Leicester City’s heroic Premier League win caused great excitement around Europe, but we are at great risk of losing all that hysteria through a transfer pillage that sees all their star players rapidly dispersed around the world.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez may well move on this summer, unfortunately, and it is just as likely that their midfield cruncher, N’Golo Kante, will follow them out of the King Power Stadium. The tenacious enforcer produced some stunning displays last season and, with the European Championship underway, his value could rise even further this summer.
It could be a challenging summer for Claudio Ranieri, with so many of his players eyeing up a move to newer pastures, and the replacing of Kante may well be far harder than signing a new Mahrez or Vardy.
It will be tricky, Claudio, we are sorry. To make it up to you, we’ve compiled a neat little list of FIVE players who could fill in for Kante…
Since his move from Stoke, Steven N’Zonzi has been a key player for Sevilla. The Frenchman has shown that he can cope with European competition, too.
Although he is a far more languid player than the hustling Kante, N’Zonzi would add a far greater passing range to the midfield that might allow Ranieri to adapt to a more possession orientated style.
Perhaps a little out of the reach of Leicester, Matuidi is a world star and one of the best midfielders around.
A current partner for Kante at international level, Leicester’s new status as one of the big European sides would be confirmed if they could attract a player as wonderfully gifted and combative as this star.
Capable of filling in at almost any role, Kouyate is surely one of the Premier League’s most versatile midfield players.
A far more domineering figure than Kante, Kouyate can be a threat in the final third as well as occasionally filling in at centre-back under Slaven Bilic for West Ham.
At only 22, Fabinho still has plenty of improving to do. However, that isn’t to say that he can’t cope with the best already as he has proven on numerous occasions.
Currently at AS Monaco, a move to the Premier League champions would surely be tempting rather than a continuous failure to win the PSG-dominated Ligue 1.
Although he was slightly underwhelming during his spell with Cardiff, Medel is a tenacious midfielder that can fill in defensively for any side and an aggressive tackler.
Not anywhere near the current level of Kante, Medel would need to be part of a rebuild in the Leicester midfield and, perhaps, be used as a right-back covering option.