Rodgers targets extra firepower to cope in Europe
Brendan Rodgers wants to add to his strikeforce this summer after admitting Leicester City will need to strengthen their squad if they qualify for the Champions League.
Jamie Vardy is a Premier League goal centurion after scoring twice against Crystal Palace and will lead the line tonight against Arsenal – the club he turned down in 2016.
The former England international is on course to win the Golden Boot and remains an integral part of Rodgers’ plans, but Leicester want to add at least one forward ahead of next season to cope with the extra demands if they finish in the top four.
Rodgers is also keen to sign another winger and will discuss the summer transfer strategy with the club’s board this month.
“There’s no doubt we need more options going forward. If we have European football next season it will increase the number of games and of course we’ll then need to improve the squad,” Rodgers said.
“I prefer to work with a tight squad and I don’t tend to have too many outside the group because some will feel they’re never close to playing. [But] our recruitment team are looking at targets and options for us to improve the squad.”
Leicester secured their first victory since the restart on Saturday by beating Crystal Palace 3-0 to stay third. Seventh-placed Arsenal are also targeting a European spot. “We’ve got five cup finals left and we’ll fight to the last whistle,” Rodgers said.
England internationals Ben Chilwell (foot) and James Maddison (hip) are doubtful for the game at the Emirates Stadium.