Leicester City 2017/18

Is there a group of players who have so quickly gone from heroes to villains as last year’s Leicester City squad?

The Foxes made headlines all over the world for their amazing Premier League title win in 2016 but the same payers who were so lauded then were castigated last season for the way that they lobbied the board to get Claudio Ranieri sacked.

The charismatic Italian is a hugely popular figure in British football but it was clear that the relationship between himself and the Leicester squad had broken down beyond all repair by the time he left the club in February.

It’s very different for his replacement, Craig Shakespeare.

Shakespeare first joined the Leicester coaching staff in 2008 and over that time he has shown an incredible ability to build relationships with the club’s players. The big characters in the dressing room like Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson and Jamie Vardy are all behind their manager and believe in the style of football that he employs.

There is nothing particularly fancy about what Leicester do. They are very well organised at the back, combative in midfield and they have pace and power in attacking positions.

With some quality signings over the summer and a team that seem to be pulling in the same direction, Leicester start the season looking for a top half finish at the least.

Squad List

  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Ben Hamer
  • Eldin Jakupovic
  • Ben Chilwell
  • Wes Morgan
  • Robert Huth
  • Harry Maguire
  • Danny Simpson
  • Molla Wague
  • Christian Fuchs
  • Yohan Benalouane
  • Elliott Moore
  • Darnell Johnson
  • Callum Elder
  • Danny Drinkwater
  • Andy King
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Daniel Amartey
  • Vicente Iborra
  • Nempalys Mendy
  • Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi
  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Matthew James
  • Layton Ndukwu
  • George Thomas
  • Harvey Barnes
  • Sam Hughes
  • Demarai Gray
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Jamie Vardy
  • Islam Slimani
  • Shinji Okazaki
  • Leonardo Ulloa
  • Tom Lawrence

Season Predictions

Pep Guardiola has made some huge signings at Manchester City but it is one he has let go, Kelechi Iheanacho, that has really caught the eye.

The 20-year-old Nigerian always did a good job for Man City when he was called upon and the club haven’t completely written him off as there is a buy back clause in his contract. However, he is every inch a player capable of playing for a team at the top of the Premier League and is, therefore, going to be a great signing for Leicester.

The Spanish midfielder, Vicente Iborra, looks like another coup for Leicester as does Harry Maguire in the centre of defence.

Those quality additions to a squad who are already very adept at getting results both home and away should ensure another strong showing from Leicester.

Best Bets for the Season

Leicester to finish in the top 10 at evens with Paddy Power

Leicester to finish above Southampton at 6/5 with Ladbrokes

Kelechi Iheanacho to be Leicester’s top goalscorer at 3/1 with Sky Bet