The Guardian have claimed that Brendan Rodgers is to clear out the dead wood from his Leicester side in the January transfer window, allowing Filip Benkovic to leave the club on loan in January – and Celtic have got to bring him back.
Benkovic, 22, joined Leicester City for £13million (Leicestershire Mercury) in August 2018 from Dinamo Zagreb – and yet just two weeks later, Benkovic was on his way north of the border to move to Celtic on a season-long loan.
The Croatian colossus starred for Celtic during his 27 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side, helping both Rodgers and then Neil Lennon in pursuit of the Hoop’s eighth consecutive top-flight title.
Now, the report claims Leicester are willing to get rid of Benkovic on loan in January, after the Croat was kept at Leicester in the summer following the sale of Harry Maguire. But the form of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu has been excellent.
With Wes Morgan as immediate back-up, Benkovic is fourth-choice defender and has failed to make a single appearance for Leicester this season. Indeed, he has been forced to play twice in Premier League 2 to keep his fitness up.
Rodgers is willing to let Benkovic leave on loan, and Celtic have got to bring him back. The Hoops boast Christopher Jullien and Kris Ajer and Jozo Simunovic, while Jack Hendry remains surplus to requirements.
Yes, Ajer is improving the longer he is at Celtic and is probably the club’s best centre-back right now. Jullien is getting better since his move from Toulouse, but Simunovic is renowned for being error-strewn – and certainly injury prone.
Another centre-back should be on Lennon’s agenda, and bringing back Benkovic will add some steel to the Celtic defence.