Leicester’s transfer policy in recent years has been hard to work out.
On the other hand, they’ve added players like Harry Maguire and James Maddison to their ranks.
In amongst the poor dealings, there have been some masterstrokes.
Yet this summer looks like it could be going the way of the former. The Foxes are at least trying to build an identity by believing in young players, but their reported recruitment so far is heading in the wrong direction.
Last week Leicester were subject of a report claiming they were interested in Reece James. The Chelsea man had a superb season on loan at Wigan, featuring as a right back and central midfielder.
Meanwhile over the weekend, journalist Alan Nixon suggested that the Midlands club were keen on Luton defender James Justin.
Given Leicester’s two full-backs are some of the first names on the teamsheet it seems questionable. Ricardo Pereira had an outstanding first season in English football whilst Ben Chilwell is easily one of the best left backs in the division.
As a result, it looks like Leicester’s policy this summer is off the mark. The focus shouldn’t be on strengthening the defence – there are other areas of the team that badly need improving.
Defensively Leicester are a sound outfit but going forward there is room for improvement. That’s despite the quality Maddison gave them in 2018/19.
The void Youri Tielemans will leave behind is significant and that’s where the focus needs to be.
Signing Justin or James would fit the club’s philosophy but do they need them? Arguably not.
Unless they played the latter in midfield, it would feel like a wasted signing. They’d represent shrewd deals but it’s hardly an area that needs immediate work, especially considering the short amount of time clubs now have to buy players.
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In some senses it’s sending out the wrong message about the future of their full-backs. Both players are clearly good enough for top six sides but whether they’d be interested in leaving remains to be seen.
For now, the Foxes need to be searching for players in other positions. The wide area desperately needs improving whilst a back-up for Jamie Vardy also needs to be found.
If they don’t improve in those areas, they can wave goodbye to any chance of reclaiming a place in Europe.