If Roma land Riyad Mahrez can Leicester fill the creative void to challenge for Europe?

Full Leicester team guide ahead of the big 2017/18 Premier League kick off as we look at reasons to be positive and pessimistic

Matt Monaghan
by Matt Monaghan
9th August 2017

article:9th August 2017

MANAGER

Craig Shakespeare


STAR MAN

Jamie Vardy

LAST SEASON

12th

TOP SCORER

Vardy (13)

KEY INS

Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, £25m), Harry Maguire (Hull City, £17m), Vicente Iborra (Sevilla, £15m), Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City, £2.3m)

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

KEY OUTS

Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart, £3.5m)

REASONS TO BE POSITIVE

The miracle makers have real momentum behind them again after Shakespeare’s rescue act, while the addition of Iheanacho adds genuine excitement.

REASONS TO BE PESSIMISTIC

If Roma finally land Riyad Mahrez, can this creative deficit be filled? Their ageing title-winning defence also creeked badly last term.

ONE TO WATCH

Wilfred Ndidi lifted the entire club when he was brought in during January, adding both quality and bite in centre midfield. Has potential to transform into one of the division’s midfield masters.

Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi

EXPECTATION

A spine strengthened by the additions of Maguire, Iborra and Iheanacho lifts the club back into contention for Europe.

REALITY

The feel-good factor returns to King Power Stadium as Shakespeare’s men exorcise last term’s relegation demons and challenge Everton outside the top six.


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