We’ve certainly travelled this summer. Gracing the gorgeous pitch of Hong Kong’s stadium, to Burton’s, Pirelli Stadium, the personification of a traditional English football league ground- the players have seen it all.
We’ve had mixed results. Like any pre-season campaign, experimenting, chopping and changing and tactical variation is essential.
Returning to the mighty King Power, our trusted talisman, Mr. Vardy did what he does best by netting a deadly double against Borussia Mönchengladbach. An assured victory which will prepare us for the rapidly approaching season superbly.
We were beaten in Asia, by a well-drilled, high pressing and generally clinical Liverpool side. An early indicator of how challenging matches will be this season- tremendously physically demanding, with little room for error.
Failure to prize away wins against lower-league sides such as Luton and Wolves, cannot be taken too seriously.
Shakespeare has continuously attempted to alter his squad selections this summer, promoting and implementing highly- rated youth prospects such as Tarnell Johnson, to the first team set-up, in his quest to find suitable squad depth for the extensive season ahead.
Demari Grey and Ben Chilwell, are players who have persistently pushed for long-term spells in the starting eleven, having impressed immensely when given the opportunity. By far the most important season of their careers, their role will be enormous.
There is a distinct smell of optimism in the air, it’s not just the pukka pies.
Whilst retaining integral players, the club have proceeded to add seasoned professionals in positions that required greater quality.
Harry Maguire has swapped the Tigers crest for the flying Foxes, he’s recently been tipped to enter the realms of the Three Lions. It’s surely a long-term move as replacement for Wes Morgan, who is reaching the twilight of his playing career.
A remarkable bit of business in today’s hyper-inflated market, £25m has brought in a gifted talent. With the potential to be a predatory phenomenon, complete with ice-cool finishing and a deft dribbling ability, Kelchi Iheanacho could be the go to guy for goals.
Boasting the best minute to goal ratio of any striker in the Premier League, despite having his opportunities limited at Manchester City, the 20-year-old, has the perfect opportunity to shine here at Leicester.
I can see him bagging fifteen this year.
The acquisition of the three-time Europa League winner, Vicente Iborra, implements a wealth of experience into this squad, having played over 173 competitive matches for Seville.
Shakespeare can now effectively rotate between his central midfield starlets, Wilfred Ndidi and Danny Drinkwater, since Iborra’s arrival- we could even see a dynamic three dominate the midfield.
Where will we finish?
We’ve remained a phenomenally tight-knit unit. Crucial to any success. Regardless of the Riyad Mahrez embargo, we have held on to our unparalleled team spirit, which rivals can only dream of having.
I’d say eighth place this season, not a top-of-the-bus, cup flaunting, with the sound of a Kasabian soundtrack blaring, but a realistic target.