Keeping control over Youri Tielemans is key to Leicester City’s Champions League ambitions
You would do well to scour the internet and find a single sports outlet that hasn’t praised Leicester’s transfer activities at one point or another over the past few seasons.
And to be fair, foxes deserve all the credit they get. however, signature quality talent and keep hold of said talent are two very different things.
When Brendan Rodgers walked through the gates of King Power Stadium, he joined a club that had recently pulled off an incredible coup in signing Yuri Tielemans on loan, with the Foxes continuing to make the deal permanent the following summer.
Now we all know how these deals work – you give an undoubtedly talented youngster a platform to strut into the Premier League, and then once he shows his talent he gets a mega-money move to Manchester City where he will play 15 games. one season for the next five years, before being forced to move to Everton in an attempt to save his career.
Not in Leicester.
No longer a sales club, the Foxes are a team full of ambition and drive, and the news that they are ready to offer the talented Belgian a £ 100,000-a-week contract in a bid to retain his service is proof that their rise, the trajectory shows no sign of stabilizing.
Since Rodgers arrived at Leicester he has been forced to juggle parts of his squad. For example, aging Jamie Vardy has suffered many sideline spells, while the Foxes boss has rarely been able to name a consistent center-back pair due to injuries and suspensions.
Yet in the eye of the storm, Tielemans has been a constant, going about his business and producing consistently brilliant performances.
A fancier operator at the center of a Premier League squad that you probably won’t meet. The Belgium international’s eye for a pass and his ability to execute it are among the best technicians in Britain’s top flight, while his reading of the game makes the look tough, well, bloody easy.
You don’t have to be a football genius to recognize that someone of Tielemans’ ability is going to improve most teams, but his influence on Leicester as an outfit cannot be underestimated.
While the Foxes often look to Vardy to stretch to the sides with his runs behind, Rodgers isn’t a coach who just enjoys playing scoreless balls over the top in the hopes that one of his frontmen s ‘clings to something. There is a measured and calculated feel to their building game, and for players like James Maddison to influence the game, they need a pivot in the middle of the court that can dictate the play – Tielemans is that man.
At just 23, the midfielder’s best years are still ahead of him – which seems ludicrous given his current levels of performance – and if Leicester can tie him to a long-term deal, they will no doubt continue to grow. As things progress. next to.
Well done Foxes. Well done.