Unexpectedly, Brendan Rodgers and his men have managed to convince many football fans that Leicester are genuine contenders for the top four. A confident start to the season has seen them hold their own with the likely competitors for the European places. Brendan has got himself set up into a position where he is aiming to use individual players as anchors for Leicester going forward.
Building the team around Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans suggests Rodgers has a playstyle in mind similar to that of Claudio Ranieri’s. Keep it simple and take advantage of the individual talent within the squad.
However, Brendan Rodgers could have found himself in a very different position at this moment if he had taken a different path back in January.
The Leicester boss shocked fans in both England and Scotland when he decided to make the switch from Celtic. The Northern Irishman had successfully bagged seven-out-of-seven trophies for the Glasgow club, and it was his success north of the border that caused many EPL clubs to seek his return.
With public unsettlement between Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea, it was inevitable that the Italian would part ways with the club. With Celtic fans accepting the reality that Brendan Rodgers may move to London at the end of the season, supporters were just desperate to get the glamorous ‘treble treble’ over the line so Rodgers could leave on a high note.
Imagine the surprise across Scotland when it was announced that Rodgers had signed a contract with Leicester in January. “You swapped immortality for mediocrity” was all that the Celtic support cared to tell Rodgers on his way out the door.
The odd turn of events was so shocking because Rodgers was almost guaranteed to be offered the Chelsea job at the end of the season… so why did he jump at the first opportunity to return to the EPL?
The young manager may have had a vision in mind for himself at Leicester. He may have seen a club with potential to rise in similar fashion as Tottenham had in recent years. It may have simply been because of his self-doubt telling him that Chelsea won’t offer him the job, and this is best he’ll get.
Looking back at the abrupt and slightly panicked nature of Frank Lampard’s appointment, it seems like Rodgers would have been a shoo-in at Stamford Bridge. Brendan will not only be wondering if jumping the gun will have cost him an opportunity to return to Chelsea but also if his legacy at Celtic has been tarnished.
No doubt that Leicester won’t be Rodgers’ last club and it is possible that Chelsea may offer him the job in the near future. However, it cannot go unnoticed that many feel like Rodgers may be wasting his time at Leicester.