Leicester City were confirmed as the Premier League champions three years ago, but just what became of the Foxes‘ heroes?
Claudio Ranieri was an unpopular choice to replace Nigel Pearson, who had narrowly guided the team away from relegation in the 2014/15 season, yet the Italian was about to embark on his greatest journey.
Boosted by the performances of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, two world class players in the team, Ranieri steered the Midlands club to the title, despite being infamously 5000-1 outsiders.
With the club now having secured their status as a mid-to-upper table club in England’s top flight, it’s worth taking a look at where the heroes of 2015/16 are now.
The Italian coach saw things unravel quickly for him in England after winning the championship and was dismissed in February 2017. He took a job with Nantes before returning to England to coach Fulham. He is currently in temporary charge of Roma.
The Danish goalkeeper is still the first choice at the King Power Stadium, and has gone onto the heights of shining at the 2018 World Cup.
Whilst still under contract with Leicester City, the former Manchester United right back finds minutes increasingly hard to come by, and at 32 he is likely to be released in June.
Jamaica’s captain is still a first-team regular under Brendan Rodgers and has recently extended his contract with the Foxes until June 2020.
A two-time Premier League winner, Huth left the club in 2018 when he confirmed his retirement from the sport age 34.
Ranieri relied on the Austrian left back more than any other player in the title winning season. Fuchs is still with Leicester, but he has hardly played this season due to the emergence of Ben Chilwell. With his contract expiring in June, it’s likely the Austrian will leave this summer.
The heartbeat of the Leicester team has since left for Chelsea where he has won the Premier League and the World Cup with France. He is widely seen as the best defensive midfielder in the world at this point and his current market value is far beyond the 8 million Leicester spent on him.
Chelsea reunited the former Manchester United academy prospect with Kante when they signed him in the summer of 2017, however he has been completely frozen out since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Injuries have plagued the 29-year-old this season, but he continues to be well received by supporters.
Many were surprised to see the Algerian remain at the club after winning the title, yet he eventually signed for Manchester City in the summer of 2018 after a transfer request fiasco the previous January. Pep Guardiola hasn’t relied on him too much, but his 68-million-euro transfer fee was a nice boost for Leicester.
The 33-year-old is a regular feature on Leicester City’s bench still, but he has failed to score in the league this term. With his contract also up in June, it’s difficult to see his future at the King Power Stadium.
Under Ranieri, the Argentine was a regular feature and he contributed some hugely important goals. He returned to Brighton and Hove Albion in January of 2018, but failed to make a mark there. He currently represents Pachuca in Mexican football.
Whilst a move to Arsenal was close in the summer of 2016, Vardy is still Leicester’s first choice forward and leading goal scorer. His form allowed him to make his international debut and be part of the 2018 World Cup squad, and his contract running until 2020 suggests he’ll continue to be a key player for a while yet.
Source : marca.com