Three players Leicester City should sign on deadline day
Leicester City have been very active in the transfer market this summer and could be one of the busiest Premier League clubs on deadline day. Craig Shakespeare has signed five players in total, including Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire.
With speculation surrounding a number of high-profile members of the Foxes squad, all eyes will be on the King Power Stadium today. Shakespeare, who succeeded Claudio Ranieri in the hot-seat, will be keen to ensure any departures are adequately replaced.
Here are three players we think Leicester should sign before the window shuts at 11pm:
With Danny Drinkwater having handed in a transfer request, according to BBC Sport, amid strong interest from Chelsea, Shakespeare may need to address central midfield. Drinkwater shone alongside N’Golo Kante during their title-winning season and is a very reliable performer. His departure would leave a huge void and a replacement would be required as a matter of urgency.
McCarthy has fallen out of favour under Ronald Koeman and has yet to make a league appearance this term. The Republic of Ireland international, who started all four of their matches at Euro 2016, is a tough-tackling ball-winner in the centre of the pitch and has a nasty streak that, when channeled appropriately, enhances his game. Koeman would likely be open to offers for the 26-year-old, who still has much to offer in the Premier League. Leicester might just be the perfect fit.
When he burst on to the scene two seasons ago, it looked as though Arsenal had unearthed another gem from their fabled academy system. Despite being a teenager, Arsene Wenger had so much faith in the attacking midfielder that he regularly selected him in his Premier League starting XI. Iwobi’s form has dipped somewhat in 2017, but there is no denying his ability and potential to become a top player, if managed correctly.
Leicester could do with more creativity in central midfield and Iwobi has the vision to unlock defences. With fellow Nigerians Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa currently at the club, perhaps the 21-year-old would be tempted by the prospect of joining them alongside regular game time.
Despite having already captured talented youngster Maguire from Hull City in the current window, Leicester are actively seeking another centre-back. According to BBC Sport, the Foxes have had two bids for Jonny Evans rejected by West Bromwich Albion – the second of which was understood to be £23 million. But with Arsenal and Manchester City also courting the Northern Ireland international, Leicester may have to abandon their pursuit and look elsewhere.
Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough could be a viable alternative. The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign personally last season, despite Boro’s relegation. His performances even earned him an England call-up and playing in the top-flight would keep him in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts. Leicester’s defence is ageing and along with Maguire, Gibson would be an investment in the future.