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From a Leicester City perspective, June was a really strange one

From a Leicester City perspective, June was a really strange one

Steve Cooper’s Blue and White Army

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is the new King Power boss. He’s signed a three-year deal that (theoretically, you know how these things go) will see him in charge until the 2026/27 season. Cooper has made a point of saying a lot of very right things and seems excited about the job.

Let’s be real here: we’re terrible at predicting who will or won’t be a great manager for the Foxes. By “we,” I mean “me.” I also mean “everyone here at Fosse Posse.” And I also mean “you.” Unless you’re exceptionally prescient, I doubt you saw Claudio Ranieri doing as well as he did. Perhaps, like me, you were excited by the appointment of Paulo Sousa.

Tell me this man doesn’t look like a top manager. Also tell me this picture doesn’t just scream “Put a fake quote on the left side.”
Photo by PA Images via Getty Images

It’s just me, but if a manager acts like he really wants the job and there’s some plausible reason to believe he can do it? I’m all for it. All the complicated stuff like “getting along with the board,” “being on the same page as the recruiting team,” “fitting with the current playing staff,” and so on is totally opaque to me.

So, long live Cooper. Let’s see what he’s got.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall follows Enzo Maresca (and N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater and Wesley Fofana) to Stamford Bridge

KDH was the consensus player of the year last year, and for good reason. His 26 goal involvements in the league led the club by some margin (“some” = six in this case). His departure didn’t fill any of us with joy, but it felt inevitable once the season ended.

He was Maresca’s favourite and had clearly done well in his system. Combine that with Leicester needing to raise a lot of money to balance the books before the end of the financial year (June 30), and City were short of options. Could we sell five lesser players to raise the same funds? Perhaps, but there was no way we could have done five deals in a month, especially as there were no obvious suitors.

It sucks. I’m not going to re-litigate all the decisions and events that have put the club in the financial situation it’s in. The fact is that the situation is bleak and the Premier League is highly motivated to make an example of Leicester. The Foxes’ No. 1 task is “Premier League survival” and anything that reduces the potential penalties would be a big step in that direction.

The upside, such as it is, is that £30m is a very good sum for a 25-year-old who has no history of top-flight success. Dewsbury-Hall was excellent last year, but it’s fair to ask how much of that was his personal improvement, how much was Maresca’s system and how much was the level of competition. In 2022/23, KDH registered 0.08 goals and 0.08 assists per 90 minutes in the Premier League. Last season in the Championship, those figures were 0.30 and 0.35 respectively. My feeling is that we got a good deal, even if it wasn’t in the best of circumstances.

Michael Golding follows Frank Sinclair (and, um… Dennis Wise) to the East Midlands

In a completely separate deal, but come on, who are they kidding, Chelsea youth player Michael Golding is set to move to Leicester City. The 18-year-old Kingston-born midfielder played for Chelsea U21s in the PL2 last season, making 11 appearances and registering 3 assists.

Based on the limited footage available, he looks very intelligent on the ball. It’s hard to get a sense of his pace or defensive ability, and the competition isn’t exactly top-notch, but he looks like he’s worth watching. He’s played for England’s under-16s, under-17s and under-18s, so I’m not alone in that assessment.

Lewis Brunt will be famous, but not for us

Lewis Brunt has signed for the meme team, joining Wrexham for their League One campaign. The centre-back/left-back/right-back/defensive midfielder made his Premier League debut for the Foxes in 2022 and was our Development Squad Player of the Year.

He had a successful loan spell with Mansfield in League Two last season, but the Stags’ offer to make the move permanent was rejected. He will now join Deadpool and Ronald MacDonald’s side and is likely to feature heavily on television for a League One player.

If only we had this kind of technology when we hired Adrien Silva…

Wilfred Ndidi – Schroedinger midfielder

It seems like it was only a week or so ago that it was reported that Wilfred Ndidi had rejected a contract extension and would be looking for work elsewhere. That’s because he was. And then just a few days later, we saw reports that he had changed his mind and would be extending his stay at the King Power.

What is the truth of the matter? Who knows? However, I would like to point out that our central midfield currently consists of Harry Winks and Hamza Choudhury. The return of Ndidi would give us… pull out the calculator… 50% more manpower in central midfield.

I’m not a biased observer. I love Wilf, so I’d love to see him with us. Last season he showed some new skills (the same caveats listed under KDH apply), suggesting he still has some potential for growth. I love his energy, I love his leadership, and with Maddison out, he’s the undisputed drip king of the East Midlands.

Everyone’s new favorite player (finally) becomes permanent

Abdul Fatawu is a Leicester City player. You can all exhale.

What is the next?

There are a lot of rumours floating around. Most of them involve central midfielders like Benfica’s Florentino Luis or defenders like Spurs’ Joe Rodon. They’re almost certainly untrue. We’ve also been linked with breaking the bank for… Tammy Abraham? That’s not going to happen either.

With the financial situation stabilised just a few days ago and the Euros in the knockout stages, don’t expect any immediate signings. Cooper will be keen to get his team settled as quickly as possible. But these things take time. Soon we’ll be flooding your feed with all sorts of unfounded rumours, speculation and just flights of fancy.