Leicester must scrap possible Tarkowski move with Maguire replacement already at club

According to The Sun, Leicester are showing an interest in James Tarkowski as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire should he leave the club. However, the Foxes need to forget about searching for an external successor.

What’s the word?

With Maguire again attracting the interest of one of the Premier League’s top clubs, Leicester are eyeing up Tarkowski as the man to replace him according to The Sun.

The publication suggests that City may have to pay up to £75m for the England defender but the Foxes are not keen on selling one of their star men.

Tarkowski has been selected in England squads alongside Maguire and as such, Brendan Rodgers looks to have identified him as a like-for-like replacement.

The Burnley central defender was excellent last season as the Clarets finished in the top half but has struggled for the same sort of consistency this term.

At 26, the player is entering his prime years and would still be an astute acquisition. Throughout the 2018/19 campaign, he’s played 33 times in the Premier League and has won 4.8 aerial duels per game.

External replacement not needed

Tarkowski represents a near ideal replacement for Maguire. Both players are the same age and possess similar ball-playing abilities. However, the latter is proven at a higher level.

It looks as though it’ll take a considerable sum to prise the Leicester man away from the King Power but any money they did receive from a potential deal should be invested in other areas of the squad.

With Filip Benkovic waiting in the wings after impressing on loan at Celtic, the Midlands club already have a Maguire successor in their own hands.

The 21-year-old has a huge amount of potential and his physical attributes, coupled with his composure on the ball makes him an ideal Premier League defender.

He’s already adjusted to the British game and the fact he developed so well under Rodgers when he was still managing Celtic is something that should excite Leicester fans.