Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side will get their Premier League campaign underway against Wolves on Sunday. Both clubs will be aiming for Europa League qualification this season. This first test may provide an early indication as to how each side will fair in the race for this objective.
There’s currently plenty of optimism at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes made some shrewd signings in the summer. Youri Tielemans arrived on a permanent deal, and the likes of Ayoze Perez, James Justin and Dennis Praet also joined the club.
However, the fact that they failed to replace Harry Maguire – who joined Manchester United in a record £80 million deal – will be a cause for concern. The 26-year-old centre-back’s departure has significantly weakened the heart of the Foxes’ defence.
Club-captain Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic are the only remaining senior centre-backs at the King Power Stadium. At 35-years-old, Morgan is far past his best, and was something of a liability last season. The younger duo, of Soyunco and Benkovic, boast precious little Premier League experience between them and are largely untested at the top level. That leaves Evans as the only reliable, proven centre-back for Rodgers to call upon.
The failure to replace Maguire could massively impact Leicester’s season. Consequences of this transfer market blunder could be made evident as early as this Sunday. The likes of Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Patrick Cutrone will be eager to test this underwhelming-looking Foxes rearguard.