Where Caleb Okoli fits into Leicester City line-up with Steve Cooper set to hand key role to new signing

Where Caleb Okoli fits into Leicester City line-up with Steve Cooper set to hand key role to new signing

There are still six weeks to go until the start of the Premier League season, but Leicester City’s starting XI is starting to take shape.

Three signings have been made so far, and the latest recruit, Caleb Okoli, is perhaps the most significant yet. While there is still plenty of time for new arrivals, and plenty of pre-season friendlies for Steve Cooper to assess his squad, it looks like the Italian defender will be a regular starter.

With Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Michael Golding signed, and Abdul Fatawu on the way, we take a look at how Cooper’s City could shape up for opening weekend as things stand. Are there any areas of the team that need strengthening? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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Back three

Cooper got Nottingham Forest promoted by playing with a back three and it was a system he used frequently in the Premier League too. With the strength in depth that City have at the back, it could be the route Cooper takes at the King Power Stadium too.

In goal will be Mads Hermansen, who is perhaps the easiest choice in the starting lineup after his excellent debut campaign with the club. Ahead of him, there are choices.

Okoli’s signing is significant as it points to Cooper opting for a back three. Although the Italian is right-footed, he played on the left of a back three on loan at Frosinone a few times last season, and that is the only slot City would need to fill in such a formation.

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