I'd say they are the club we should aspire to be. I guess it's simply down to the owners but you never hear of them saying they need to be self sufficient, or sell before they can buy - they just get on with the business of being in the premier league. Many probably thought they had peaked after 2015 but they have impressively kept a good side together and continue to push at the higher end of the division. We also have to say that Rodgers has done a pretty good job there. They've had some good fortune in that some of the team were developed rather than bought in, like Vardy. OK he's a little rat, but he cost them peanut and consistently puts the ball in the net. But they've bought well and built a really good side again. It is annoying as the city is no bigger than ours, the grounds are virtually identical , but they have shown that you really can achieve something with an effective plan.
I know it sounds like I'm a Leicester fan, but I have to say I like them. They proved everyone wrong and showed that it is actually possible to achieve something when the accepted view was that if you weren't top 6 you were wasting your time even trying.
Every time I watch us play it's a painful reminder of missing out on this guy. He's exactly the sort of player we are missing. Someone who plays his best in the final third, can take a free kick, look for passes into the box and if the defence back away he can shoot.
Romeu and PEH are very similar to each other. Both will compete well and win the ball and you think "that's great now get things moving forward". That's when they both seem to drain of confidence. So many times - even against Pompey - they did that and then passed the ball directly to the opposition. It's one of the reasons Ings hasn't scored many - the ball simply never arrives at him.
I believe a player in the mould of Maddison (or dare I say a Lallana type player) would make us exponentially better. Obviously most teams would be better with him, but that style of player in the middle of the park would transform us. I'm not just saying buy better attacking players, I'm saying that we've lacked this player for a few years now and I think it would add a whole new dimension when we transition from defence to attack. Giving the ball away on the halfway line is becoming a habit.
What do we think ? Joined Derby on 100k a week. His wages are being supported by the betting firm 32Red who signed a deal with derby. Rooney will wear number 32.
I don't know. Good move for him and will help him move into coaching but it makes me feel distinctly uneasy. Firstly because it's a gambling firm. Alcohol and fags are banned but it seems gambling is fine in sport. It also seems very contrived that the sponsor can dictate the shirt number. Maybe I'm being old fashioned but it doesn't seem right to me. If Derby can't afford his wages then they shouldn't be signing him for a start.....