Out of the five Leicester first-team players who are on loan – not including those from the U23 squad – two have continued to struggle for any sort of first-team action.
Both Andy King and Rachid Ghezzal have had yet another week without any minutes on the pitch. King did not even make the Rangers squad against Motherwell, meaning that he hasn’t played in the league for the Scottish side since matchday five – six matches ago where he played 15 minutes against Livingston – suggesting that he has a long way to go before being selected by Steven Gerrard.
Rachid Ghezzal is facing similar problems, although he was at least on the bench for Fiorentina in their 2-1 loss over Lazio. He has only played four minutes for the Italian side in Serie A this season, with his last match coming on the October 10 when he played three minutes versus Udinese.
The trio on loan in France have continued to get game time, though, so we will look a bit more closely at them this week. Islam Slimani and Adrien Silva both featured for Monaco, while Fousseni Diabate also played for Amiens.
With five goals and seven assists from Slimani’s opening eight league matches, he has been nothing short of a revelation since joining the Ligue 1 side.
Unfortunately for the Algerian, he wasn’t able to mimic any of his recent performances for Monaco as he played 80 minutes in Monaco’s 1-0 win over Nantes.
The forward could only manage one shot in the whole game, which subsequently was off-target.
Silva played all ninety minutes for Monaco this week – his second week in a row of full-matches and his only two of the season.
Playing in central midfield of a 3-5-2, he was able to have a solid game as Monaco kept Nantes out to keep a clean sheet.
WhoScored gave Silva a 7.2 for his performance, where he managed to have an impressive 94 per cent pass succession rate as well as make six tackles throughout the match – the highest in the match in both disciplines.
Diabate made his first start since the September 25, playing on the right of midfield in Amiens 2-2 draw away at Saint-Etienne.
Diabate registered two dribbles – only bettered by one other in his squad – and was also able to make two tackles in a pretty average performance, though it was at least positive he returned.
It’s another mixed-bag for Leicester’s loan men. Obviously, the struggles for King and Ghezzal are far from positive with both of their careers – and it won’t help Leicester for next season when they have to sell – but it’s not the end of the world.
Slimani had a poor week in front of goal but his record and aforementioned hold-up play speaks for itself in terms of how impressive his season has been over the whole year, while Silva is slowly starting to become a more important part of Monaco’s first-team.
Fousseni Diabate continues to be a peripheral figure, but perhaps he impressed during training to get promoted to the starting line-up on the weekend, so Leicester fans will hope he can continue to improve.
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