Leicester City have managed to pull off another miraculous comeback after sacking manager Claudio Ranieri to almost seal their safety in the Premier League after being threatened in the relegation zone in the early season.
The Foxes have managed to put in a wonderful good results under new manager Craig Shakespeare and have just lost one game in the past 6 league encounters. As a result, Leicester’s have climbed to 11th position in the standing and look set for another season in the top-flight, after the threat of relegation looks increasing.
While their Premier League status is all but sealed, the reigning league champions will need to bring in some new signings in the summer, if they are to continue in the Premier League. Several sections in the squad need to be rebuild with quality options, while there are some players in the team that need to be shipped out as well. To that end, Football Weeks bring you, two players the reigning champions should sell and two more who they should sign in the summer transfer window.
Players To Be Sold
Ben Hamer is another player who has hardly been used over the past two decades, with Kasper Schmeichel the Foxes undisputed No. 1 choice between the sticks. Ron-Robert Zieler’s move to King Power Stadium from Hannover 96 spark an end to his career, but still he stayed with the Foxes.
The season, he has featured just once for the reigning champions, which was in the group stages of the Champions League against Porto, where he conceded 5 goals. He has not been available due to a head injury for quite a while now and is unlikely to be in the plans for the manager in the upcoming season. The Foxes would do well to sell him at the end of the campaign and give a chance to someone younger, as a third-choice shot-stopper.
30-year-old Ulloa has hardly been used either by Foxes former manager Claudio Ranieri or by Craig Shakespeare. This has been a cause of serious frustration for the player who the media has been linked with an exit from the club.
At 30, he has registered only 19 appearances across all competition this season with just only one goal to show for. With Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani all first-choice over here at the King Power outfit, it does make sense for the club to get rid of the player, who is having a good time and not contributing in any way to the club’s progress.
Players To Be Signed
Leicester City can make use of the former Barcelona winger who has been impressive for the relegation threatened side Middlesbrough.
The 21-year-old winger hasn’t scored a goal and has just a single assist to his name this season from 24 league appearances, but the numbers don’t do justice to his talent. Adama Traore is extremely fast and an excellent dribbler of the ball, the Spaniard has the talent to go a long way if backed consistently by a team that doesn’t relent.
With one their own linked with a move away, bringing in someone like the former Barcelona man will boost their options out in the wide areas. With Boro on the verge of getting relegated, a move to the King Power Stadium could certainly be on the cards.
The Boro defender has been one of the most consistent players for his team this season despite being the relegations drop zone. Ben Gibson has been subject to various claims in the media pertaining to him leaving Middlesbrough.
Gibson hasn’t missed a single EPL game for his side this season and has also chipped in with a goal from his 31 appearances in the English top division. Averaging a brilliant record of 8 defensive actions per game, the 24-year-old defender has been solid at the back. However, what attracted his suitors is his ability to carry the ball out from the back and his effective distribution from the deep areas.
With age not by Roberth Huth and Wes Morgan side, bringing in new young blood into the backline could strengthen the Foxes defense making them ready for title challenge once again.