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Caglar Soyuncu proving the real deal as he aims to replace Harry Maguire at Leicester City

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Caglar Soyuncu proving the real deal as he aims to replace Harry Maguire at Leicester City

The 23-year-old has looked in fine form during the first month of the campaign.

Leicester City have started their 2019/20 season in style remaining unbeaten during their first four Premier League fixtures. The Foxes also beat Newcastle United in the League Cup to ensure an unbeaten start to the campaign.

Boss Brendan Rodgers was pro-active during the summer, adding four quality players to a squad which already boasts lots of talent.

The big loss was the £80 million departure of Harry Maguire who joined Manchester United in a world-record fee for a defender.

Rodgers was linked to several central defenders in the wake of Maguire’s departure but he opted not to spend the money and go with the players already at his disposal.

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After four games of the new campaign, it is easy to see why he chose not to spend heavily on a Maguire replacement.

It would seem that a player ready to grasp his chance was already waiting in the wings. Caglar Soyuncu has been the Foxes’ standout performer during the first month of the campaign.

The Turkish defender arrived at Leicester for £19 million in the summer of 2018 (BBC Sport). Such was Maguire’s importance to the Foxes team, however, he was restricted to just eight appearances in all competitions.

 

With the key player heading to pastures new, Soyuncu has taken his chance with aplomb.

Statistically speaking

The 23-year-old has played in every game so far this season and proved his potential to act as a like-for-like replacement for Maguire.

One trait that has caught the eye has been his ability to play out from the back. According to Who Scored, he has a pass success ratio of 85.4% this season which is remarkable for a centre-back.

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His actual defensive qualities are impressive too. He is averaging three tackles per game in the Premier League and five clearances (Who Scored).

Rodgers has a stunning record when it comes to getting the very best out of younger players and the man with 24 caps for his country could be the next one to benefit from his management.

Soyuncu already has people asking the question, Harry who?

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