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  1. Might be posted elsewhere..... Seems a fair assessment. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/aug/02/premier-league-2019-20-preview-leicester-brendan-rodgers-perez-tielemans Premier League 2019‑20 preview No 9: Leicester City Premier League 2019-20 previews Premier League 2019‑20 preview No 9: Leicester City The captures of Ayoze Pérez and Youri Tielemans have the potential to lift Brendan Rodgers’ buoyant side up another level Guardian writers’ predicted position: 7th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips) Last season’s position: 9th Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 250-1 It is advancing nicely, Leicester City’s plan to evolve from blue sky champions into contenders for all seasons. No one expects the upcoming campaign to yield a repeat of the 2016 title bonanza but Brendan Rodgers’ team could prove to be better than the league-winning one even without achieving as much. Leicester have a squad full of energy, invention and versatility, and they should threaten the elite this season no matter what becomes of Harry Maguire. Rodgers has the tools and knowhow to build on the useful work done by his predecessor, Claude Puel. The Frenchman began Leicester’s transition from counterattacking sensations to slick all-rounders but he did not have the personality or personnel to complete it. Rodgers is better armed. For a start, he may well have found the solution to the riddle that has stumped Leicester for much of the past three seasons: what to do when opponents neutralise Jamie Vardy by depriving him of space? The answer is to give Vardy better support while also developing an attack with more prongs. Ayoze Pérez, signed from Newcastle for £30m, is ideally suited to succeeding where players such as Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani have failed. Pérez gives Rodgers precious options because he can play either as a partner for Vardy or as a winger; in either role he is skilful and clever enough to link play and deadly enough to finish most chances. Think of him as a belated upgrade on dear Shinji Okazaki, with far more goals plus occasional razzle-dazzle on the wing. Leicester’s other big summer signing is likely to prove even more valuable. Youri Tielemans thrived after being lured on loan by Puel in January and his decision to commit permanently to Leicester is a powerful endorsement and driver of the club’s hopes under Rodgers. If the Belgian, 22, can consistently produce the form he showed in a dozen league games last season, then Leicester will be uplifted by one of the finest playmakers in the Premier League. Tielemans’ vision and passing can elevate Leicester to a higher level, enabling them to unhinge defences with faster and less predictable attacks. And opponents dare not over-commit to stifling him because doing so would give more freedom to Leicester’s other mischief-makers, particularly James Maddison or any of the team’s bevy of dangerous wide players, whether that be Pérez, the underrated Marc Albrighton (challenge: without even considering his other qualities, name five Premier League players who cross the ball better than Albrighton) or Harvey Barnes, a 21-year-old who can be expected to shred many defences and to develop more composure in front of goal (mind you, something similar was said about Demarai Gray a year ago and he is one of the few young players at Leicester who has not progressed as hoped – but, at 23, he still has time. This is a big season for him.) Rodgers wants to strengthen that armoury by signing another offensive midfielder. The attackers Rodgers deploys, and in whichever formation, are likely to enjoy regular support from two of the best full-backs in the Premier League, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira. Leicester’s creative talents should revel on the stage secured for them by an excellent midfield linchpin, Wilfried Ndidi, who will be assisted when required by Hamza Choudhury, another young player nurtured under Puel who could flourish even more under Rodgers. In collective terms, at least, the Northern Irishman has shown signs of giving Leicester the cohesion, intensity and tempo that Puel said he was working towards but did not reach regularly. Leicester were often wasteful last season (Opta, for what it is worth, tell us they were a top-six team in terms of chances created, averaging 13.6 per match – or 14 after the arrival of Rodgers – compared with Arsenal’s 12.3). Everything suggests that this term they are are going to create and convert far more chances. Thank you for your feedback. But how well will they defend? That depends partly on how they deal with the Maguire fandango. It would obviously be handier for Leicester not to have to replace the England centre-back on the eve of the campaign. He was not at his best last season but was highly influential, a useful carrier and distributor of the ball as well as a formidable stopper whose aerial power was one of the reasons why Leicester conceded fewer goals from set pieces than any other team in the league. But his loss could be mitigated by a smart purchase – the interest in Lewis Dunk, for example, is sensible, as, without being as nimble on the ball as Maguire, the Brighton player is solid. But he, or whoever Leicester signed, would have to find his feet quickly. Indeed, there is a case for Leicester signing another centre-back even if Maguire stays but the club seems to be counting on the classy Jonny Evans avoiding injuries, the 35-year-old Wes Morgan telling Father Time to back off, or Caglar Soyuncu or Filip Benkovic fulfilling their uncertain potential. In goal, at least, there are no doubts: Danny Ward is a sound deputy to the reliable Kasper Schmeichel. Last May Leicester would have introduced a dramatic twist into the title race if not for a wild miss by Iheanacho at Manchester City. By next May they could have really shaken up the top clubs. We will soon have a clearer idea of how likely they are to do that, as their first eight matches include jousts with Wolves, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, all of whom finished above them last season and all of whom, unlike Leicester, must contend with European action on top domestic duties this term.
  2. Know nothing about this so hoping that means I wasn't affected. What did the email say?
  3. Paddy_D

    Rivals

    Depends what you mean by rivals? Rivals for best of the rest and hopeful top six, examples would be Wolves and Everton. Local rivals would of course be Forest and Derby. Me being a Hinckley lad, I’ll throw in Cov there as well. Rivals as in clubs that have pissed us off over recent years then take your pick but Tottenham lead the way.
  4. If Harvey scores, we're on the pitch, If Harvey scores, we're on the pitch.....
  5. As long as the badge was not a transfer
  6. Was interested in getting the dark blue training top which was more like t-shirt material (but probably not 100% cotton). It was on sale for about £17. However, the club badge was the transfer type and not sewn on so it put me off.
  7. Anyone got any idea how long it should take to get from Wembley to getting on a tube at Wembley Park Station straight after the game? I have hung around till the crowds disperse in the past but have to get back early from this one.
  8. Does anyone who has 'friends' using IPTV know if you have to have a VPN as well? A 'friend' of mine has an Amazon Fire HD box pre loaded by Cronnex TV and has asked them this question. Their response was it depends on his ISP's blocks. He's therefore concerned that if he pays the £60 for IPTV it will be no good without the VPN (Cronnex don't sell VPN's). There is probably another forum for all things technical but notice a few posters on here have been asking the same thing so just thought it might help a few people if anyone knows.
  9. Oh his name is Youri Tielemans Leicester's number twenty one Yes he's only here for six months So soon he will be gone....2,3,4
  10. Drinking in Birmingham and catching the 11:39 from New St. Trains run every 10 minutes or so and take about 20 mins. Sadly, virtually all pubs in Wolverhampton City Centre and near the ground admit home fans only, except the Blue Brick near Wolverhampton Station which is a small Premier Inn bar.
  11. I'm Puel in, but got to say that is a great effort!
  12. Some light hearted distraction from Puel in, Puel out, shake it all about.... Over to you Foxes Talk...
  13. Puel 'Backed by Leicester faithful’ - reports
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