Leicester City Season Preview

leicesterThe Football Lab spoke to Leicester City fan @Jack_Munton ahead of the new season. Here, he discusses the strike partnership of Nugent and Vardy, the departure and Lloyd Dyer, and why Danny Drinkwater may command a huge transfer fee if he performs in the Premier League.

Despite hardly signing anyone last summer, you won the Championship title with ease. It seems as though that bit of stability was just what the players needed…

Stability was exactly what was needed. We added a couple of extremely experienced players in forms of Phillips, Wasilewski and Taylor-Fletcher who completed our already talented squad. Together they created a team instead of a team of individuals which we’ve previously seen.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made the Championship team of the year. Did he deserve this?

That’s a difficult question; on his day Kasper is the best keeper in the division by a country mile but his inconsistencies sometimes let us down. He has certainly won us more games than he’s cost us and I don’t think there was a better keeper in the division.

With Paul Konchesky struggling fitness-wise, and Jeffrey Schlupp a striker by trade, will it be important to sign a left-back?

Personally I’ve said this for a while, Konchesky doesn’t lack fitness but I think he’s aging and will struggle in the premier league. Schlupp was a solid LB whenever he was backed up by Lloyd Dyer as their pace complimented each other. Schlupp would benefit from a loan move where he can develop in one position and I’d like to see Aaron Cresswell join us.

Midfielder Danny Drinkwater caught the eye last season. How highly do you rate him?

Drinkwater is definitely our maestro in midfield. From what Liverpool have paid for Lallana I’d love to see what Drinkwater would fetch if he had two solid seasons in the Premier League.

Lloyd Dyer got 7 goals and 7 assists last season. Are you sad to see him leave for Watford?

The short answer is yes. Lloyd has been a great servant for our club and has guided us from League 1 to the Premier League. He was offered a one year contract and many Leicester fans cannot comprehend why he wouldn’t want to give the big time a chance on what is his last chance.

Mark Albrighton signs from Aston Villa. Was it important to bring in a right-footed winger?

With Lloyd leaving is was important to bring a winger in full stop. By having a right footed winger we will have an extra option when trying to out wit the bigger and better teams.

David Nugent was the most creative striker in the Championship last season, contributing 12 assists. Are him and Jamie Vardy ready to take on the Premier League?

They both other something different with both happy to run their legs off. The commitment shown by both will hopefully push us over the line. I reckon there will be a few defenders concerned with the idea of facing a player of Vardy’s pace and Nugent will always be clipping at a defenders heels.

You play Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United very early on. Could this be a good thing, in terms of motivating the squad to prepare for the season?

I couldn’t be happier with the fixture list in truth. By getting the big games out of the way we should be able to put a run together after these games enabling us to stay up safely.

Bizarrely, none of the Leicester players made it into Who Scored’s statistical Championship team of the season. Unfair though this may seem, it does show that the side is not reliant on any one individual…

You’re right, we have a standout team instead of standout players which all in all guided us to the title. Nine times out of ten a team of individuals will get beat by a team who knows the meaning of a team.

With most bookmakers, Leicester are at around 9/4 for relegation. Where will you finish?

Around 11th. This transfer window we’re buying responsibly allowing us to add more quality to our already outstanding team.

TFL Verdict

For all their attacking talent, Leicester have a lack of physicality and defensive discipline in midfield. This will be exposed in the Premier League. 19th