Recent signing Wesley Fofana has hit the ground running at Leicester City, but this is just one of many excellent signings former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and current owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha have made at the helm of the foxes.
After the harrowing death of Vichai, Leicester fans were left grieving the death of one of football’s greatest owners, whilst fearing for the future of their beloved club at the same time. There was some light amongst even the darkest of clouds however, with the son of the former owner stepping up to the plate in an attempt to continue on his fathers legacy.
Wesley Fofana, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, and Wilfred Ndidi are just a few of the names that come to mind when it comes to some of Leicester’s most successful signings. But they are also superb when it comes to offloading their talent.
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea – £35 million
During the 2017 transfer window, Danny Drinkwater joined Premier League champions Chelsea for an initial fee of £8 million, rising to 35 million pounds with add-ons. Since the sale, Danny has failed to reach the heights he hit at the foxes, with his current value estimated to be somewhere around the £4 million mark. He has also endured two extremely unsuccessful loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa respectively, where he made a combined total of 6 Premier League appearances, a sorry stat. As a replacement, Leicester City had already signed their man earlier in the year, with previously mentioned Wilfred Ndidi proving to be a surprising upgrade on fan-favourite Drinkwater for a fee of just £15 million.
Harry Maguire to Manchester United- £80 million
Off the back of an extremely impressive 18/19 season with the foxes, Harry Maguire made the switch to Manchester united for an eye watering fee of 80 million pounds, where he has been undeniably underwhelming. Handed the armband upon arrival, Maguire had the world on his shoulders, and the pressure seems to have got to him. Leicester’s compact play style was far from that of the Manchester United setup, and the centre half struggled to adapt to defending as part of a higher line. Harry Maguire’s first season at United wasn’t all bad, as he guided the club to a 3rd place finish in the Premier League as well as reaching a Europa League semi-final and an FA Cup Semi Final. In light of losing their star centre back, Leicester city recruited Turk international Caglar Soyuncu for a total fee of around £19 million, which appears to be an absolute steal based on the kind of performances he was consistently putting in last season, making Aiyawatt’s transfer method and scouting network seem even more impressive.
New signing Wesley Fofana was signed amidst a growing injury crisis at Leicester City, with a number of key players unavailable for a prolonged period of time upon his arrival. As previously stated,the 19 year old has hit the ground running off the back of his £31 million transfer, proving to be exactly what Leicester needed with such short numbers in many defensive areas, providing excellent cover when called upon and arguably cementing his place in the first team squad.
This isn’t anything new for Leicester fans, who have got used to the luxuries of having such an impressive transfer system. Possibly the most impressive of all being their signing of Jamie Vardy. Arriving for just £1 million, fans wouldn’t have batted an eye-lid, but when delving deeper into his stats at Fleetwood Town, you start to see why Leicester snapped up the non-league footballer. In the 2011 season, Vardy scored 34 goals in 42 games to single-handedly slingshot Fleetwood Town into the ladder of professional football. In the FA Cup, Jamie netted 3 times, scoring once against Yeovil Town, once against Wycombe Wanderers and once against what was then a fairly high-flying Blackpool side. Vardy’s electrifying pace and astonishing finishing was clearly enough for Leicester to snap him up, with this once again proving just how formidable both Leicester City’s ownership and scouting network is, with Vardy now proving to be an all-time Premier League great and Leicester City legend.
With José Fontes and Callum Smithson acting as the two main men when it comes to recruiting both first team and U23 talent, Leicester City seem to be pushing for the “Big 6” status year on year, by consistently challenging for Champions League football under Brendan Rodgers, and also proving to be an extremely well run club. With Aiyawatt being only 35 years of age and such a determined individual, fans can also once again feel at ease with their beloved clubs future, knowing it will be in safe hands for many years to come.
The sky really is the limit for the foxes.
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