Move Over Mahrez! Meet The Ligue 1 Star Who Would Be Jamie Vardy's Perfect Partner At Leicester


Back in 2012, Wissam Ben Yedder was an unknown 21-year-old. He had made nine appearances for Toulouse, all of which came from the bench and he managed just one goal, his first for the club in the 2-1 defeat away at Evian Thonon Gaillard.

Four years later, the Franco-Tunisian forward has scored 62 times for Le Téfécé, showed superb consistency for someone playing for a team in the bottom half of the table, and is now looking for a new challenge.

He even tweeted after the final day of the season that he'd played his last game for the club.

The 25-year-old has one-year left on his contract with TFC, but after they survived relegation on the final day of the season, it is time for him to move on and he could be the perfect signing to revive Leicester City's summer and provide them with the perfect foil for Jamie Vardy.

Just like the England international, Ben Yedder is a late bloomer, going from a career in futsal to becoming one of the deadliest finishers in Ligue 1.

Speaking with French radio station RMC, his current boss Pascal Dupraz expressed his shock that bigger clubs have not pounced on the opportunity to sign the striker.

“I am astonished that French clubs, including the largest, are not interested in him. In France, it is rare for a player to be able to do what he does in the area.”

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The former Evian boss has a point. Quick along the ground, Ben Yedder has a low centre of gravity, giving him the ability to twist and turn around unsuspecting defenders. He can play down the wings, drifting wide, cutting inside and finishing with his deadly right-foot, but he can play with his back to goal and use his upper-body strength to spin beyond defenders that get too close.

Last season, as Toulouse finished 17th, Ben Yedder still managed to score 17 goals in 35 games. After failing to secure a move last summer, he even survived a huge dip in form. After 14 weeks he had only found the net once in the league. In his last 11 games, the forward scored nine times, added two assists and was a huge part in the club avoiding the drop to Ligue 2.

Previously, Ben Yedder had been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, but it would be tough to place the diminutive forward in a team that plays with one up top. His best performances for Toulouse came due to his partnership with Martin Braithwaite. The Danish striker has pace, runs in behind and looks to hit on the break. Sound familiar?

As Claudio Ranieri looks to add to his squad for the Champions League, Ben Yedder would be the ideal signing. He could play beside Vardy as an alternative to Shinji Okazaki and even play off the larger Leonardo Ulloa. With new signing Ahmed Musa declaring himself similar to Vardy, Ben Yedder would also compliment the Nigerian in the same way.

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To maintain your place as a top club, you need four great strikers, and the addition of WBY would be a smart move. Toulouse are only looking for €10 million (£8.3m) this summer, which for Premier League teams is a drop in the ocean these days. Ben Yedder is there for the taking. He was supposed to sign for Sevilla in Spain, but new boss Jorge Sampaoli apparently wasn't keen and decided not to finalise the deal.

In terms of ability, he could add an option that Leicester don't currently have and whether or not Riyad Mahrez moves on or not, his level of intelligence could be ideal for Ranieri's attack.

"Sometimes in the game, I stopped for a few seconds to analyse the situation, see where the flaws are and find a solution," he told press after scoring a hat-trick against Stade de Reims. "I always try to not be too far from the goal and available for my partners."

So many potential moves have broken down and although there was disappointment from the player's side, he always picked himself up and got back to work. Never sulking, never throwing his toys out the pram. He was obviously annoyed, but did his talking on the pitch.

He has the ability, he has the attitude, he just needs the right move. Leicester could be the perfect next step and Ranieri, Vardy and Ben Yedder could be the perfect combination.

 

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