Leicester City supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side pick up an impressive 2-0 victory at Brighton on Saturday to consolidate eighth place in the Premier League table.
Claude Puel’s men went into their clash on the South Coast looking to become just the fourth team this season to win at the AMEX Stadium, and although they did indeed clinch all three points, it was far from easy for the 2016 Premier League champions. It took the Foxes until the 83rd minute to break the deadlock through midfielder Vicente Iborra, and while Jamie Vardy added a second deep into injury-time, the visitors had to play the last ten minutes or so with ten men following Wilfred Ndidi’s red card as they moved three points clear of ninth-place Everton in the Premier League table.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can maintain their fine form between now and the end of the season to thus build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Foxes supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a summer move for Southampton striker Charlie Austin.
And while the 28-year-old is clearly a hugely talented forward, his injury record is of big concern to Leicester fans in the Tavern, who would rather their club focused on luring £16.2 million-rated Javier Hernandez (as per Transfermarkt) away from West Ham this summer.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old doesn’t appear to be overly enjoying life in East London following his move to the Hammers last summer, with reports suggesting that the Mexico international wanted out of the club during January given their poor season to date.
Yet there have been signs that the former Manchester United striker was beginning to hit form having netted seven goals in 24 appearances for David Moyes’ side, but it seems pretty clear that they are a team that don’t play to the Mexican’s strengths.
Hernandez has rarely been someone who can lead the line on his own, and while they have tried him up top with a bigger aerial presence in Andy Carroll, it often hasn’t worked.
As such, the 29-year-old appears frustrated with life at the London Stadium, and would surely seek an exit were Moyes’ men to get relegated to the Championship this season – remember, Hernandez was playing Champions League football just last year.
And Leicester must seek to land the prolific goal-scorer this summer to bolster their own striking options, which at the moment are very much dependent on the form and fitness of Jamie Vardy.
Yes, the Englishman has enjoyed another decent season for the Foxes and looks set to go to the World Cup, but he is the only forward at the club to have hit double figures this term, with Shinji Okazaki the next-best with just six.
Clearly, if the Midlands outfit are serious about sustaining a challenge to the top six next season, they have to have more in attack, and who better than someone renowned for his predatory instincts in the box – he could strike up quite the partnership with Vardy up top for the Foxes.
Thus, they should forget about making a move for injury-prone Austin, and instead focus their efforts on luring unhappy Hernandez away from West Ham this summer.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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