According to a recent report from The Sun, Brendan Rodgers is being lined up by Leicester City as a possible replacement for under pressure manager Claude Puel. The Northern Irishman is currently in charge of Scottish heavyweights Celtic and has been since taking over from Ronny Deila back in 2016, with his excellent work north of the border seemingly attracting interest from the Premier League.
And that’s because reports suggest that the ex-Liverpool boss is being lined up as a possible replacement for Frenchman Puel at the King Power Stadium, and were the Foxes to indeed relieve the former Southampton chief of his duties, Rodgers would without doubt be the perfect man to take over the Midlands outfit.
Ultimately, while Puel deserves credit for the job he has done at Leicester since replacing Craig Shakespeare back in October 2017, including leading the club away from Premier League danger last term to a ninth place finish, his relatively negative brand of football is very much testing the patience of some Foxes fans.
And while they picked up impressive victories over Chelsea, Manchester City, and Everton during the festive period, an embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport County as well as a disappointing 2-1 reverse against Southampton at the weekend has piled the pressure further on Puel – it seems just a matter of time before Leicester make a change.
And given the talent in that Foxes squad, it only needs someone to come in and unlock that undoubted potential and ability, with Celtic’s Rodgers having proven in the past that he is the man for the job.
The 45-year-old may well have struggled at Reading in 2009, losing his job at the Madejski Stadium just a few months after his appointment, but he has bounced back from that to excel at Swansea City, Liverpool, and now Celtic, thus seriously enhancing his reputation in the game – there’s a reason he was linked with the Arsenal job last summer.
And that’s because his teams have always possessed an identity of free-flowing attacking football, be it doing so to help take Swansea to the Premier League back in 2011, or indeed inspiring Liverpool to the cusps of a first ever Premier League title back in 2014.
And he has continued his fine work by helping Celtic completely dominate Scottish football in a way not previously seen, with the Northern Irishman having won every domestic trophy available since his appointment back in 2016, including leading the team to an unbeaten domestic campaign back in the 2016/17 – clearly, Rodgers continues to produce the goods.
And that positive brand of football, alongside his willingness to give young players a chance, would surely help get the best out of a supremely talented Leicester squad – they possess a frightening amount of pace and dynamism which simply hasn’t been seen for much of Puel’s reign.
As such, with Puel’s future again in doubt, as it has been for much of his time in charge at the King Power Stadium, a change could well be made in the near future, one that does appear necessary to really get the best out of this Leicester team.
And 45-year-old Rodgers appears to be the perfect man to replace the Frenchman at the Midlands club.
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