Leicester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reasonably upbeat in recent times after seeing their side begin the 2018/19 Premier League season in encouraging fashion.
Claude Puel’s men stuttered in the second half of last term to eventually finish ninth in the top-flight, thus increasing the pressure on the Frenchman ahead of the summer. Yet the former Southampton chief was backed by the club’s hierarchy and spent a decent amount of money during the close season, which has since seen them begin the campaign with a defeat at Manchester United followed by victory over newly-promoted Wolves.
Thus, there are many satisfied Foxes fans up and down the country at present, several of whom are pondering what the future holds for goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic following the arrival of Danny Ward over the summer.
And with Kasper Schmeichel remaining at the King Power Stadium beyond the English deadline, things don’t look particularly good for £900,000-rated Jakupovic (as per Transfermarkt), which is why he really must leave Leicester this month.
Ultimately, the 33-year-old made the move to the Midlands outfit back in 2017 after impressing at a prior stint at Hull City, yet the goalkeeper has since managed just four senior appearances for the Foxes, in which time he shipped six goals in a 3-1 win over Arsenal and a 5-4 defeat at Tottenham on the final day of last season.
Thus, Jakupovic’s position in the pecking order was pretty clear even prior to Ward’s arrival, but the fact that the former Liverpool man was named on the bench for both of their opening two Premier League games suggests that the 33-year-old has fallen even further away from the first team, and potentially out of the club altogether.
Yet one mustn’t forget that the former Switzerland international produced the goods for Hull in his final season at the KCOM Stadium to earn him a move to Leicester, with the shot-stopper keeping five clean sheets and shipping 36 goals in 22 Premier League appearances for the Tigers.
Yes, the 33-year-old wasn’t able to keep the North East outfit in the top-flight that season, but he certainly did his bit in trying to keep Marco Silva’s men in the Premier League, thus underlining his credentials as a hugely adept top tier goalkeeper.
As such, there is little doubting that the Leicester shot-stopper could still do a job, but given he is currently third-choice at the King Power Stadium, that opportunity is unlikely to arise at the Midlands outfit.
Thus, he absolutely must seek to leave the club this month.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!