Ever since the King Power group, the owners of Leicester City, acquired a majority stake in Belgian outfit OH Leuven, a number of players have been transferred between the two clubs.
All of those switches have been the Premier League outfit sending youngsters out on loan – Kamal Sowah, Daniel Iversen, Filip Benkovic to name just a few – with no Leuven player yet to earn a transfer to the King Power Stadium.
However, French striker Thomas Henry has expressed his intentions to become the first player to tread that rarely-ventured path, saying it would be “easier” to move to England because of the relationship between Leicester and Leuven.
He is a player that Brendan Rodgers and the Foxes should avoid, though.
Despite his fantastic form for Leuven since his arrival at the club from AFC Tubize, having netted 41 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions including 20 during the current campaign, it is really the first time in Thomas’ career when he has found such lethality in front of goal.
It is also the first time in which he has managed to score goals in a top-flight European league, a prior venture in Ligue 1 with Nantes ending with just two appearances and no goals.
Whilst playing in the lower leagues is not too much of a problem, current Foxes star Jamie Vardy ironically being a prime example of that, the lack of any real finishing pedigree from Henry is concerning.
It is not as though the Frenchman is a fledgling player just harnessing his skills, either. He is 26 and so is highly unlikely to improve much more upon his current ability.
Valued at £3.15m by Transfermarkt, his arrival would not be particularly costly, but Leicester should avoid taking the apparent ‘easier’ option.