Leicester City supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their come out on the receiving end of a nine-goal thriller against Tottenham on Sunday.
Claude Puel’s men went into their final game of the campaign knowing that ninth place was assured but eighth place still up for grabs, and when they led 3-1 at Wembley just minutes into the second half, it looked on for the Foxes to move up another place in the Premier League table. However, Spurs hit back brilliantly to win 5-4 and thus condemn the Midlands outfit to a 15th league defeat of the campaign, thus finishing the season with 47 points from their 38 games.
As such, there have been some frustrated Leicester fans in the Tavern in recent times, what with their side unable to back up their win over Arsenal with another at Tottenham, but many are turning their attentions towards the summer and thus what business their side may seek to do.
Yet one man could be on his way out of the King Power Stadium during the close season, with reports recently linking defender Harry Maguire with a move to Manchester City, and indeed other ‘top clubs’.
And were the Foxes to indeed let the England international go this summer, they must seek to replace him with £10.8 million-rated Swansea City star Alfie Mawson (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while part of a Swans team that lost their Premier League status this season, the 24-year-old has been a rare bright spark in an otherwise disastrous campaign at the Liberty Stadium, with the Englishman continuing to rapidly improve as a centre back.
Remember, it was only back in January 2017 in which Mawson started commanding regular football under former boss Paul Clement, and he has since then gone from strength to strength to become arguably the number one centre back at the club, and indeed to earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in March.
And while the defender didn’t play a part in either friendly against the Netherlands and Italy, the fact he was called up to the squad was testament to his efforts in a Swans backline that have seriously struggled this term – in fact, his performances in a poor team are very similar to those of Maguire’s for Hull City last term.
Yes, losing Maguire would undoubtedly be a blow given the England international has enjoyed a fine debut season at the King Power Stadium, but Mawson himself has proven adept at Premier League level, and at the age of 24 will surely continue to improve.
Taking somewhat of a gamble going after a relegated defender in Maguire worked for Leicester last summer – they should seek to do the same again with Mawson were they to lose the England international this time round.
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