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Leicester could be forced to change set-piece tactics if they sign Lewis Dunk

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

One of the longest transfer sagas this summer has been that of Harry Maguire’s potential departure to Manchester United.

Earlier this month, they bid £80m for the central defender before it was reported that the transfer was imminent.

Also in the headlines has been Lewis Dunk who has been touted as a possible replacement for the Foxes in a £45m deal.

If the two transfers go through, they’d be huge for all clubs involved, yet Leicester could be forced into making a big change to their play.

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One of Maguire’s and Leicester’s favoured routes to goal in the past has been from set-pieces.

The centre-back scored against Sweden at the World Cup from a set-play whilst he’s popped up with a further three strikes from these situations in the last two years for Leicester.

Per Understat, he’s scored five times from corners and free-kicks in the Premier League alone throughout his career.

As can be seen below, Maguire likes to drift towards the penalty spot from Leicester’s set-plays, scoring twice and also hitting the post in those sorts of areas.

However, if they land Dunk this summer, this form of attack and route to goal may have to be changed.

According to Understat, the 27-year-old Brighton man scored twice from set plays in 2018/19 but his impact came far closer to the goal.

In fact, his effectiveness in the same place as Maguire was hugely limited, missing all but one of his shots from positions between the six-yard area and the edge of the box.

As a result, if Dunk arrives and Maguire leaves, Brendan Rodgers could find himself instructing his set-piece takers into playing the ball into a different area.

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Both of the former’s goals last term came from closer than six-yards out, meaning it may be preferable for Leicester to have in-swinging corners towards the back and front posts.

Not only could Leicester’s defence be changed if they sign Dunk, but so could their attack.

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