Leicester City have had a pretty decent season after a patchy start under former manager Craig Shakespeare. Under Claude Puel, the team has adopted a more pragmatic approach as the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have picked up their form.
The side are a point behind Burnley in eighth place and could finish in the top seven places if they can manage a good run in the coming months. However, the summer will be a pretty nervy one for the fans as quite a few players could leave after having a good season.
We take a look at three players they might have to replace next summer…
#3 Harry Maguire
The centre-back has arguably been the best English defender this season. Having signed from Hull City in the summer, not many expected him to have an immediate impact. He has done the basics pretty well and has looked pretty composed on the ball which has resulted in Leicester doing well on the counter-attacks under Puel.
His offensive stats speak volumes of his ability to play the ball out of the back; the 24-year old has mustered 2 goals and 4 assists in the league this season and has played every game in the Premier League.
He has been linked with Manchester City who signed Aymeric Laporte in January. Considering Vincent Kompany is at the twilight of his career, Maguire could make the move to the Etihad, so Leicester need to earmark a replacement.
#2 Riyad Mahrez
Another player who has been linked with a move to Manchester City. Mahrez was supposed to move in January after handing in a transfer request but the move collapsed which left him fuming. He has since been dropped and reinstated in the starting XI, but we get the feeling he is likely to depart come summer as the saga has dragged on long enough already.
A pretty fleet-footed player, Mahrez needs to move to a team that has the provision for a right-winger. Manchester City have good depth but could yet make a move in the summer.
#1 Wilfried Ndidi
The Nigerian is having a stellar season and is being linked with a move with Liverpool. Leicester have lost quite a few midfielders of late as first Kanté and then Drinkwater departed the club. It’s hard to avoid it as the bigger clubs have the spending power, so it’s unlikely the cherry-picking will stop anytime soon.
Leicester do have Nampalys Mendy out on loan, so perhaps he can fill in the void if at all Ndidi departs.