How Everton’s recruit has played a major role in Leicester’s capitulation

Premier League champions last term outing was some achievement. But, how much is that down to Claudio Ranieri? Seriously. Charming in interviews, yes; but savvy and tactical in matches? Not really.

The side won the Premier League through momentum carrying them over the line, magic from a few players, and the ‘big boys’ deciding to not turn up last season. The miserable performance away at Southampton left the defending champions still without a victory on the road, and condemned the Foxes to equalling the worst record by a team defending the title since Ipswich in the 1962/63 season.

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Leicester, as we all expected, have been found out. And what’s the manager done? Oh yeah, not a lot. Why? Because sadly Leicester fans, Claudio is not a very good manager. Previously dubbed the Tinkerman, now he’s the Out-his-depth-man. The Italian doesn’t know how to be in a relegation battle, his defenders are struggling for clean sheets, and everyone is remembering why Jamie Vardy’s party only started/ended in 2016.

Leicester had a poor summer recruitment, which was never in doubt following Steve Walsh moving to Everton, and Ranieri’s naivety was shown with twice breaking the Leicester record in signing Papy Mendy and then £16m on Ahmed Musa (before signing Islam Slimani); ay, what was that all about?

Poor management, and a couple of bells or champagne glasses, isn’t going to make up for that. Surely there should have been more thinking and strategy to losing three important players – Riyad Mahrez, Daniel Amartey and Slimani – to AFCON duty? It’s incredibly lazy and naive planning by the Foxes gaffer.

Losing Walsh to Everton has been far more costly to Leicester than they can imagine. Just look at the faces that Everton have managed to recruit recently: the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, and Ademola Lookman looks a decent signing, following *that* debut against Manchester City.

The Foxes manager is now at sixes and sevens. ‘Do I stick with a 4-4-2?’, ‘do we play on the counter, can we rely on Danny Uselesswater to pull the strings’; oh no we can’t, because he belongs in the Championship. Ranieri hasn’t changed any of this, he’s not adapted with the times; instead he’s sat on the merit of winning the league last season.

Just look at Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Andrés Iniesta had to tell the Spaniard to chill out, as Pep continually changed his side, his tactics, his formations, even after trouncing the league. That’s the sign of a brilliant manager; adaptation. Not relying on a system which created a smokescreen of success through momentum and confidence. Outrunning opponents will only work for so long, and Ranieri’s not realised that everyone is getting fitter and fitter in the league.

Could you picture Ranieri doing what Eddie Howe is doing at Bournemouth? Sean Dyche at Burnley, or even Mark Hughes at Stoke? Absolutely not. Just look at the Italian’s CV; too many failures, too many lows than highs. The Leicester season was outstanding, but the players deserve more credit than the manager who just acted like your lovely grandad probably would in regular Match of the Day interviews.

Thanks for the memories, Claudio; but you should of quit while you were ahead.

 

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