After what could be argued an unsettled season last season with Claude Puel struggling to get his team firing on all cylinders and seemingly failing to get his ideas across. As we all know this resulted in Puel getting the sack to be replaced by former Liverpool and Celtic, among others, manager Brendan Rodgers.
Many, if not most Leicester City fans would say it was an exciting appointment and he certainly hit the ground running with some great results at the tail end of the season. It all points to a very exciting season ahead, with Rodgers looking to put his stamp on the squad and some solid foundations already in place. So what is in store next season for Leicester City? Well read on, and we’ll try and lay out what we think might happen and put a slight betting slant on it as well.
Well, unfortunately, we think you can rule out Leicester winning the league again next season. It does sound a tad negative but we are realists and the way Manchester City and Liverpool played last season was remarkable. It would take an amazing team to keep up with those 2 if they play like last season and we just aren’t at that level, at the moment! One bookmaker, BlackType, currently have Leicester priced at 500/1 which has them placed as 10th favourite to win the league, behind Everton, Wolves and Newcastle which we think is a little harsh.
Now, obviously a lot does depend on the what happens in the transfer window and whether Leicester City can hold on to the top talent. The great news to start is Harvey Barnes has just signed a new 5 year contract and according to reports Ricardo Pereira has said he wants to stay and is looking forward to next season. Obviously the one player all eyes are on is our England defender Harry Maguire. Currently he is being hotly linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United but if Leicester can keep hold of him for next season then that would be a major boost. The same goes for left-back Ben Chilwell who also has been linked with a move to Manchester City. If Leicester can keep hold of both these players then not only is it a huge boost in keeping 2 top players it will give the whole team and club a moral boost. Another huge target and who would be a huge asset is Youri Tielemans who was fantastic last season on loan, and it does look like the club are doing their best to get him on a full time deal.
It is quite possible the club does manage to keep Maguire and Chilwell and sign Tielemans and if they do they are some solid foundations put down. So apart from not winning the Premier League what can fans look forward to? From being slightly negative by ruling out winning the Premier League we’re super positive that relegation won’t be a problem, in fact the online bookmakers tend to agree. There are roughly 11-12 teams in the running ahead of Leicester in the betting with BlackType again giving huge odds of 80/1 for Leicester to be relegated.
We are looking at mid-table at least as a finishing position next season and if the club can keep moving forward from last season certainly don’t rule out finishing in 7th. In fact that is our prediction for the 2019/20 season but what about silverware?
Last season Puel came in for a lot of negative comments when he played a weakened team against Newport County in the FA Cup, who in turn knocked Leicester out the cup. Although the FA Cup is not the tournament it once was the competition is still very competitive most of the time. With a squad maybe not as deep as some clubs winning that maybe a bit too much but a decent run to the quarter finals could not be ruled out.
The League Cup though, could bring us a trophy. The whole tournament and how most top teams tend to play reserve teams could really benefit Leicester if they get some decent draws and momentum. The bookies don’t look at it like that though so you can get some tasty odds of 25/1 for Leicester to win the League Cup.
Whatever does happen though we are sure they’ll be some highs, some lows and plenty of entertainment and excitement to keep Leicester fans on the edge of their seats. Lets just hope there are more highs than lows!