There was quite a bit to be discovered from final summer time’s switch saga which ultimately noticed Harry Maguire go from Leicester to Manchester United for £80million.
Firstly, the Foxes strike a tough cut price. They know the price of their gamers and so they’re not letting them go for something much less.
Secondly, Leicester don’t promote their most dear stars except they’re able to lose them.
Take the Maguire sale, as an example. The Foxes didn’t even hassle signing a alternative centre-back, as a result of they’d Caglar Soyuncu ready within the wings.
And with rumours persevering with to swirl relating to Chelsea’s aggressive pursuit of left-back Ben Chilwell, it appears Leicester could be getting ready themselves for an additional big-money exit.
talkSPORT understands the Foxes gained’t let the 23-year-old England worldwide go for any lower than £60million, however they gained’t want these funds to signal an acceptable alternative.
Luke Thomas, the 19-year-old England youth worldwide who made his debut in opposition to Sheffield United final week, seems to be able to step into Chilwell’s sneakers ought to he go away.
Despite the fact that Chilwell is at present injured, throwing Thomas in for Leicester’s greatest sport of the season was an enormous name from Brendan Rodgers, and never one thing the Foxes boss would’ve performed with out complete belief within the teenager.
And Thomas repaid that religion in fashion. Certainly, it was his very good go to Ayoze Perez which created the opening purpose in Leciester’s essential 2-Zero victory.
Furthermore, the Leicester Mercury described his efficiency as ‘frankly unbelievable’, given the dimensions of the event and the actual fact it was his senior debut.
His composure and bravado on the ball was fairly exceptional, given Thomas had solely ever performed at youth degree earlier than final evening.
He has solely performed for Leicester’s Beneath-23s six instances, though he does have eight appearances for England at youth degree throughout their Beneath-18s and Beneath-19s.
It seems Leicester have one other gem – and one which may imply that £60m turns into extra helpful to them than having Chilwell on the membership.
In different phrases, Thomas may properly be the rationale why Leicester ultimately determine to promote Chilwell to Chelsea.
Certainly, Rodgers has advised talkSPORT he expects the younger left-back to get a lot extra alternatives.
He stated on Friday: “I used to be thrilled for him final evening, I stated earlier than the sport that it’s thrilling for me as a coach.
“My job is to develop gamers, whether or not they’re youthful gamers or older gamers.
“It’s so nice when you recognize you’ve gotten a expertise – after which they go in and do what you hoped.
“It is going to be the beginning of a unbelievable profession for him. There’s nonetheless a lot work to do, although.
“It was an enormous problem for him final evening, enjoying in opposition to a very good staff, they’ve actually good high quality and physicality.
“To deal with that was a very nice begin. However there shall be bumps alongside the best way for him, that’s for positive.
“He’s very level-headed, he has a very good perspective on the place he’s at, and he’s bought actual high quality.
“There shall be many extra alternatives for him as a result of he’s a unbelievable expertise.”
Nevertheless, the Foxes boss refused to present any indication that Chilwell will go.
He added: “There’s no intention to promote Ben Chilwell, and there’s completely no cause for us to promote Ben Chilwell.
“So the message is that he’s not on the market, it’s so simple as that.”