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Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Leicester City could look bring in another centre-back during the January transfer window, as reported by The Leicester Mercury.
With the winter window beginning to approach, questions are naturally popping up about transfer stories for Premier League teams.
This is no different for Rodgers, whose Foxes currently sit second in the Premier League table, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
When asked about his hopes for January, Rodgers was quoted in The Leicester Mercury as replying: “I’ve always tried to be positive in the January window. It’s normally worked fairly well for us when the availability has been there.
“[At centre-back] it’s one where we’re planning forward, if you look at Wes Morgan and where he’s at in his career.
“Cags has done great, that’s why we didn’t go into the market and that’s why we gave him that opportunity because we felt that we had someone there that could develop and he’s been absolutely brilliant. He will get better the more experience he gains.
“Going forward, if we’re looking at our goals and where we want to be, that position is very important for us.”
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The suggestion of signing another centre-back comes despite Leicester having conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League this season.
This offers an indication of how well the current centre-back pairing of Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans has worked so far, while another is that both players are being considered by Manchester City, as reported by Sky Sports.
That Rodgers is looking to add recruits in such a strong area not only shows that he wants someone who can challenge Morgan to be next in line, but that he is planning ahead, whether that be related to an injury or transfer.
Soyuncu himself has shown how useful it can be to have someone to slot in when a defender leaves, as he has seamlessly filled the void left by Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United, playing every Premier League game for the Foxes this season.
The approach Rodgers is taking is a smart one, that could ensure Leicester will be set for next season even if one of their current centre-backs leave for the reigning champions.