Nickname: The Foxes
Date Founded: 1884
Ground: The King Power Stadium (32k)
Manager: Nigel Pearson
Rivals: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Coventry City
Last season’s finish: 1st (Championship)
First five games:
Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Arsenal (H), Stoke (A), Man Utd (H)
Kasper Schmeichel – The Danish keeper will undoubtedly be more busy this season, but he has the quality to produce some wonderful saves to keep Leicester in matches and frustrate opposition strikers.
Danny Drinkwater – Voted last years Player of the Year by the fans, he has added goals to his game, and his understanding with fellow midfielder Matty James, who have known each other since their Man Utd youth days, makes a great partnership in the middle of the field.
Jamie Vardy – After a difficult start to his Leicester career when he made the huge leap from non-league Fleetwood in 2012, his clinical finishing and blistering pace was devastating last season where he put away an impressive 16 goals, proving his doubters wrong.
Marc Albrighton – 24 year old winger, signed for free from Aston Villa
Ben Hamer – 26 year old goalkeeper, signed for free from Charlton
Leonardo Ulloa – 28 year old striker, signed for £8 million from Brighton
Matthew Upson – 35 year old defender, signed for free from Brighton
Areas to improve:
I think that there is suitable quality and cover throughout the squad apart from in defence. Another right back is needed to add some depth to the position currently held by Ritchie De Laet (who looked a class above in the Championship) and a left back to add some quality in a position occupied by Paul Konchesky and Jeffrey Schlupp, both of which I’m not too sure about in the Premier League.
I consider that every newly promoted team has survival in their first season as the main target. As a Leicester fan I think that the team is capable of more than just that, and I’m hoping for some shock results against the big boys. There is a lot of positivity and optimism within the club at the moment, and I’m wishing that the tough fixture list at the start of the season doesn’t shake it too much. The nice looking end of season run-in should add an element of safety should this difficult start prove too much, and may be key to seeing the Foxes in the top flight next year.