Ben Chilwell Departure Does Not Spoil Encouraging Week for Leicester

Since Leicester surrendered their place in the Champions League on the final day of the season, an eerie silence has descended over the club.

Aside from a few essential pieces of pre-season housekeeping - kit launches, friendly updates etc - there has been very little to report.

Coming off the back of one of the best ever seasons in the club's history, Foxes fans were expecting the club to solidify their position among the Premier League big boys with a summer recruitment drive. Despite these hopes, no business seemed anywhere close to being completed - until this week that is.

Over the past several days, the Foxes have suddenly sprung into life, announcing a string of contract renewals and of course, one high profile departure.

Things kicked off in pretty mediocre fashion when Nampalys Mendy agreed a two-year deal. The announcement signalled the end of a bizarre COVID-19 enforced saga. Initially the Frenchman was informed to look for a new club, only for the financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic to force the Foxes to reconsider their options.

It seems the club shrugged their shoulders and thought "can anyone really be asked to go an recruit another backup centre-midfielder?"

While this is obviously not the most romantic piece of transfer business, it is a smart one. There's nothing wrong with Mendy. He plays the role of Wilfred Ndidi's understudy well, and perhaps even better than Hamza Choudhury - who is more effectively deployed in a more advanced role where his occasional lack of defensive discipline is not exposed.

They've done this again with Chilwell shifting a left-back with considerable shortcomings for a very impressive fee. As long as an adequate replacement can be found - which seems likely given they have been linked with Alex Telles, Nicolas Tagliafico and most impressively, Robin Gosens - things should be rosy next season.

This is why Leicester should not let the Englishman's departure sully what has been an encouraging week.

Source : 90min