A lot has been made of Leicester City since the end of last season- naturally of course.
The English Premier League winners have been speculated over, examined and criticised as they took part in the Champions Cup this pre-season with many tipping Claudio Ranieri’s side to do well again this season after some promising performances.
Ahmed Musa’s brace against Barcelona would have given Foxes fans real optimism going into next season but with second-season syndrome a very real condition that many sides face at both the bottom and top of the table, could it get worse for Ranieri’ side before it gets better?
The Italian signed a new deal this week as he hopes to lead his Foxes into the Premier League season this weekend but he will have a huge N’Golo Kante-sized hole to deal with in the middle of the park.
The kingpin of the side didn’t hesitate in joining Chelsea earlier this summer and he will be a massive miss for the Foxes going forward this season. He really was the heartbeat of the side that had everything yesterday but having someone who did the nitty-gritty so well was a huge part of their success as they stunned the world last season.
Leicester City just might have peaked last season and whilst we saw Kante say yes to Chelsea, something tells me Jamie Vardy may come to regret his decision to tell Arsenal that he’s not interested. If it doesn’t start too well for the Foxes and Vardy isn’t hitting similar form to what we saw last season, the balance could very quickly become upset at the King Power Stadium- especially in Jamie Vardy.
In what could become an extremely Moussa Sissoko-esque situation, Vardy could find himself disgruntled and unhappy and could throw his toys out of the pram if things aren’t going the Foxes way.
It just feels that as pre-season has come and gone, few and few people have backed the Foxes to kick on as they did last season. The bookmaking community have made Leicester much more likely to be relegated (14-1) than to retain their title (33-1 in few places), suggesting few people think Leicester can prove all the doubters wrong for the second time in succession.
Sometimes, things are meant to be. Leicester did superbly well last season to do what they did but this time round? Don’t count your chickens. It’s a tough, money-orientated league and the big-four will want revenge after the league was well and truly tinkered with last season.