Former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has posed questions surrounding Leicester City’s squad depth after the Foxes lost Jamie Vardy to injury during Wednesday night’s victory over West Ham United.
Vardy was one of two first-half Leicester substitutes as the Foxes overcame the premature departures of their top scorer, as well as midfielder Nampalys Mendy, to record a comfortable 4-1 win over a hapless West Ham side that edged closer to relegation trouble.
Despite Leicester boasting a rather comfortable position in the table’s Champions League places, Hislop told ESPN FC that the one remaining concern after their midweek win would be the quality of depth at the King Power Stadium following the knocks to Vardy and Mendy against the Hammers.
He said: “The concern for them is Vardy limps off, adding to an injury list that you just wonder if Leicester City can cope with. They, for me, are the third-best footballing team in the league but, is their squad deep enough to deal with those injuries? That’s the big concern for them right now.”
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With a 14-point buffer over the likes of Manchester United and Spurs, it looks as though even a disastrous run of form may not be enough to disrupt the Foxes’ pursuit of Champions League football – particularly having lost the two games immediately prior to their return to winning ways this week.
Though while a potential lack of quality in reserve may not harm their season’s aspirations, it may be argued that the team may suffer on the pitch as their squad becomes stretched, hence Hislop’s concerns.
Even if Vardy is not out for long, his absence could leave Brendan Rodgers rather limited up front, with Kelechi Iheanacho perhaps his only like-for-like replacement while Ayoze Perez has often been utilised out wide this season.
As their top scorer and joint-top creator this season, Leicester’s goal threat could be substantially harmed by Vardy’s absence, although both Iheanacho and Perez recently helped the Foxes ease to victory at Newcastle without his assistance – though there may be an added reliance on keeping those men fit, in particular.
So while Hislop needn’t be too concerned, with Vardy out, it does seem that Leicester are one more attacking injury away from a mini-crisis.
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