Since their famous 2015/16 Premier League title win, Leicester City have gone on to lose some key players.
The likes of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez obviously come to mind, but the Foxes can still take comfort in knowing they were able to keep some of their stars and did not have their entire team completely dismantled.
Kasper Schmeichel, for example, despite being linked with a move to Chelsea last summer (Sky Sports), is still at the King Power. And that is something Leicester supporters will be delighted with.
Signed from Leeds United for just £1.51m (Transfermarkt) back in 2011, Schmeichel has since become one of the leading goalkeepers in the Premier League outside the top six.
“Sven [Goran Eriksson] knows Kasper extremely well and regards him very highly so we are delighted. He is another player at a good age for our long-term objectives,” Leicester director Andrew Neville told the club’s official website (via BBC Sport) following the 32-year-old’s arrival.
Neville would not have imagined that on their way to reaching those long-term objectives, a Premier League title would follow with Schmeichel playing a huge part in that happening.
Between the sticks during that incredible 2015/16 campaign, the Denmark international was exceptional with his shot-stopping, reflexes and the commanding presence he brought to the back.
Alongside a defence that consisted of players such as Wes Morgan and Robert Huth and a midfield that contained the tireless Kante, Schmeichel helped offer security to a Leicester team who were absolutely ruthless on the counter-attack.
In a transfer market where you are looking at clubs having to spend over £60m for a goalkeeper, for less than £2m, Eriksson and Leicester got an absolute bargain in Schmeichel.
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