2016/17 Season Preview: Leicester City

Leicester_City_crest.svgThis time last year who would have thought Leicester would come into the 2016/17 season as defending champions and they will look to stun the field again this season.

Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Home ground: King Power Stadium
Last season: 1st
Best EPL Finish: Champions (2016)

 

Star Player

Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals last season for the Foxes image: express.co.uk

Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals last season for the Foxes
image: express.co.uk

There is no party without Jamie Vardy. After the England striker looked set for a move to Arsenal over the summer, Vardy delighted Foxes fans when he signed a new four-year deal at Leicester and he looks to build on an incredible Premier League winning season.

No one could have predicted Leicester would win the Premier League this time last year and along with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy proved to be one of the players of the season with his 24 goals, the second highest last season, helping them to a first ever Premier League title.

It has been an amazing story for Vardy who went from Conference football to Premier League winner in the space of four years and Leicester fans will be hoping he continues his incredible goalscoring streak and that it wasn’t just a one season wonder from the 29-year-old.

Key Transfers

IN

Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover – £2.6m), Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon – Free), Nampalys Mendy (Nice – Undisclosed), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow – £16m), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia – £7.5m)

OUT

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea – £30m), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim – Undisclosed), Paul Konchesky (Gliingham – Free), Dean Hammond, Mark Schwarzer (released)

One to Watch

One of the most talked about English youngsters is left-back Ben Chilwell and after the 19-year-old rejected a move to Liverpool, he wants the chance to show what all the fuss is about by making his breakthrough into the Leicester first-team.

Ben Chiwell rejected Liverpool to sign a new five year deal at Leicester image: metro.co,uk

Ben Chiwell rejected Liverpool to sign a new five-year deal at Leicester
image: metro.co,uk

A former Academy player of the year, Chilwell only made eight appearances on loan at Huddersfield last season but with being touted as one of the breakout stars in the Leicester side, he will be hoping to oust Christian Fuchs in the starting XI and prove his worth.

At just 19-years-old, Chilwell could prove to be a Premier League and England star of many years to come but will need to but in some consistent and strong displays for Claudio Ranieri to put his faith in the youngster to be part of an already solid and experienced Leicester back-line.

Best XI

Schmeichel

Simpson    Morgan    Huth    Fuchs

Albrighton   Drinkwater   Mendy   Mahrez

Vardy   Musa

Prediction: 7th

Leicester were 5000/1 to win the title at the start of last season image: telegraph.co.uk

Leicester were 5000/1 to win the title at the start of last season
image: telegraph.co.uk

After pulling off an amazing Premier League title triumph last season, it is going to be a big ask for Leicester to repeat last season’s heroics and I will be surprised if they even finish in the top four this season.

I really like what Claudio Ranieri has done at Leicester and with a solid defence with Robert Huth and Wes Morgan a ruthless force in the centre, Leicester will be hoping for more incredible performances that led them to the title last season.

However, the departure of N’Golo Kante is a big loss and Mahrez could follow him out the door. Time will tell if Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy are more intelligent signings by the Italian. They won’t be anywhere near the title hunt, but they should be assured a top ten finish.

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