Leicester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team book their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup earlier this week.
Claude Puel’s men entered the competition at the second round stage on Tuesday night and faced a tricky test against Joey Barton’s in-form Fleetwood Town, only for the Foxes to produce a fine display to sweep aside the League One club. Goals from Christian Fuchs, Vicente Iborra, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Rachid Ghezzal secured a routine 4-0 win for the Premier League club at the King Power Stadium, thus booking their place in round three.
As such, there have been many delighted Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are speculating upon the future of club captain Wes Morgan following the arrival of three centre backs during the transfer window.
And having started just two of their opening three Premier League games, the Foxes stalwart faces an uncertain future at the King Power Stadium.
Ultimately, the centre back has been an outstanding servant to the Midlands club since his move from Nottingham Forest back in 2012, not least in helping the Foxes win promotion from the Championship back in 2014, before helping the club win the most unlikely of Premier League titles two years later.
In fact, the 34-year-old has played 273 games for Leicester in the last six years to underline just how prominent and indeed important he has been to the club in recent times, but the summer transfer policy in landing three centre backs is sure to have somewhat concerned the club captain.
Puel’s men lured Jonny Evans away from West Brom in the early phase of the summer window before adding Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu in the last knockings of the market, both of whom were linked with high-profile moves such are their defensive capabilities and thus how highly-rated they are in the centre back role.
And at the age of 34, with his best football likely to be behind him, Morgan could struggle to maintain his position in the starting eleven ahead of the three summer signings, especially if Puel plays a back four, but it’s even likely if the Frenchman opts for a back three.
Clearly, Harry Maguire is the best centre back at the club and will almost always be first-choice, and such have been Evans’ efforts down the years at top-flight level, he’s another likely to command regular football – thus, Morgan’s future prospects don’t look particularly good.
Yes, he has started two of their opening three league matches, and played pretty well against Southampton last time out, but one wonders, as the season goes on, whether the 34-year-old will become a bit-part player the more Benkovic and Soyuncu adapt and grow into the English game.
As such, the summer acquisition of three centre backs somewhat leaves Morgan’s Leicester future uncertain heading into the 2018/19 season.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!