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After registering 292 appearances, Leicester City should not hesitate to offer this veteran defender a new contract in the summer – Opinion

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Leicester City should offer club-captain Wes Morgan a new deal

According to Sky Sports, Leicester City are set to offer club-captain Wes Morgan a new deal, with the 35-year-old set to be out of contract next summer.

The same report claims that new manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep hold of Morgan and the former Celtic boss has made it clear to the board that he wants the 35-year-old to stay beyond the end of the season.

Morgan made a whopping 380 appearances for his boyhood club Nottingham Forest before joining Leicester City in 2012. The Jamaican established himself as a first-team regular upon his arrival at the King Power Stadium and skippered the Foxes to Premier League glory in the 2015-16 season. Morgan has made a total of 292 appearances for the Foxes across all competitions, scoring on 12 occasions.

The 35-year-old has started 18 times in the Premier League this season, including Rodgers’ first game in charge which ended in a 2-1 defeat to Watford. Barring a couple of sending offs this term, Morgan has shown that he is still capable of providing solidity at the heart of the Foxes defence even at the twilight of his career.

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To put things into perspective, Morgan has certainly done enough to earn a new contract at the club. Having served as one of the mainstays of the backline for the past six years, the Jamaican has already written his name in the history books at the King Power Stadium but he still has something to offer at the highest level.

Leicester’s ageing defensive options have come under scrutiny numerous times this season, with the likes of Morgan and Jonny Evans well past the 30 mark. Former manager Claude Puel attempted to bolster the backline with the signing of Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu last summer, but as things have shaped up, both the youngsters, though immensely talented, still need some time to adapt to the competitive nature of the Premier League.

While Soyuncu has been less than convincing in his limited opportunities at Leicester, Benkovic has proven his mettle on loan at Celtic this term and Rodgers, having already worked with the Croatian, should include him in his plans for the upcoming season. Harry Maguire continues to be a reliable presence at the back but Leicester need to find a way to increase competition for places at the back next season.

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With the likes of Soyuncu and Benkovic still relatively new to English football, having Morgan in the ranks for the next season would not only provide Rodgers with the right kind of balance in the squad but would also buy the others some more time to settle down. Morgan has always been a great athlete and a great leader in the dressing room. He is still very fit and there is no reason why the Foxes should not offer him a new deal.

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The baton has to be eventually passed on to the younger players, with Morgan likely to play a diminished role in the first-team next season. However, his charismatic presence is still an invaluable asset to the Foxes.

 

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Leicester reigniting interest in this 25-year-old goal machine would provide Rodgers with ideal backup for Vardy

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Leicester City Opinion: Why the Foxes should go all out to sign Roger Assale

Back in April last year, a report from the Daily Mail claimed Leicester City were tracking Young Boys striker Roger Assale ahead of a summer transfer. However, a move never materialised and the Ivorian stayed with Young Boys.

Roger Assale, 25, scored 21 goals and provided 14 assists in 49 games as Young Boys won the title last season. However, his productivity has declined this campaign as the Ivory Coast international has only scored seven goals and supplied six assists in 23 games thus far.

Regardless of his drop in numbers, Leicester City should reignite their interest in Assale and sign him this summer.

The Foxes have an exciting attacking unit, filled with young talents like James Maddison, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes. But the club needs a bonafide goal-scorer to replace the ageing Jamie Vardy, who has been a brilliant servant at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy has scored 12 goals this season, racking up a century of goals in the blue jersey of Leicester and already flourishing under new manager, Brendan Rodgers. Yet, Rodgers should plot a replacement for the former England international, who turned 32 earlier in January.

The Foxes need goals and without Vardy they struggle, with Kelechi Iheanacho not living up to the expectations since moving from Manchester City in 2017. Shinji Okazaki will turn 33 next month and may leave the club after his contract expires at the end of this season.

That makes signing a centre-forward so important for the Foxes and Rodgers should plot a summer swoop for Roger Assale.

The Ivorian is the type of player Leicester City desperately is in need of. Assale is not just a fine dribbler; he also happens to be a nippy, technically-gifted and powerful forward with a superb eye for goal. He keeps the ability to race past his opponent in a blink of an eye and score a goal, that’s how quick and decisive he is in the final third.

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The 25-year-old is lethal inside the box, has decent pace and knows how to generate space in the attacking third of the pitch. He will enter his prime in the next year or so and will be a fantastic signing for a team like Leicester.

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The acquisition of Assale would undoubtedly bolster the Foxes’ attacking options at the King Power Stadium. Rodgers and the Leicester board should do everything in their power to bring the diminutive Ivorian to the Midlands in the summer as the striker could give Leicester City a boost in challenging the Big Six next season.

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These 3 strikers would be perfect to replace Jamie Vardy at Leicester – including this 16-goal star

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Leicester City Opinions: 3 realistic successors to Jamie Vardy at Leicester

Leicester City are a club that somehow managed to achieve what was considered to be impossible in the modern era in the presence of monstrous teams like Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City

They won the Premier League against all the odds and looked like they should be champions-elect right from the first fixture of the season.

With sheer hard work and passion for the cause from the men in blue, Claudio Ranieri had got something going at the King Power Stadium.

With some excellent work in midfield from Danny Drinkwater and World Cup winner N’Golo Kante, who are both Chelsea players now, they were able to dominate even teams from the top-6 and thereby hold top spot right until the final day of the season.

The main factor in that season were the crucial goals and most of them were delivered by English forward Jamie Vardy.

The man who rose from playing Sunday league football to the Premier League level in the blink of an eye, Vardy’s exploits for the Foxes that season are part of history.

His goals have kept the Foxes fans going through difficult times after that as well and despite his ripe age of 32, he still delivers on a consistent basis and works his socks off each and every time he steps on the football pitch.

While he is a club legend, at 32, the need to look for alternative is high and this summer could be the perfect time. Here are three players who can readily replace the talismanic forward:

Jean-Pierre Nsame

The Cameroonian international forward has become a key player for BSC Young Boys since making the switch from Servette for a meagre sum of under a full million.

The 25-year-old has been in good league form and has picked up 8 goals from his 20 games this term. Tall and well-built, his size certainly doesn’t deter with him mobility and using his long strides, he puts himself about on the pitch and that could just what Leicester need.

Oliver McBurnie

The young Scottish international forward has been brilliant up-front for Swansea City this season and he is the club’s top scorer as well. With 16 goals and 4 assists from his 33 appearances, his efficiency certainly doesn’t need to be questioned.

Still only 22, he has the right attributes to make a name for himself in the English game and his movement and positioning in the box will suit the talented midfielders in the Foxes ranks and that’s why this move is assured to be a hit.

Sam Lammers

The Dutch youth international is a very highly rated PSV academy product who is currently employed by fellow Eredivisie club Heerenveen for who he has scored 14 times this season from 23 appearances.

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With 5 assists to his name as well, at just 21, he has the perfect opportunity to announce himself by making the switch to King Power where he would be able to sit in perfectly given his attacking and finishing capabilities.

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Forget Man United: This 23-year-old midfield ace would work wonders by joining any of these 3 PL sides on loan instead

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Man United Opinion: 3 loan destinations for Andreas Pereira

According to the Sun, Man United are considered shipping Andreas Pereira out on loan for the whole of next season to allow him to get more regular first-team football.

United triggered a 12-renewal option in Pereira’s contract, with the 23-year-old midfielder set to be out of contract in the summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the Brazilian to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. (h/t Sun)

The Sun also reports that Pereira is held in very regard by the United hierarchy and they are hopeful that a loan spell in another Premier League club will help him make the grade at Old Trafford.

Leicester City are also keen on bringing Pereira to the King Power Stadium, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly a long-term admirer of the Brazilian. (h/t Sun)

Pereira has enjoyed more first-team involvement under Solskjaer, with the Brazilian scoring a stunner in United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton and starting in the incredible 3-1 victory over PSG in the Champions League.

A loan move will definitely give him more exposure, and here are 3 possible loan destinations for the creative ace.

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1. Leicester City

A loan spell under Brendan Rodgers might help him take his game to the next level. The Foxes have enjoyed a bright start to life under Rodgers but they need to sort out issues relating to lack of creativity in the midfield if they are to challenge for a European spot next season.

Youri Tielemans have certainly added more cutting edge to Leicester’s midfield but the Foxes will need to smash their club-record fee in the summer to acquire the Belgian’s services permanently.

James Maddison has made a massive impact this season while Harvey Barnes has shown signs of promise after returning from his loan spell at West Brom.

With his ability to play anywhere in attacking midfield, Pereira’s presence will certainly be a boost to Rodgers’ team dynamics and squad depth, and the Brazilian is more than capable of competing with likes of Maddison, Barnes, Ghezzal and others for a spot in the team.

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2. Bournemouth

Bournemouth have had a season full of promise under Eddie Howe in the Premier League this term and a creative midfielder like Andreas Pereira would be a potentially good signing for the Cherries in the summer, as they look to post a better challenge for a Europa League qualification spot next season.

Youngsters like David Brooks and Nathan Ake have taken their football to a new level at the Vitality Stadium and Pereira has every chance of being the next one to do so.

The Brazilian has the ability to play as an attacking midfielder behind the striker and in a withdrawn central role in the middle, whilst also possessing the versatility to play out wide on the left.

His versatility will give him a good chance of not only proving himself as an upgrade on Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Jordon Ibe but will also help him push the likes of Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook for a place in the side.

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3. Crystal Palace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Selhurst Park last season and United should be drawn to the idea of allowing Pereira to further his development under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson.

The Eagles have struggled for creativity all season, with summer recruit Max Meyer failing to make much of an impact in his first season. Pereira boasts of good sharpness and flair on the ball and has the ability to move the ball around quickly in the attacking third.

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The Brazilian has a good eye for a pass and his penchant for scoring goals should give him a chance of competing with the likes of Meyer, Jeffrey Schlupp and James MacArthur for a place in the team.

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