The Chalkboard: Leicester signing Llorente could help get even more out of Vardy

Since Leicester’s title winning season in 2015/16 they haven’t come close to finding a partnership that Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki developed.

The big money signings of Islam Slimani for £29m and then Kelechi Iheanacho for £25m could have seen this replicated, but neither of them have been good enough in the royal blue of Leicester.

The Foxes have an issue in that area. You sense that if Vardy gets injured they’re in serious bother. However, by signing Fernando Llorente, a player who the club are interested in per The Sun, it could be game-changing for a host of different reasons.

On the chalkboard

Vardy is perfectly capable of leading the line on his own – the fact he scored eight in ten games after Brendan Rodgers took over the King Power hot seat is evidence of that.

However, if Llorente was to arrive once his contract with Tottenham runs out, it could take Leicester’s prolific forward to a new level.

At times, the 32-year-old can appear isolated, but by signing the robust target man that would be eradicated. Having someone who can win flick-ons and play closer to the former England international would only be a good thing.

It could enable Vardy to get in behind on a more regular basis, and we all know how good he is once he gets into the channels. Rather than having to come short, he can rely on Llorente to do that for him.

Bringing in the Spaniard could see the Midlands club switch formation. As a consequence of moving another striker close to Vardy, you can eradicate the inconsistent problems out wide.

Those in wide areas don’t create many chances for Vardy and primarily it’s those who play centrally who are so good at picking the striker out. Making things narrower will help him to thrive further, so a diamond midfield could be used if Rodgers opted for two in attack.

Check out the video below to see how Brazil fans reacted to being asked how Cristiano Ronaldo would perform for them in a hilarious prank by Pl>ymaker FC…

On paper, making a move for Llorente doesn’t look like an attractive proposition. Despite this, it’s a signing they must complete if one of their best players is to continue performing.

At the age of 32, he isn’t getting younger and may only have a few years left at the highest level. They may as well make the most of it.