According to a recent report from RNE (via The Leicester Mercury), Vicente Iborra could be set for a move away from Leicester City this month. The midfielder only made the move to the King Power Stadium back in 2017 after a four-year spell at Sevilla, but struggles for regular game time under manager Claude Puel this season has plunged his future at the club into huge doubt.
And reports suggest that the 30-year-old could be set for an imminent return to Spain with Villarreal in the January transfer window, and while some Leicester fans may be disappointed with his likely departure, they needn’t worry as the ideal replacement for the Spaniard is already at the club in the form of Hamza Choudhury.
Ultimately, regular football has been something of a struggle for Iborra in the last few weeks in failing to appear in any of Leicester’s last five Premier League matches, while his overall tally of just two league starts this time round suggests that he is some way down the midfield pecking order.
He hasn’t always been a guaranteed first team starter during his time at the King Power Stadium given he mustered just 19 league appearances last term under Puel, but to fail to appear at all in the Premier League during the festive period, where the games are coming thick and fast, is indicative of where he currently finds himself in Puel’s thinking.
And one reason for his struggles has been the brilliant form of fellow midfielder Choudhury, who has taken things by storm in recent weeks to suggest that not only is he the future of the Leicester midfield, but he’s also the present as well.
The 21-year-old has come up through the ranks at the Midlands outfit and only made his senior debut for the club back in 2017, with separate loan spells at Burton Albion between 2015 and 2017 needed to get his senior career going.
Yet the England Under-21 international has looked at home in the Foxes midfield in recent weeks with three Premier League starts in their last four matches, all of which games Puel’s men went on to win – in fact, the only match in which he didn’t feature during the festive period was against Cardiff City, which Leicester lost 1-0.
And after an excellent performance against Manchester City in their Carabao Cup quarter-final before Christmas, in which Choudhury proved his worth against some of the division’s finest players, it’s clear that the Foxes have unearthed a gem in that midfield area – one that looks the part for both the present and indeed the future.
Yes, there is no doubt that Iborra brings genuine quality to the Leicester midfield department, but he hasn’t always been able to produce the goods to question whether there would actually be that much improvement in weeks and months to come.
Whereas Choudhury’s meteoric rise in the last month or so suggests that he certainly has what it takes to deliver for the Foxes for years to come, which is why Leicester supporters needn’t worry too much about Iborra’s seemingly imminent departure this month.
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