SIX Midfield Targets Leicester City Could Try To Sign This Summer

SIX Midfield Targets Leicester City Could Try To Sign This Summer
Jun 27, 2017

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In previous looks at Leicester’s possible targets, potential signings who could shore up Leicester’s defensive problems were assessed, with that being the area most in need of fresh faces. This has already been partially addressed with Hull’s Harry Maguire joining to add serious competition to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth’s starting position.

So, moving further up the pitch, for Leicester to further their ambitions and once again compete for the European places, where should they be looking to strengthen their midfield?

Gylfi Sigurðsson – Swansea

With rumours of Leicester’s interest in the Icelandic international doing the rounds for some time now, Gylfi Sigurðsson is the best option to start on. The 27-year-old would be one of the most natural choices for Leicester to target. He has demonstrated at Swansea that he is very much comfortable playing on the counter-attack, with the necessary work rate in defence to ensure he would not be a passenger. However, going forward is where Sigurðsson is most effective.

Swansea’s number 23 possesses an exquisite range of passing along the vision to go with it. He has weighed in with 27 goals in his last three season, which isn’t bad considering he’s in a side battling relegation. At 27-years-old, his best years are ahead of him, but the touted £40 million price tag and competition for his signature could prove a stumbling block for Leicester, with Everton as short as 4/6 to land the Swansea star, Leicester priced at 4/1 and Tottenham at 9/1.

Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Mönchengladbach

The younger brother of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Leicester before, with rumours circulating in January that The Foxes were preparing a bid for the Belgian, and these have resurfaced once more with reports in France linking the 24-year-old with Leicester once more. Hazard is a right-footed attacking midfielder and despite not hitting the heights achieved by his brother, he had a successful season in the Bundesliga, where he scored 6 goals and added four assists as Gladbach finished in 9th place.

The Belgian is a versatile player, able to contribute from left-midfield, all three attacking midfield positions and even as a striker. His style of play makes him a serious counter-attacking threat; He possesses a diligent work rate, bags of pace and a standout dribbling ability, which would lend itself greatly to Leicester’s current system. Hazard is contracted until June 2019, meaning Gladbach could be tempted by a suitable bid, but again, Leicester aren’t alone in their interest, with both West Ham and Stoke also linked.

Benjamin André – Stade Rennais

If Leicester are to keep the flat 4 across the middle, then central-midfield is a tough ask to successfully recruit for. The incumbents in the position need to be able to contribute well to both the defensive and attacking stages of the game and André fits the bill. The 26-year-old is exceptionally versatile, racking up some impressive numbers over the course of last season, making the fourth most tackles (121) in Ligue 1 whilst also completing the third highest number of passes with 2,477.  Likely affordable due to the pulling power of the Premier League, Benjamin André represents an exciting option.

Sam Clucas – Hull City

Sam Clucas would be returning to familiar surroundings if Leicester were to make a move for the 26-year-old, having been released from the club’s youth setup as a trainee for being too small. Now standing 6ft 2in tall, he established himself as a key member of Hull’s side and was awarded player of the year last term. Another all-rounder, Clucas recorded 3 goals, 1 assist and a pass success of 83% to demonstrate his steady, possession orientated style, and in defence he racked up on average 2.4 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game.

He also possesses a great pub quiz statistic, having scored in the Conference, League Two, League One, the Championship and the Premier League in consecutive seasons. Whether Clucas represents a huge improvement on Leicester’s current squad remains to be seen, which much dependant on Mendy’s return from injury and James’ reintroduction to the team.

Tom Cairney – Fulham

 A move for an attacking midfielder is most definitely on the cards for Leicester, and if their move for Sigurðsson falls through, Tom Cairney could be worth considering. His passing ability could add a different element to Leicester’s game as the Fulham captain registered the best pass accuracy by a distance in the Championship last season (92.6%), whilst also contributing 12 goals and 10 assists. Predicting how players will fare when making the step up from the Championship to the Premiership is not easy, many needing a season to bed in, whilst many more never adjust to the demands of the top division and Cairney’s price tag could also prove off-putting – the London club allegedly rejecting a £20m offer from Newcastle last month.

Diego Llorente – Real Madrid

A bit of a wildcard option, however, a loan move for the Real Madrid prospect could be a great signing for Leicester. The defensive midfielder was the mainstay of a massively overachieving Deportivo Alavés side and ended the season with the best ball recovery statistics in the league. However, with some top quality players ahead of him, a loan move away looks likely and Leicester could certainly state their case to bring the 22-year old to the King Power Stadium once he returns from the U21 Championships.

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