Leicester City supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team thumped 5-0 by Crystal Palace on Saturday to completely end their slim European qualification hopes.
Claude Puel’s men went into their clash with the Eagles having failed to win any of their preceding three league matches, a run which made dethroning Burnley in seventh place in the Premier League a mightily difficult task. And their dreams of doing so are now in tatters as goals from Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Patrick van Aanholt, and Christian Benteke secured a comprehensive victory for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles at Selhurst Park, thus leaving Leicester in ninth place with three games to play.
As such, there have been many disappointed and angry Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are beginning to turn on manager Puel following a run of just four wins from their previous 18 Premier League matches.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Foxes supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Christian Fuchs will indeed leave the club at the expiration of his contract in 2019.
And while there is little doubting that the 32-year-old has been a great servant to the Midlands outfit in the last few years, they should instead seek to get rid of the £5.4 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer in a bid to command a fee.
Ultimately, the 32-year-old played a pivotal part in helping Leicester win the Premier League back in 2016, with his four assists from 32 league appearances alongside a whole host of solid and consistent performances helping Claudio Ranieri’s side to the second-best defensive record in the division.
His efforts that season simply shouldn’t be forgotten, but it’s fair to say that the Austria international has since failed to meet those lofty standards, and has actually struggled to get into team in recent times at the expense of England Under-21 international Ben Chilwell.
Yes, the 21-year-old hasn’t always convinced in the left back role and some of our resident Leicester fans are questioning whether he has what it takes in that position, but the fact that he has retained his place ahead of Fuchs, and indeed is 11 years younger than his fellow left back, is indicative of the faith placed in him by manager Puel.
And it is also indicative of the difficulties Fuchs is likely to face breaking back into the side next season, even if it is his last at the King Power Stadium.
Clearly, the 32-year-old has excelled for the Foxes for much of his time at the club and deserves immense praise for his efforts certainly in their title-winning campaign, but at the age of 32, he’s not getting any younger, while his main competition for the left back spot in Chilwell, at the tender age of 21, appears to have a bright future in the game.
Thus, instead of letting the Austrian see out his contract at the club, the Midlands outfit should seek to get rid this summer, both because it’s difficult to see him commanding regular football next term, and indeed in a bid to get a fee for the 32-year-old.
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