As Leicester City fell to another disappointing away loss to Watford, new manager Brendan Rodgers finally realized he isn’t managing a squad built for winning titles anymore.
The Foxes have long-lost the squad which helped them pull off the magnificent fairy-tale almost four years ago now, with many leaving or fizzling out after such a wonderful journey.
Rodgers now has a fairly young, but an unbalanced squad which needs extensive working on to get moving in top gear. For one, their defensive issues need to be resolved by Rodgers. He experimented with a 3-4-3 formation against Watford, which ultimately led to their demise on Sunday against his former club.
Watford used the space in their defence to move forward with vigour and Andre Gray’s winner resulted because of a glaring gap and miscommunication in defence. The slow defensive line of aged Johnny Evans and Wes Morgan is also holding back Harry Maguire from unleashing his best form.
It’s due to the gap in the defensive third which allowed Watford to get so many shots on target, despite the Foxes having the lions share of possession. Be it set-piece defending or organizing his defence better, Rodgers needs to work quickly as games come thick and fast.
Even apart from the defensive front, he needs more quality in the final third and to play Demarai Gray more often to help Jaime Vardy.
While there were certainly positives taken from his debut as Leicester manager, the disappointing defeat proves it’s going to be a long and hard road for him to get the Foxes running with the top sides again.