Leicester City supporters have been somewhat disappointed in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second Premier League defeat of the campaign on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s men went into their clash with early pace-setters Liverpool off the back of successive victories over Wolves and Southampton, and as such they were full of confidence ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Yet it wasn’t to be for the Foxes at the King Power Stadium as first half goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set the visitors on their way to all three points, with Rachid Ghezzal’s effort after the break not enough to inspire a Leicester comeback.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Foxes fans up and down the country in recent times, although many are likely to be interested in how defender Filip Benkovic gets on at Scottish champions Celtic, having joined the Bhoys on loan on the last day of the Scottish window.
And with the Foxes reportedly possessing the chance to recall the defender in January, it appears that Puel’s men are indeed the biggest winners from the 21-year-old’s late summer departure.
Ultimately, Leicester fans may be somewhat frustrated that Benkovic has left the club, albeit temporarily, for the rest of the campaign, what with the Croatia Under-21 international having only joined the club a matter of weeks earlier.
But with Harry Maguire remaining at the King Power Stadium, alongside the fact that Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans have done reasonably well so far this season, first team football would likely have been hard come to by for the young defender – thus, a move away appears to be in his best interests.
But it’s also in the best interests of Leicester as well given that Benkovic will at least be playing regular football north of the border at Parkhead, thus allowing the defender to continue improving and developing, and thus be ready to step up to the Foxes first team upon return.
And given Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is one of the most highly-rated coaches in the British game, the 21-year-old will be learning from someone who has never been afraid to give young players a platform from which to go out and perform – Benkovic will learn loads from his time at Parkhead.
Add in the fact that playing for the Bhoys is highly pressurised and expectations are very high, and Benkovic is almost certainly going to come back a better player for his experiences at Celtic Park, which would undoubtedly beat being a surplus to requirements at the King Power Stadium for the remainder of the season.
As such, while Celtic themselves will feel that they have pulled off a great deal luring the 21-year-old north of the border, it’s Leicester who are the biggest winners from the defender’s late summer move, given Benkovic is able to keep developing as a player ready to return to the Foxes as a centre back ready for Premier League football, as opposed to sitting on the bench all season.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!