This weeks see’s the first International break of the Premier League season, so with 4 games gone into the Leicester City campaign it is the perfect time to review what has happened so far.
If we thought that last season was strange with the season being paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic then this season has started as if in a parallel universe. Last Sundays games pretty much summed to up, firstly Tottenham beating Manchester United 6-1 then followed up with Aston Villa spanking Liverpool 7-2.
So, how have Leicester started out? Well, it’s safe to say that after the first 4 games most Leicester City fans would have jumped at taking 3 wins and 1 loss. Maybe most wouldn’t have guessed we’d beat Manchester City then lose to West Ham but 3 wins out of 4 is a great start and see’s the team sitting in a 3rd place and joint top scorers so far in the league.
There has been some negatives with injuries. Wilfred Ndidi picked up an injury during the Burnley victory and could be out up to 12 weeks, which is a big loss, although Papy Mendy hasn’t let himself down in the holding midfield role, as Ndidi had to cover at centre back in the first 2 matches. James Maddison has also struggled with injuries but should be back ready after the break.
In the terms of transfers after a bit of a slow start in the transfer market the activity got going, with Ben Chilwell starting it all with a move to Chelsea. Timothy Castagne then arrived from Atalanta for an undisclosed fee and has hit the ground running. He has had a great start at right back, scoring on his debut, winning man of the match in his first 2 games and really impressing the Leicester fans. They will be a huge hope that once Ricardo returns from injury Castagne can move to left back and continue his great form. Leicester also finally managed to sign centre back Wesley Fofana from Saint-Etienne, and exciting attacking midfielder Cengiz Under on loan from Roma, with the option of a permanent transfer.
After an unhappy time at Leicester City Adrien Silva has no left the club securing a move to Sampdoria whilst Josh Knight has joined Wycombe on loan and Rachid Ghezzal has joined Besiktas on loan also. Another player who many people had completely forgot about was Fousseni Diabate, and he will probably be forgotten forever now by most Leicester fans after he joined Trabzonspor in Turkey on a permanent deal.
So what have we learned from those first 4 league matches? First thing we do know is Rodgers hasn’t been able to put his first choice side out yet due to injuries and suspensions, but overall the team have played well, despite being under par against West Ham in the latest match.
The team have also seemed to start the matches slowly, and only started to perform and dominate after 20 minutes. This could be planned though as they work out the opposition and slowly crack up the pressure, the results on the whole suggest it has worked. Rodgers has also started with Jamie Vardy playing on his own as striker, and has started with 3 centre backs, but has never been afraid to change that if it isn’t working out. So far we have been treated to some great performances which will be encouraging to Leicester City fans who will be looking forward to more players coming back from injury and hoping the good form can continue.
We also should talk about the Europa League draw which has placed Leicester in a group with AEK Athens, Braga and Zorya Luhansk, from Ukraine. The first games take part in October so will be an exciting time again for Leicester fans. Also if you are betting on these matches, or any football, there are plenty of free bets available from the online bookies but we recommend you visit Free Bets UK for some of the best betting offers.
For now though we now have to enjoy the International break and then look forward to the Premier League restarting with a 3pm Saturday clash against Aston Villa on the 17th October. There will certainly be plenty more twists and turns in the season ahead so strap yourselves and enjoy the ride.