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Surely as far as players go only Kante and Mahrez represent significant losses, and clubs have paid stupid money for our players. Manure can have as many of our players as they want at £80million a pop!
Drinkwater, at the time, was a big loss. I think the constant media attention selling our players is part of it as well.


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Drinkwater, at the time, was a big loss. I think the constant media attention selling our players is part of it as well.
only because we didn't get the replacement in, he's done, we got the best of him and sold for a ridiculous fee


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Leicester gatecrashers could stay for breakfast and beyond…
Date published: Thursday 13th February 2020 8:05
“We don’t want too many Leicester Citys.”
It was one hell of a quote to open one hell of an article from Miguel Delaney, who details exactly how Europe’s super-clubs have drawn up the drawbridge to leave modern football, so the headline goes, ‘broken beyond repair’. He paints a bleak picture of a sport which is now so dominated by the haves that the relative have-nots are left irretrievably on the outside, their assets picked off as they stare up at a ceiling now made of the finest crystal.

That opening quote was attributed to a ‘senior figure from the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs’. The particular club is not named but it would be fascinating to know if that senior figure represented one of the three or four English super-clubs likely to miss out on the Champions League this season. In that scenario, they may well be left cursing Leicester again. And this time, there has been no perfect storm – almost impossible to recreate – leading to a thunderous title victory, but a sunny spell forecast almost a year ago when Brendan Rodgers took over a Foxes squad boasting the perfect combination of youth and title-winning experience. And this time the weather could hold in Leicester.

That feted fairy-tale victory of 2016 was actually elite football’s nightmare and there was clearly a collective vow to never allow that to happen again; during that bizarre season and the months following, four of the big six managers were upgraded, with only north London escaping the cull. Incoming bosses Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho were all given over £100m to spend and Leicester – who broke their own transfer record three times – began the next season with a mid-table finish feeling inevitable. Since their title victory, they have finished 12th, ninth and ninth; that they now lie in third feels almost as revolutionary as their triumph, given the double locks installed on the closed shop after the looting of 2016.

Leicester have undoubtedly been helped by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal collectively deciding that DNA is somehow more important than managerial expertise, while Tottenham’s defiance of the odds always had a shelf life, but this is no wily old nag taking advantage of a few fallers; this is an expertly built squad now being led by an astute and ambitious manager.

This season has been so impressive that their trick of getting stronger after the sale of their most valuable asset actually looks repeatable. James Maddison could follow Harry Maguire out of the King Power this summer and you would back them to find a solution.

Eight of their first-choice starting XI are between the ages of 22 and 26; the other three are title winners. Ten of their first-choice starting XI (we’re counting Ayoze Perez as the possible outlier) are either Academy graduates or are worth (in some cases considerably) more than Leicester paid for their services. Beneath that XI, there are other young players ripe for development or profit like Dennis Praet, Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin. Add another smattering of title winners and this becomes a ridiculously balanced squad. Their success feels sustainable. This time, the gate-crashers could be informing the council of a change of address.

Looking at the financial tables puts this scenario into perspective. Leicester are not just outside of Delaney’s list of the 11 European super-clubs, but outside of Deloitte’s top 20 Money League. According to their numbers, Leicester can boast only the ninth highest revenues in the Premier League, below Everton and West Ham as well as the big six, with barely more than a quarter of Manchester United’s money-generating capacity. In a season when Liverpool have been extraordinary, Sheffield United astonishing and Wolves still threaten to join them in smashing down the doors of the elite, it is easy to forget that Leicester absolutely should not be in third and cradling a ten-point gap to fifth. It defies all logic in a modern football world that doesn’t want too many Leicester Citys.
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Former Chelsea and England midfielder Karen Carney, who retired after helping the Lionesses reach the World Cup semi-finals this summer, is writing columns for the BBC Sport website, working on Radio 5 Live and featuring on BBC TV this season.

In January, Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell was linked with other clubs - such as Chelsea and Manchester United - which as a player is a huge compliment.

However, the flip side of so much speculation can affect you.

I can't say what he is thinking or feeling. Nobody knows what goes on inside someone's head. But when I was involved in transfer speculation as a player it was in the back of my mind.

You can lose concentration and take your eye off the ball. You do not always realise it but it can creep in and your performances drop.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has had to pull him up a couple of times this season because his form has dropped off a bit - he was not in the squad against Burnley and was only on the bench against West Ham United - but he is back in the team now and scored against Chelsea in the 2-2 draw earlier this month.

Overall, Chilwell has not done too badly this season and that's why other clubs are still interested.

Last season was good for him and he made his England debut in the friendly win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium. It is massive when you become a senior international. It definitely adds pressure. We saw it with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli as well.

When you first come on the scene, you are young, exciting and nobody knows much about you. Then you kick on and in the second season there is a label on you. You are an England player, a senior international and are expected to perform at the top level consistently. The opposition learn how to deal with you better and prey on your weaknesses.

There is all this expectation and pressure around you. The fun goes out of the window a little bit and you are not just rolling on momentum.

I found it the hardest part of my career. You are not young enough to be forgiven for mistakes but you are not old enough to have the experience. You are in the between age of trying to figure it out and it is flipping hard.

But Chilwell's versatility is really good for England so I do not think he needs to worry about his place at the Euros. January has gone now so he needs to get his head down and kick on a gear - Leicester have a tough match on Friday against ninth-placed Wolves (20:00 GMT kick-off).

Why Rodgers can't drop Harvey Barnes
Chilwell is forming a good partnership with Leicester team-mate Harvey Barnes this season. I was a winger like Barnes and I was heavily reliant on the full-back - you need them to feed you the ball.

That partnership only comes by playing together regularly. Barnes, who is still only 22, has had to bide his time. He only started one of the first five Premier League games of the season, but he has fought his way in and is now keeping Demarai Gray out of the team.

I think Barnes has been Leicester's best player since Christmas. I remember watching him in the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur back in September. He impressed me and really caught my eye.

His impact was overshadowed by bigger names in the squad because he was not scoring. Now he has added end product to his good performances, contributing to 10 goals this season.

You can see his confidence has grown too. He has started 17 of Leicester's 25 Premier League games in 2019-20 and that shows Rodgers clearly has faith in him.

Harvey Barnes against Tottenham
In the 2-1 victory over Tottenham in September, Barnes played 82 minutes, making two key passes (level with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans) and had three shots in total - only Maddison had more (four). Fourteen of his successful 18 passes were in the opposition half. The touchmap above shows he got on the ball eight times in the opposition box.
When you are a young player coming in off the bench like Barnes, your main concern is to just stay in the team. There was probably a bit of anxiety before.

I cannot reiterate how important playing week-in, week-out is for any player's development. You have to play. And you can never give the manager an excuse not to play you - you have to give him a headache. Barnes is doing that because he's playing well consistently, working hard and contributing to goals. How can Rodgers not play him?

He needs to continue to work on providing that goal threat because that's the difference between the best and the rest.

Barnes is working with a good manager so he should be able to do that. A lot of managers just focus on results. I get the impression Rodgers coaches individual players to make them better, as well as the team. That does not happen a lot in football.

Harvey Barnes' stats in the Premier League this season
AppearancesStartsGoalsAssistsChances created from open playTotal shots (inc. blocks)Shots on target
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Premier League

P Pld Pts
Liverpool 27  79
Manchester City 27  57
Leicester 27  50
Chelsea 27  44
Manchester Utd 27  41
Tottenham  27  40
Sheffield Utd 27  40
Wolves 27  39
Arsenal 27  37
10 Burnley 27  37
11 Everton 27  36
12 Southampton 27  34
13 Palace 27  33
14 Newcastle Utd 27  31
15 Brighton 27  28
16 Bournemouth 27  26
17 Aston Villa 27  25
18 West Ham Utd 27  24
19 Watford 27  24
20 Norwich City 27  18

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