Following their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, Leicester City have some serious thinking to do.
Manager Craig Shakespeare has already dipped into the transfer market this summer, signing Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra, and Harry Maguire in an attempt to strengthen his squad.
Of these recruitments, Maguire proved impressive in defense in his appearances so far, and soon might have an experienced player alongside him. As reported by The Mirror, the Foxes are eager to sign Chris Smalling from Manchester United, following the defender’s drop from the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Arrivals of big money names like Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof seem to have triggered an interest in the 27-year-old. It is obvious from the matches so far this season that Jose Mourinho doesn’t intend to grant him a starting spot unless his primary candidates are unavailable.
The Englishman could prove to be a welcome addition to Leicester’s squad, owing to his tremendous experience as well as leadership skills. The central defender won the Premier League twice as a Red Devil, and managed to secure 31 caps for England’s national team.
With Mourinho reportedly satisfied with the arrivals this summer, the Portuguese boss might look at selling a few players in the few days that remain in the transfer window, so as to not have stragglers warming the bench. If this proves to be the case, Leicester will certainly look to capitalise on Smalling.
Having won the Premier League title in the 2015-2016 season, the Foxes had etched their name into English football history.
However, their antics last season can be best forgotten, leading to Claudio Ranieri getting the boot. It remains to be seen what future Shakespeare will hope to compose for Leicester in the season to come.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.