Filip Benkovic spent last season out on loan with Celtic, where he was managed by Brendan Rodgers, and will be looking to force his way into Leicester’s first team under the same boss in 2019/20.
Harry Maguire leaving the club would create a void at centre half and Rodgers knows all about what the man who joined the Foxes for a reported £13m (BBC) can do.
But if the UEFA Under-21 European Championship have provided an early opportunity for him to show what he’s about on an international stage, he’s making a mess so far.
Benkovic’s Croatia went down 4-1 to Romania on Tuesday, and Benkovic gave away the penalty that allowed Ianis Hagi to open the scoring after just 14 minutes.
And as per his coach Nenad Gracan, as relayed by the Leicester Mercury, he has picked up a recurrence of the injuries that dogged him through last season, and kept him out of Celtic action for a number of months.
He said: “There are problems with the injuries that tortured him throughout the season, it’s a problem with the foot. He complained immediately after the game, so his performance is very doubtful (against France).”
Benkovic’s injury problems may mean he doesn’t even get a chance to redeem himself, with Croatia facing elimination if they don’t beat the French.
And if Benkovic has plenty of qualities that he showed last season, this summer’s nightmare is showing up his inexperience and unreliability in terms of fitness – both of which should be sounding alarm bells in Rodgers’ head as he considers whether the player is ready for the Premier League.