Leicester City supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side’s slim European hopes all but banish courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s men went into their clash at Turf Moor eighth in the Premier League table and six points behind the Clarets in the race for seventh, a position which could yet yield a Europa League spot should Southampton fail to win the FA Cup. Yet the Foxes now find themselves nine points behind Sean Dyche’s side after defeat in Lancashire on Saturday, with first half goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long setting the hosts on their way to all three points, and although Jamie Vardy got one back for Puel’s Foxes late on, it wasn’t enough to prevent a second successive league defeat.
Subsequently, there have been many frustrated Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways when they host struggling Southampton on Thursday.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Foxes supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Tottenham could reignite their interest in Demarai Gray this summer.
Yet Puel’s side should forget about sanctioning the 21-year-old’s departure, as there’s only one midfielder the Midlands club should be offloading during the close season, namely Nampalys Mendy.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has failed to make a meaningful impact since his move from Nice back in 2016, with the former France youth international mustering just ten senior appearances for Leicester, just four of which coming in the Premier League.
In fact, Mendy is so far down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium that he was shipped out on loan to Nice at the start of the season, further underlining that his future does not appear to be at the Premier League side.
Yes, injuries haven’t helped the midfielder’s cause during his time in England, but after signing central midfielders Vicente Iborra and Adrien Silva this term, it’s clear that the midfield department has been further reinforced in Mendy’s absence, even if Danny Drinkwater did leave for Chelsea during the summer.
Thus, alongside the likes of Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey, it’s highly unlikely that Mendy will return to Leicester and command regular football next season, which all points towards the Foxes looking to cash in on the 25-year-old during the summer.
As such, they simply must forget about offloading Gray this summer, as Mendy is the only midfielder Puel’s side should be seeking to get rid of during the close season.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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