Brendan Rodgers’ appointment as Leicester City’s new manager so far has been a match made in heaven.
Previous manager Claude Puel’s tenure had turned sour. Leicester just weren’t the same team that captivated so many people during their triumphant title-winning season.
Puel was becoming an issue as he wasn’t the most dynamic personality on or off the pitch. And stepping into the Leicester dugout after the much-loved Claudio Ranieri’s dramatic departure didn’t exactly sit too well with the Leicester fans.
But on the pitch, Leicester had stagnated, and the quality of football was slipping. They just weren’t exciting to watch anymore.
So in steps former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for his return to the Premier League. And with just a few weeks under his belt at Leicester, you could see how quickly his effect on the club had flourished.
Leicester are now looking to be a threat to the clubs aiming for a top four spot. They have an excellent squad with some very impressive players. Players such as Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison have all been notable stars in Leicester’s strong start to the season.
Last weekend’s 5-0 demolishing of Newcastle showed just what Leicester’s capabilities are. Even though Newcastle showed almost no ambition in making a game at the King Power, Leicester were ruthless for 90 minutes.
Leicester’s star man is still the reliable Jamie Vardy. His brace against Newcastle proved just how deadly he still can be in front of goal. He is a shoo-in for Leicester’s top scorer every season.
At the beginning of the season, I tipped Leicester to be strong competitors for a top six place. Now, there have been talks of whether or not Leicester could end up in the top four. With the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all having turbulent starts to the seasons, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leicester become dark horses of the league, and sneak past them in the table.
When Brendan Rodgers took his Liverpool squad to the closest they ever came to a Premier League title back in 2014, Liverpool were playing fearlessly as a collective, well put together squad. Leicester already have a great squad that know how to play to the best of their abilities.
This Leicester squad has a good mix of reliable, experienced players such as Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Chilwell and Jamie Vardy. They also have a bunch of fresh up-and-coming talents like James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Caglar Soyuncu and Hamza Choudhury.
This is somewhat similar to how Rodgers’ Liverpool mixed experience with new talent back in 2014- with captain Steven Gerrard charging his team forward, alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.
Rodgers is now, in my opinion, the perfect fit for a team that have high aspirations and a very capable set of players. Right now is a very exciting time to be a Leicester fan.