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.