As Claude Puel travels back to Southampton tomorrow in order to take on the side who sacked him, the Frenchman does so under pressure. Indeed, just like his time in charge of the Saints, the former Nice coach is seemingly yet to convince everyone that he’s the man for the job.
Even at this early stage of the campaign, there have been reports suggesting Puel is fighting to save his job. So, the idea of losing to his former club in a time like this must be a gutting one and, while the Saints have problems of their own, the absence of Jamie Vardy is unwelcome.
The England striker was sent off against Wolves last weekend and the Foxes’ failure to sign sufficient back-up over the course of the summer – as well as the departure of Riyad Mahrez – leaves them fairly low on firepower.
So, we’ve been asking our Leicester supporting readers who they thought should replace Vardy. Kelechi Iheanacho has rarely looked the kind of player who the Foxes must have thought they were buying from Manchester City while title-winner Shinji Okazaki is a popular figure but far from a prolific one.
Interestingly enough, despite his lack of goals since joining the East Midlands club, Iheanacho seemingly has the backing of supporters. Indeed, 82% of polled fans want him to lead the line as the Foxes go on the hunt for their second win in a row.
Perhaps with the arrival of James Maddison in the No.10 role, the Nigeria international can rediscover the kind of touch that made him a fairly regular player under Pep Guardiola during their time together at City.
If he can, Southampton will surely be put to the sword.