Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa has made his desire to leave the Premier League champions known by handing in a transfer request, according to Sky Sports.
What’s the word?
The 30-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Foxes’ first team this season having started just one Premier League game.
The Argentine has come off the bench 11 times in the top flight under manager Claudio Ranieri during the defence of their title, and he has scored just the one goal.
Sky Sports claim that Ulloa has formerly asked to leave the King Power Stadium after learning that Spanish club Alaves are interested in signing him, but the suitors are yet to reach Leicester’s valuation
The broadcaster adds that Ranieri wants the forward to stay put, and there were even suggestions that a new contract would be tabled. However, it appears that the player has made up his mind.
Is Ulloa making the right call to leave?
From a career point of view? Yes. The forward still has a good number of years left in his career, but he is not getting any younger, so any opportunities of regular game time now will help in the long run.
Ulloa, who joined Leicester from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2014, has 18 months remaining on his deal, so would it be worth waiting until the end of the season?
Well, the Foxes could be dragged into a relegation battle as they currently sit just five points above the bottom three after winning five of their 21 matches in the division.
With that in mind, the club could do with as much firepower as they can get, and a few goals from Ulloa off the bench could be the difference between staying up or falling back into the Championship.
However, no club wants to keep a player that is not fully committed to the cause.