Leicester City find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League table after five defeats from six games. The former sensational champions are threatened with relegation to the Championship.
Five defeats in a row!
Leicester City are currently only a shadow of their former selves. After the 5:2 defeat against Brighton, the former sensational champions are at the bottom of the Premier League with only one point from six games. Sky pundit Roy Keene had clear words afterwards:
“Leicester showed an undignified performance in the second half. They gave up the fight. No commitment. No greed. Brendan Rodgers is in trouble with that second half performance.” Yet the Foxes are actually a team that has exemplified these virtues for years.
Memories of a football fairytale
The last time the club from the East Midlands was ranked 20th in the English top flight was a while ago. They haven’t held the red lantern since matchday 32 of the 14/15 season. In the first season after re-promotion, things looked bleak for a long time until a final spurt prevented the threat of relegation. The foundation stone for a football fairy tale of the modern era.
In the 15/16 season, the Foxes played their way into the hearts of the fans and sensationally won the championship as absolute underdogs. Since 1995, the only champions not to belong to the ranks of the money giants. The following year, Leicester also made a splash in the Champions League. The team of Ranieri’s successor Craig Shakespeare only failed in the quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid.
After a few seasons in the middle of the table, the focus turned upwards again. Brendan Rodgers stabilised the club and repeatedly set his sights on international competition. National titles like the FA Cup in 20/21 and the Super Cup in 21/22 were to follow.
But what is the reason that the steep rise from a long-standing second-division club to an ambitious Premier League club is currently tottering?
Transfers are a worry
In addition to the successful coach Claudio Ranieri, it was above all the sporting management that proved to be lucky in Leicester’s heyday. Transfers such as Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kanté or Riyad Mahrez offered high quality for little money. All in all, the championship squad cost only a fraction of today’s squad.
In the meantime, however, most of the heroes of that time are either no longer active or are now playing for the competition. Only Jamie Vardy remained loyal to the Foxes.
For many years, the departures of their own stars were compensated by suitable purchases. In the last transfer period, however, this was no longer the case.
Due to rising expenses, the club had to cut back. With only one addition, Leicester finally recorded the lowest expenditure in the league. A factor not to be underestimated in the competitively very demanding Premier League, in which the opposing teams continue to upgrade.
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Head coach Brendan Rodgers was already complaining about the loss of quality on Deadline Day. The Northern Irishman would have liked to sign more players. Instead, an identification figure in the person of Kasper Schmeichel, also part of the championship team, left the club. Top talent Wesley Fofana joined Chelsea FC. Wout Faes from Reims came as a replacement. Apparently too little.
It’s time to return to our own virtues and make the best of our opportunities. Otherwise, relegation to the second division is imminent.