Leicester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the recent news that their club have completed a deal to sign Jonny Evans from Midlands rivals West Brom on a three-year contract.
The 30-year-old centre back may well have been part of a Baggies side that lost their Premier League status this season, finishing bottom of the division with just 31 points from their 38 games, but the former Manchester United defender was a bright spark in an otherwise disastrous campaign at the Hawthorns. And with a reported £3 million release clause in his contract as a result of relegation, there was much interest in his services, but it is Claude Puel’s Leicester who have won the race for the talented defender.
As such, there are many happy Foxes supporters in the Tavern at present, and with a deal for Evans now done, several are hoping that manager Puel will complete his overhaul of the Leicester backline with a move for James Tavernier, who scored nine goals and laid on nine assists for Scottish Premiership side Rangers this season.
The 26-year-old right back has proven himself to be an extremely adept full back during his stint north of the border, with the former Newcastle United man registering a phenomenal 26 goals and 39 assists in 140 games for the Gers.
Ultimately, even attacking players would be satisfied with those figures let alone a right back, but with getting forward and contributing in the final third a growing importance in the modern-day full back, Tavernier is very much on the way up.
Significantly though, his arrival would surely benefit a Leicester backline that shipped 60 goals in their 38 Premier League matches this season, which was more than any other side that finished in the top half of the division.
And with it appearing that the stalwarts of the 2015/16 title-winning campaign are slowly but surely needing to be phased out, what with Christian Fuchs to leave next summer, and Evans likely to be a replacement for Wes Morgan, Puel may also look at an upgrade on current first-choice right back Danny Simpson.
And with the Frenchman seemingly wanting attacking intent from his full backs, hence the regular selection of young Ben Chilwell at left back, Tavernier appears to be the ideal replacement for Simpson on the other flank, and at the age of 26 he is five years younger than his compatriot, and as such appears to be the perfect long-term option at the King Power Stadium.
Ultimately, if Leicester are to move to the next level under Puel next season, they have to be better defensively, and the Frenchman appears to have recognised that by luring Evans across the Midlands from West Brom.
And with that deal done, he must seek to complete his defensive overhaul with a move for Rangers’ Tavernier during the close season.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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