offers but now that survival is assured Pearson is keen to try once more.

The 29-year-old scored 12 league goals, one more than Leicester’s top scorer Leonardo Ulloa, and made three assists.

Okazaki will set Leicester back £8million, but if the Japan international settles well into the Premier League and helps keep the Foxes up then he’ll be worth it.

Tom Cleverley

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Cleverley previously made 15 appearances for Leicester City back in 2009 and scored two goals for the club.

This season the attacking midfielder was out on loan yet again but this time it was for Aston Villa, who just avoided the drop finishing in 17th.

The 25-year-old is unlikely to be retained by parent club Manchester United with Villa the most obvious destination after impressing these last nine months and particularly within the last few weeks of the season, where he scored three games in a row.

Robert Huth

Robert Huth

The German defender spent four months at Leicester City following a loan deal that begun at the end of January, at which point the club were in dire straits.

Used in the centre of a back three and featuring 14 times for the Foxes, his move coincided with the club’s astonishing climb out of the bottom three.

The 30-year-old is valued at around £3 million with parent club Stoke City said to be willing to let Huth permanently join the midlands based club.