The Long Term Arsenal Target And 3 Shrewd Signings That Could Take Leicester City Into Europe


This could be a massive transfer window for Leicester City. The Premier League sweethearts find themselves on the same points as leaders Arsenal after the first half of an incredible top-flight campaign.

However, much of the transfer chat surrounding the Foxes has been about who will be heading out of the club. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are being linked with everyone from Real Madrid to Tottenham, while consistent performers such as Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante would improve almost every single team in the division.

Maybe It is actually time to consider who might actually want to head to the East Midlands. Leicester have an incredibly rich owner and it is not as if they need to sell the likes of Vardy and Mahrez. If they can convince those two to stay put and add to their ranks, then anything is possible.

Having said that, now is not the time to go big for Ranieri. It is a time to strengthen a sqaud that will undoubtedly tire in the last 19 games. Don't expect massive signings and grand gestures, after all shrewd deals and sensible moves have served them well so far. Here are three players that the Italian 'Tinkerman' should be considering in January.   

 

Ashley Williams

If Ranieri’s team are to make the top four then many believe it is defensively that they will have to strengthen. Wes Morgan has been superb at times this season, as has Robert Huth but the 25 goals they have conceded is the highest in the top 10 of the division.

A player who has struggled thanks to the downturn in form of his team has been Ashley Williams. The Welsh international is a hell of a player when on form and there is a reason he has been linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal ever since Swansea’s first campaign in the Premier League.

The Swans are destined for a relegation battle, and a shot at Europe, or even the title may be too good an opportunity for Williams to turn down. He is a leader and despite being 31 he would add steel to a rearguard that could start to tire in the second half of the season.

 

Papiss Cisse

Now, I know he hasn’t exactly torn up any trees for Newcastle of late but the Senegalese striker was once one of the hottest forwards in Europe. He lost his way at St James’ Park, mainly thanks to Alan Pardew’s decision to play the ball directly up to him on every occasion, but there is a goalscorer in there somewhere.

A change of scenery could do wonders for the one-time Freiburg man and this could prove a shrewd move for Claudio Ranieri. Would be a good option from the bench and the Foxes’ more dynamic build-up play would suit his style much more than the brand of football currently being adopted in the north-east.

It is clear Aleksandr Mitrovic is going to be the first choice number nine eventually, and Cisse would thrive if given a partner.

 

Leroy Fer

The Dutch international has been forced to endure the first half of the campaign in the Championship with QPR after he failed a medical ahead of a proposed move to Sunderland in the summer. One thing Is for sure, he will be a major target for clubs across Europe this January.

The 25-year-old is far too good a player to be plying his trade in the second tier and a move to a team chasing Europe would be too good a chance to turn his nose up at.

Fer is the kind of player who would prosper in a better team, as his displays for Holland have shown, and his athletic and powerful style of play would mould well with Leicester’s outlook on the game. Getting into the Foxes midfield is hard, just ask Gokhan Inler, but the Dutchman would add genuine quality.