Leicester City announced they made record losses over the 2021/22 season. The club lost £92.5 million and may have to sell some players in the summer. The foxes have also not had the most outstanding season on the pitch and competition revenue is likely to fall from last season. Leicester could be set for a hectic summer as they are set to begin a transitional period in terms of the playing staff and perhaps even the coaching team.
Poor form for the foxes this season
Leicester has been extremely disappointing this season in comparison to a fairly strong campaign last year. Last season Brendan Rodgers’ side came close to European qualification, yet this season they could face relegation scares. In outright markets for live soccer betting on the Premier League, for example, Leicester is offered at +450 to be relegated this season. The foxes are not quite favorites to lose their top-flight status but they have not ensured their safety yet.
Uncertainty surrounds the entire club this season; key players could leave and Rodgers’ managerial position is certainly at risk. Leicester will likely have to sell vital players for financial reasons and their league finish could be the difference between who stays and goes in the summer.
The Nigerian stars
Kelechi Iheanacho has been one of the few bright sparks of Leicester’s substandard season. He has offered goals and assists on occasion and would certainly demand a significant fee in the transfer market. He initially struggled after leaving Manchester City for Leicester but in recent years he has shown huge improvements. The Nigerian offers frightening pace in behind but more importantly, is an excellent all-round forward. Iheanacho is capable of operating as an outlet and bringing others into play, which is ideal for sides that struggle for possession. He would be a strong acquisition for many Premier League clubs including the likes of West Ham and Brighton & Hove Albion who are in need of a starting center forward.
Wilfred Ndidi could potentially be sold by Leicester but he would surely be a last resort to solving their financial troubles. Ndidi is perhaps the only player that is arguably world-class at the peak of his powers. He is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and would fit into many of the leading teams including Chelsea.
James Maddison is one of Leicester’s standout players who could potentially push for a move in the summer. Interest has already been shown by Newcastle United and Leicester’s form may force him to opt for a new project elsewhere. Newcastle has focused on signing many English players since the club’s takeover. It would not be a surprise if a lucrative fee is exchanged to allow Maddison to join the growing list of English talent at St James’ Park.
It is crucial that Leicester rebuild their squad adequately this summer with key departures expected to take place. The club has shown its expert recruitment on many occasions and this year they need it to be successful more than ever. Whether Rodgers or another manager is in place the team needs huge improvements. This summer could have huge implications for the future fortunes of the Midlands club.