Leicester City supporters have been drowning their sorrows once again in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go down 2-0 at home to West Ham on Saturday to extend their winless Premier League run to five matches.
Claude Puel’s men went into their meeting with the relegation-threatened Hammers off the back of a 5-0 thumping at Crystal Palace in their previous league outing, and having failed to win in the league since their 2-0 success at Brighton back on March 31. And the Foxes were unable to return to winning ways on Saturday as well as goals from Joao Mario and Mark Noble either side of half time sealed a deserved victory for David Moyes’ team, thus leaving Leicester ninth in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many despondent and angry Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are beginning to turn on manager Puel, who has overseen a desperately poor run of just four wins in 19 Premier League matches.
As such, speculation has been building about his future at Foxes chief, with reports recently suggesting that Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is on the shortlist to replace the Frenchman at the King Power Stadium.
However, the 2016 league champions should forget about a move for the German, and instead seek to replace awful Puel with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Ultimately, while Wagner deserves enormous credit for the wonderful job he has done at Huddersfield, in which he has led them to the top-flight against all the odds, and may well keep them up against them as well, Howe’s consistency in maintaining Bournemouth’s top tier status needs recognising.
The Cherries were a League One club when the 40-year-old took over for a second time back in 2012, helping them to promotion in 2013 and then again from the Championship two years later to embark upon their first stint in the top-flight.
And, like Huddersfield, they were tipped by many to go straight back down, only for Howe’s team to produce exciting attacking football to earn a 16th place finish in 2016, which they bettered admirably last term, ending up ninth.
And with safety assured again this time round, Howe deserves immense credit for the job he has done in building Bournemouth into an established Premier League club – significantly, he hasn’t gone against his principles, with the South Coast club delivering the same sort of attacking football as they did when he took over for a second time back in 2012.
Thus, the 40-year-old has history of galvanising a club and getting the absolute best out of a squad of players, and with seemingly serious financial backing at Leicester, as well as a talented squad already at the club, he could take the Foxes to the next level.
In Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Midlands outfit have two of the best attackers outside of the top six, while Wilfred Ndidi and Harry Maguire have both enjoyed decent seasons to suggest that the spine of the team is there – it just needs someone to properly unlock that potential.
And with Puel seemingly not that man after a poor run of results, alongside a style of play not going down well among the club’s supporters, fresh impetus and ideas may be needed this summer to take the Foxes to the next level.
And having done a sterling job at Bournemouth, the 40-year-old should be the man the Leicester hierarchy turn to if and when they part with Puel.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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