According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Nathaniel Clyne could be set for a move away in the January transfer window. The England international currently plays his football at Premier League side Liverpool and has done so since leaving Southampton back in 2014, although struggles for regular game time under manager Jurgen Klopp this season has called into question his future at Anfield.
And reports suggest that Premier League duo Bournemouth and Cardiff City are eyeing up a January move for the £13.5 million-rated outcast (as per Transfermarkt), as should Leicester City and manager Claude Puel, as it would enable the Frenchman to unleash Ricardo Pereira in a much more advanced and thus more effective role.
Ultimately, 25-year-old Pereira made the move to the King Power Stadium during the summer as Puel sought an upgrade on fellow right back Danny Simpson, and there is little doubting that the Portugal international has proven something of a revelation so far with 16 Premier League appearances for the Foxes, netting two goals and laying on three assists in the process.
And with huge attacking endeavour and an overall willingness to get forward wherever possible, the former Porto man looks set to be a huge asset to Puel going forward in 2019, although there must be some concerns about his defensive responsibilities such is his eagerness to help out in attack.
Yet Puel has somewhat solved that particular problem by playing Pereira slightly further forward in recent times, with the 25-year-old lining up down the left-hand-side of midfield in their 1-0 win over Everton on New Year’s Day, in which he laid on the assist for Jamie Vardy in an all round magnificent display.
And with a handful of other appearances in a more advanced midfield role this term, Leicester could seriously reap the rewards from playing the dynamic Portuguese ace further forward, but only if there is an accomplished option to fill in at right back.
Simpson was excellent against Everton on Tuesday but at 31 his best football may well be behind, whereas Liverpool’s Clyne has proven in the last few weeks that he retains genuine ability at right back, and as such would provide the solid option Puel needs to unleash Pereira further forward.
England international Clyne was a regular at Liverpool until a back problem ruled him out of the majority of the 2017/18 season, in which time the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez usurped the 27-year-old in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.
Yet a return to the side in their 3-1 win over Manchester United last month, in which he played a starring role down the right-hand-side, underlines just what a supremely talented and ultimately dependable defender Clyne is at Premier League level – one doesn’t play 171 times in the top-flight if they are not an accomplished talent.
As such, he’d be the ideal addition to Puel’s Leicester squad in this month’s transfer window, not only in a bid to add more competition to the right back department, but also to allow the Frenchman to play Pereira slightly further forward – the in-form Portugal international could prove unstoppable in a more advanced role, much to the benefit of Puel’s Foxes.
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