Brendan Rodgers took over as Leicester manager last month to widespread optimism amongst Foxes fans, and for good reason.
The former Celtic boss was on course to record his third successive domestic treble with the Hoops prior to his departure, after guiding Liverpool to within inches of their first Premier League title in the 2013/14 season.
Rodgers has taken charge of what many see as the perfect squad for him, and the real question is how far can the Foxes go under their new boss.
Though he came close to winning the Premier League with Liverpool, and despite Leicester’s stunning title triumph, an immediate challenge for the league would appear unrealistic given the dominance of the top six clubs.
Leicester are almost seen as the ‘best of the rest’ outside of that top six, perhaps alongside Wolves this season, and given the quality at Rodgers’ disposal a challenge for a domestic cup or European football could be a more realistic target short term.
Long term, however, could Rodgers be the man to take Leicester to the next level?
We’ve analysed five reasons why he could.
Leicester's younger players
Rodgers has a track record of improving young players, having nurtured Raheem Sterling at Liverpool and Moussa Dembele at Celtic, for example.
Leicester have a number of promising young players in their squad, the likes of James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho, Demarai Gray, Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes to name a few. And if Rodgers can get the best out of them, and strengthen with the likes of Youri Tielemans, currently on loan at Leicester, there’s no reason why the Foxes wouldn’t be able to mount a push into the top six, possibly top four.
An attractive style of play
Rodgers has already shown his desire to play possession based, attacking football with an emphasis on winning the ball back high up the pitch; a style that seems to suit the players at his disposal.
He's worked with some of the best
Rodgers has worked with his fair share of world class players in his managerial career with the likes of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard all playing under him at Liverpool.
A key reason why Rodgers could be the man to take Leicester forwards is that has experience of managing in European competitions, in a squad with very little Champions or Europa League experience. Though his record is not particularly standout, his experience could be crucial should Leicester qualify for a European competition.
Track record of winning trophies
As mentioned before, Rodgers was on course to win all three domestic trophies available in Scotland for the third season in a row with Celtic. That track record can only be a positive for Leicester.