14th, 1st, 12th, 9th, 9th. That’s where Leicester City have finished ever since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2014.
After making the great escape in the 2014-15 season under Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri was appointed in the summer of 2015 with the task of guiding the club through a more comfortable season in 2015-16. What followed was one of the greatest stories in the history of football.
Winning the Premier League title was undoubtedly the finest moment in the club’s history and it showed the potential that Leicester City have to go on and become a top half Premier League side for many years to come.
The terrible helicopter crash that happened last year could have sent the club on a downward spiral. They had lost Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, one of the key orchestrators of Leicester City’s rise to the very top.
He became one of Leicester’s very own and was well respected around the city. The empire that Srivaddhanaprabha has built at the King Power Stadium is clear for all to see and the football club continue to reap the rewards of this.
I’ll say this very quietly: I think Brendan Rodgers might be one of the best appointments that Leicester City have ever made, regardless of Ranieri’s appointment back in 2015.
What Rodgers can bring to the club is an attractive style of play, a fresh injection of ideas and a wealth of managerial experience at sides like Liverpool and Celtic, whilst still being reasonably young at the age of 46.
The players that the Northern Irish manager has at his disposal gives the club the potential to go on and be in the top half of the Premier League for years to come. Kasper Schmeichel in goal with England international Ben Chillwell, the promising Caglar Soyuncu, former Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans and the attacking Ricardo Pereira forming the backline.
That’s a very strong back five that can give the Foxes a platform to push for a place in Europe.
Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison in central midfield also have the potential to go on to be even better than they already are. All three are only 22 years of age and are already part of a team which are currently third with 11 games gone in the Premier League so far in this campaign. There’s no reason why they can’t retain this position as the season goes on.
Jamie Vardy has also been a revelation for Leicester City after working his way up from non-league. The one thing that the club now needs to do is continue to build their squad, ensuring that they have the depth needed to be able to compete at the very top of English football.
Arsenal are in decline, Chelsea are in the process of rebuilding under Frank Lampard, Manchester United have taken a fall from grace and Tottenham simply aren’t performing to their capabilities this season.
Although Wolves continue to strengthen, with Manchester City and Liverpool being the best two teams in England at this present moment, Leicester have a great chance to get themselves into a European competition at the end of this season.