In our Loan Watch feature, the Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are doing whilst they are away from their home and provide a brief update regarding their progress.
This week we have a look at how some of Leicester’s loanees are getting on. The Foxes have a lot of established players all around Europe, so their performances for their respective clubs may be a good indication as to whether they made the right call in letting them go.
It’s no revelation to say that Islam Slimani’s transfer to Leicester has been a bit of a disaster.
Since the Algerian forward joined the club in 2016 for a reported £30m he has struggled to get regular football, only playing 35 league games for the club, coming on in 20 of those.
Monaco is now the third loan spell away from the club after relatively unsuccessful spells at Newcastle and Fenerbahce.
However, things have started positively for the 31-year-old scoring three goals in just two games for the French side.
While it’s only been two games, he has an average rating of 8.42 from WhoScored. What’s more, he has averaged a huge five shots per game, four aerial duels won and has won a man of the match award (WhoScored).
Leicester will be hoping this continues for Slimani, as it may increase the chances of getting a big fee for him at the end of the summer.
Similarly to Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, 30, has had a rough career at Leicester and has also been loaned out to Monaco.
Like Slimani, Silva has started two games for the club in the centre of midfield – both resulting in 2-2 draws with both Nimes and Strasbourg respectively.
WhoScored has given him a rating of 6.78 for his two matches, representing two okay performances to the Portuguese player.
He has been a decent passer so far, averaging an 86.7 per cent success rate for passing – the highest for a midfielder who has started two or more games. He has also made an impressive 2.5 tackles per match. More negatively, he hasn’t created much and is still yet to record a key pass (all per WhoScored).
Leicester title-winner Andy King is facing his first-ever spell away from England after joining Rangers on a season-long loan deal.
King has played for Leicester since he was a youth boy, and has only ever been contracted to the Foxes.
In Glasgow, King hasn’t made the greatest starts in all honesty. Keeping in mind his Premier League experience and recent spells in the Championship, King might’ve hoped that he would be a regular at Ibrox.
So far he has only played six minutes in the league, coming on versus St Mirren in their opener. Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis all look to have his number at the moment.
Both Silva and Slimani have both had decent starts in Monaco despite their club not playing particularly well, indicating that they might have an important part to play this season.
Alternatively, Andy King would have been hoping to be influential this year, yet August has told us that he might find it difficult to stake a claim in this Rangers side.
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