Leicester City supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side go down 2-1 at home to Newcastle United on Saturday to suffer their third Premier League defeat of 2018.
Claude Puel’s men went into their encounter with the Magpies having won four and drawn four of their ten league games since the turn of the year, a run of form which has all but secured their place in the top half of the table. Yet the Foxes suffered their first home league defeat since mid-December as goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez fired the North East giants into a commanding lead at the King Power Stadium, and while Jamie Vardy did reduce the hosts’ arrears, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback and thus prevent an 11th league loss of the campaign.
As such, there have been many frustrated Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can get back to winning ways when they travel to Burnley this weekend.
Yet several of our resident Foxes supporters are already looking ahead to the summer and what business their team could seek to get done, with recent reports surrounding Richarlison’s future at Watford of interest to many lining up at the bar.
And while Chelsea and Arsenal are two sides reportedly keen on the winger, Leicester would seriously enhance their top six chances by pulling off an ambitious move for the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Ultimately, while the Brazilian star has somewhat gone off the boil in recent times, the 20-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League having netted five goals and laid on five assists for the Hornets so far, all of which coming in his first 17 appearances of the campaign.
Be it netting in crucial victories over Swansea City and West Ham, or playing key parts in goals against Arsenal and Chelsea, the young forward certainly proved his credentials in the early phase of the campaign, and while he hasn’t hit those heights since, it’s surely only a matter of time before he gets back on the scoresheet.
Antonio Conte’s Blues and Arsene Wenger’s Gunners are two sides thought to be interested in the 20-year-old, but with competition for places fierce at the London duo, it will be difficult for him to stamp his authority on a starting berth.
Whereas there may be greater opportunities for Richarlison were he to move to Leicester, who in turn would undoubtedly benefit from his unquestionable talent and potential.
The future of star man Riyad Mahrez is again likely to dominate the headlines this summer, with it likely that the Algeria international will indeed leave the King Power Stadium, having come extremely close to doing so back in January.
And were that to take place, the 2016 league champions would have to bolster their attacking ranks – Richarlison’s arrival would do just that.
The 20-year-old was able to conjure opportunities up out of nothing earlier in the season and certainly adapted to the demands of the Premier League with ease, and with Puel seeming not to fancy Demarai Gray at present, regular football could be in the offing at the King Power.
Significantly though, not only would it appear to be a good move for Richarlison, but it would surely be a good move for Leicester, who currently find themselves one of just a few teams in that mid-table region comfortably clear of danger, but struggling to reel in the top six.
Yet signings like Richarlison, especially at the expense of the aforementioned London heavyweights, are exactly what is in order over the summer, and landing the Brazilian would undoubtedly enhance their top six chances in the 2018/19 season.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!