FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 BED IN A NEW SYS­TEM

It feels likely that Le­ices­ter will shift shape: Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans are both good ball-play­ing de­fend­ers, while there are now strong wing-back op­tions in Ri­cardo Pereira and one of Ben Chilwell or Chris­tian Fuchs. A 3-5-2 would pro­vide width and of­fer more con­trol in the mid­dle, suit­ing each of Wil­fred Ndidi, Adrien Silva and Mad­di­son – plus, no frus­trat­ing No.10 role for poacher Kelechi Iheana­cho.

2 EASE OUT THE OLD

Vet­eran skip­per Wes Mor­gan (34) fi­nally showed his age last sea­son and will prob­a­bly be phased out in 2018-19. Robert Huth has left on a free trans­fer, Simp­son will fall be­hind Pereira in the peck­ing or­der and Fuchs could pass on the ba­ton to Chilwell for good. Each mem­ber of that quar­tet is safely en­sconced in Foxes his­tory, but now it’s time to move on.

3 SORT OUT SET- PIECES

Le­ices­ter fin­ished 9th last term, but only four teams leaked more goals than their 60, and one of them (Stoke) were rel­e­gated. Set-pieces were a big prob­lem: Le­ices­ter con­ceded 16 from such sit­u­a­tions, a fig­ure only Wat­ford (17) and Brighton (21) could top. Evans ar­riv­ing from West Bromwich Albion will surely or­gan­ise the back line.

4 FIND COM­FORT AT HOME

The King Power Sta­dium was once a fortress but Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, Southamp­ton and Stoke all picked up a point there last sea­son, while West Ham, New­cas­tle and Crys­tal Palace took all three. It was clearly a missed op­por­tu­nity: those 19 squan­dered points would have been enough to lift the Foxes above Ever­ton, Burn­ley and Ar­se­nal into 6th place.

5 SHARE THE BUR­DEN

Vardy and Mahrez played piv­otal roles again in 2017-18. They scored 57 per cent of Le­ices­ter’s goals, and only Mo Salah had a bet­ter ‘ex­pected goals’ dif­fer­en­tial of all play­ers; be­tween them, the pair net­ted 10 more than they ‘should’ have done, based on chance qual­ity. Puel will want to see much more from Nige­ria for­ward Iheana­cho, in par­tic­u­lar, after only three league goals last time out.

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