Leicester City failed to secure a replacement for Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window, forcing Brendan Rodgers’ hand to select Çağlar Söyüncü alongside Jonny Evans at centre-half. And yet Leicester City have started the season well and are on track for automatic qualification into the Champions League.
With the January transfer window bearing down on us, does Rodgers still need to find a replacement, or has Söyüncü got a bright future in the heart of the Leicester defence? This tactical analysis will assess Söyüncü’s impact and consider whether he will still have a place in the first team come January.
Caglar Söyüncü has been paired with Jonny Evans in a 4-1-4-1 formation since the start of the season and has shown his defensive prowess. Few pundits would have backed the unproven youngster to outperform his experienced teammate. It is interesting how far he appears to have come when compared with Jonny Evans. Defensively, Söyüncü has performed better, winning 73% of his defensive duels which indicates the development he has made. He is now a stronger player who is more capable when competing against quality forwards in the Premier League.
This is supported when observing his limited success last season when he was winning only 52.8% of his defensive duels. Although the season is only fourteen games in, he is already getting noticed defensively and his defensive duels statistics are promising reading – they even eclipse that of Virgil Van Dijk this season, who has won 69% of his duels.
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