Quality not Quantity for Leicester ahead of Premier League

03 May 2014 08:46

With firstly promotion and then their status as Championship winners achieved, Leicester can plan for the Premier League. There is no doubt the Foxes have been the best team in England's second tier. Second place Burnley have done really well to get second place and Play-off teams like Derby especially are good sides, but for sheer consistency and a good all round team Leicester get top marks.

When a newly promoted team is all set to be part of the Premiership, the first question is 'Can their Squad cope with the Top League?'. Manager Nigel Pearson will have to now decide how good his side really are and how loyal he can be to the group who delivered success. The likes of Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Midfielder Danny Drinkwater clearly have quality which would manage the step up. Wes Morgan and Anthony Knockeart are another two who have shown if in their best form can impress in the Premier League. Having a good base to your side and a core of quality is always a good start. There is no need for Leicester to go mad and buy ten or so half-decent players (ask Crystal Palace at the start of this season). Boss Nigel Pearson seems to share this view. He recently was quoted saying to the Express 'The additions have got to be right. The criteria for that is they either have experience playing in top-level football, in one of the best European leagues, or they have got to be an outstanding talent.'

So realistically the Foxes should aim for four to six proven players. Starting with a player who has scored goals in a Top European League, which won't be an easy task to recruit. Both Jamie Vardy and David Nugent have been impressive in the Championship and deserve a chance to play in the Premier League. However, Vardy has yet to play at all in the League and Nugent has yet to be a hit, after pretty unsuccessful spells - lastly with Burnley some years ago now. A top, top Striker is a must to be a Premiership hit - or for your current Forwards to score goals in the early weeks to gain confidence. It all goes back to the core idea - Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Striker to form a solid base. Leicester would seem to have it almost covered so that's a good start.

Source: DSG

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