Leicester are only 12th in the Premier League and after finishing third in their Europa League group, they are going through a complicated season. The Foxes will fight to finish the first part of the table, but there is little hope of obtaining European qualification next season. The Midlands side, who have also been knocked out by the two National Cups, can only count on the European League Conference to save the season. Even if Brendan Rodgers’ words cast doubt on the English club’s investment in this competition. “I have to be honest. I don’t even know what the next competition is. I was focused on the Europa League and winning this group. Or at least finishing second, so with all due respect to this competition, I don’t even know what that is. I’m sure I I’ll find out soon enough.” The Northern Ireland coach mentioned three months ago. After defeating the Danish club Randers (4-1 and 3-1) in the playoffs, he will face Leicester Rennes. The opportunity to save a season can be very complicated.
Festival of surgeons and absences
The starting point is undoubtedly a harmless friendly match that won 3-2 against Villarreal on August 4th. During this meeting, striker Ver Nino will make a big mistake on Wesley Fofana. After sustaining a fibula fracture, the French defender has not been able to play this season, and if his return appears imminent, he has tested positive for Covid-19 as his coach explained on Wednesday at a press conference. Losing an important frame quickly unleashed the bad luck of the English club who often had to navigate a test defence. This season, veteran Jonny Evans has also had his share of mistakes with only 15 appearances, as has Dane Jannik Vestergaard who had to make up for the injury of Wesley Fofana (19 games).
Since then, the two most used defenders have been the limited Daniel Amarty and Turkey’s Çağlar Soyenko who delivered a chaotic start to the season. In the piston/side position, Ricardo Pereira has also had his share of injuries this season (only 16 appearances) and only James Justin returns from a long injury. Since the start of 2022, Belgian Timothy Castagne has also been on the wing. Young Luke Thomas is one of the few guarantees while Ryan Bertrand has quickly shown his flaws. If we add the long injury of Nambalese Mendy at the beginning of the season and the last of which was Jimmy Vardy, as well as the departure of this Nambalese Mendy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi in the African Nations Cup, we note that Leicester have not achieved much success since the beginning of the season.
Rising star Patson Dhaka, the star of the Foxes transfer window, struggles to assert over time. If his overall stats remain correct (10 goals and 4 performances in 25 games), the Zambian striker, who cost 30 million euros, is struggling to hold on despite two reference games this season against Manchester United (4-2) and Spartak Moscow (4). 3). Ademola Lookman and Boubakary Soumaré offer more guarantees of continuity, but they haven’t wavered in the past few weeks. This Leicester team was also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in early January, and had to look for resources. If we think of the very good Yuri Tillmans who is undoubtedly the tree that hides the forest, James Madison has been running at a good pace this season (12 goals and 7 performances in 36 games) just as young Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (23) finally made his mark In the Brendan Rodgers group.
The latter has not been spared criticism this season, and Frank Lampard, who has taken the reins at Everton since then, has been mentioned as a possible replacement. The work done by Brendan Rodgers is not in question as he is still fifth in the Premier League, but the average results gained this season have hinted at a certain respite. Slightly better in the past few weeks, four wins and one defeat in the last five games, Leicester seem to be slowly finding good vibes as the infirmary is slowly emptying. Ambitious, Brendan Rodgers remains confident in the end of the season: “We want to finish as high as we can in the Premier League and go as far as possible in this competition. The weekend match[the 1-0 win over Leeds]was a great example of team cohesion, and we didn’t play our best football. We are starting to see that tenacity in The team and this solidarity. It’s been a tough season for everyone. We play for them (the fans.) If you’re doing well in competition, you’ll have to beat the good teams. If the beast gets injured, Rin will have to be careful of those foxes who haven’t had much luck this season.