The Leicester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by the performances of Harry Maguire since he signed for the club from Hull City last summer, and they are looking forward to seeing him in action during the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate announced his England squad for the 2018 World Cup earlier today which deservedly included Leicester’s Harry Maguire. The 25-year-old centre-back has been a rock at the heart of the Foxes defence this season and his performances earned him the player of the year award for the 5th time in his career.
According to the Daily Mirror, his form for Leicester has attracted interest from Manchester City, but he will not make a decision on his future until after the World Cup. With that being said, it’s likely that England’s performance in Russia will determine where Maguire’s future lies and consequently how Leicester will fare during the 2018/19 season.
If Maguire is selected to start in the World Cup and impresses Pep Guardiola and onlooking clubs from across the continent, Leicester will struggle to keep hold of their prize asset this summer, whereas poor performances and high-profile mistakes on the international stage could force clubs to focus their interest elsewhere.
However, it must be considered that a series of high quality performances are bound to increase Maguire’s stock and give Leicester plenty of power to demand an extortionate price for his services, so either way it’s a win-win situation for the club. The Foxes will naturally want to keep hold of their player of the season for another year, as his presence at the club is crucial to their development, but they may be forced to offload him this summer if he reaches the pinnacle of his form on international duty.
At this moment in time Leicester should harbour aspirations of pushing for a Europa League place during the next campaign, but the departure of Maguire would naturally force them to alter their expectations, so the supporters should keep a close eye on their star player this summer, as plenty of Premier League clubs will be monitoring his performances with plenty of intent.
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