Leicester are reportedly looking to sign Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand this summer should Ben Chilwell move away from the club.
According to the Daily Mail, the Foxes are eyeing up options to replace their left-back amid talks of Chelsea bidding for the England international. Chilwell has attracted attention after an impressive season with Leicester and the 23-year-old is said to command a fee of £50m.
Would Ryan Bertrand be a suitable replacement for Ben Chilwell?
Brendan Rodgers’ side – who are currently third in the Premier League – cannot afford to limit themselves defensively and must bring in a suitable replacement should Chilwell jump ship.
Southampton have been regarded as a feeder club over the years, supplying Premier League sides with promising talent who have gone on to become stars. Liverpool buying both Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk are prime examples of this.
Bertrand is another Saints player oozing with talent and Leicester could be looking at a solid replacement should Chilwell be snapped up by a rival team this summer.
In his 198 appearances for Southampton, the left-back has tallied eight goals and 19 assists (via Transfermarkt), which are solid numbers for a team looking to assert dominance in the Premier League. The 30-year-old has also averaged 1.5 tackles per game this season as well as 4.6 duels won on average per 90 minutes (via Sofascore).
Bertrand has plenty of ability but, as he is an ageing defender from a struggling Premier League side, Leicester should definitely be able to attract someone of a higher calibre. However, the Foxes need a replacement lined up to quickly plug the hole should Chelsea opt to splurge £50m on Chilwell. With a Transfermarkt value of £9.4m, Bertrand is a cheap enough option this summer.
The Saints left-back could definitely be a solid stopgap defender for next season and will perform alongside talent like Caglar Soyuncu which could bring out the best in him. However, he is not likely to be Leicester’s long-term answer and Rodgers must keep looking for a durable top-quality replacement in order to keep the Foxes pushing in the league.
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