PL Reload - MD 28Mar 21
Leicester Fan’s Premier League Season Preview
The Foxes will be hoping their FA Cup win can be the launchpad for bigger things in 2021/22 as they target a place in the Champions League.
Ahead of a brand new season of Premier League football on BT Sport, we spoke to fans of each and every team about their expectations for what lies ahead over the next nine months.
Talking all things Leicester City, BTSport.com sat down with Chris Forryan, host of the Leicester Till I Die, to get his thoughts on a third season for the Foxes under Brendan Rodgers.
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Can we pick up from where we left off last season?
It’s still going to be difficult to break into the top four or big six, but I would like us to finish in the top seven. I'm hoping for consistency. We are well run and I just don’t want it to slip away now we’ve got to where we are.
I don’t expect us to win any more titles but I’d like us to maintain our position and maybe in the future we will become a regular fixture in the top four.
On the pitch, the person I’d love to see come good is Ayoze Perez.
Brendan Rodgers obviously sees something in him but he hasn't won the fans over yet and he really needs a good season to re-pay the manager's faith.
James Maddison's season was curtailed by injury at the end of last season but everyone's praying he can get his form back. He's a genuine game changer and we really don’t have anyone quite like him.
Jamie Vardy is the big conundrum, for me. He’s getting on a little bit but we know what he can offer. Last season we stumbled into this Vardy-Iheanacho pairing and Kelechi Iheanacho was banging them in for fun with Vardy becoming the provider.
I think this may be the last season where Vardy plays 90 minutes week in, week out in the Premier league.
I worry about losing our best players, because we've got a reputation as a selling club.
Maddison has signed a new four-year deal so we don’t have to sell him but if he expresses a desire to go then we might have to let him.
If we can keep this talented group together with Brendan as manager, then who knows what we could achieve.
The training ground even has a nine-hole golf course if Gareth Bale's interested!
Most important player
Kasper Schmeichel. He can't kick the ball for toffee but he makes some world-class saves when required and he's our leader.
I’m not always a fan of having your goalkeeper as captain but he gives so much back to the club.
You only need to look at how he dealt with the Christian Eriksen incident to know what kind of man he is.
Luke Thomas. Ryan Bertrand was a very un-Rodgers-like signing but I think he's been brought in to help Thomas grow and develop.
We let Ben Chilwell leave the club because we knew we had Thomas waiting in the wings and he's achieved so much in his short career.
He's got an FA Cup winner's medal, he’s played in Europe and he’s got the confidence to have a go at Vardy!
Another name to listen out for is Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
Was out on loan at Luton last season but he is an amazing prospect, very much in the mould of Harvey Barnes.
We'll be competing hard in four competitions this season so I'm hoping he can get some good game time and prove what an amazing midfielder he can be.
What I’ve missed the most
I live down on the south coast in Dorset so it’s a three and a half hour journey from where I am so it’s always a day out.
They were long journeys when we had the great escape season. It's a thrill you can never replicate by watching from home on TV.
I've missed the camaraderie most of all. You get the buzz of going to the game, seeing the same people week in, week out - they become like your family.
5th. I can see Tottenham and Arsenal struggling next season but Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool will all be strong again so it's hard to see us breaking into that top four.
After that top quartet we're still the best of the rest.