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David Wagner wouldn’t be a good appointment for Leicester City

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David Wagner wouldn’t be a good appointment for Leicester City

Leicester look likely to replace their current manager before the 2018/19 season.

The upcoming summer will be interesting to follow in England, as the Premier League has chosen to close the transfer window before the season starts.

With that in mind, it is important for clubs to get their business done early and there will be no room for hesitancy in the market.

Leicester City have had a trouble-free campaign, but they have lost four of their last five games and failed to score in their last three.

Claude Puel made an impact after taking over, but he may not be given the chance to lead the club into the 2018/19 season.

Last season, the Frenchman led Southampton to a top-half finish, but he was relieved of his duties due to a concern over the playing style.

A similar fate could be waiting for him once the season ends next weekend.

A couple of weeks ago, the Guardian reported that Puel was fighting to keep his job and the performances since wouldn’t have done him any favours.

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It doesn’t bode well for Puel that potential replacements are being touted in the media. The Daily Mail reported over the weekend that Leicester want David Wagner as their next manager.

The Huddersfield Town manager has done well in English football since taking over at the John Smith’s Stadium. He managed to get them promoted against the odds and is now in a good position to stay up in the top-flight.

Considering his increasing profile in the game, Wagner would be regarded as an exciting appointment by Leicester supporters. If he had been able to get Huddersfield to punch above their weight as a club, he could be the right man to take the Foxes forward and challenge for European football.

However, these reports need to be treated with caution as there are reasons why an appointment would be a bad move by Leicester.

One of the reasons why Puel has been unpopular with both Southampton and Foxes’ fans has been his style of football. It can be laboured at times and the creativity is lacking in the final third. Although his teams are mostly solid, they aren’t going to get you off your feet very often.

His Huddersfield team have scored only 27 Premier League goals, which is the joint-fewest of any club in the division.

Their goal difference is the second-worst after Stoke City. The size of the club has meant that a relegation fight was inevitable, but Wagner has hardly set the league alight with his coaching.

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There has been a lot written about Wagner’s connection with Jurgen Klopp, but his style of play differs from that of his good friend.

The Terriers have averaged 9.4 shots per game, which is the third worst of any team in the division. He likes his teams to play a passing brand of football, but their pass success rate of 74.3% ranks in the bottom six. At times, the Terriers would have benefitted from a more functional style.

This season has been a year of learning for Wagner. If he manages to keep Huddersfield in the top-flight, it will be considered a great campaign for him.

However, it has been clear that he isn’t the finished article yet and there is nothing to suggest that he would be an upgrade on Puel.

Leicester may decide to make a managerial change, but if they do, the current Terriers’ boss isn’t the right appointment for them.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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