July 4, 2023 9:42 a.m.
In this 20-article series, we take a look at the Premier League season, focusing on each team individually. We take a look at transfer window activity, managerial changes and key points throughout the season.
Leicester’s transfer windows saw little activity which was very frustrating. After losing Schmeichel, their first-choice goalkeeper, and Fofana, one of their best defenders, to Chelsea, the team needed to invest.
However, that didn’t quite happen. The defense improved with the additions of Wout Faes from Stade Reims, Harry Souttar from Stoke and Kirstiensen from FC Copenhagen. Tete arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk to add some quality as well.
However, Leicester did not replace Schmeichel, bringing in Alex Smithies from Cardiff to cover for Danny Ward who would start at net for them. Danny Ward is not Premier League standard, and many Leicester fans were crying out for a world-class goalkeeper, but one did not join. A very disappointing transfer window.
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Brendan Rodgers can be considered lucky to see how much time the board gave him before deciding to divest. He managed 28 of the 38 games of the season, winning only 7 games and drawing 3.
Their last game was a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, which left The Foxes perilously close to relegation. After some of the backroom staff took over the interim role, the board decided that Dean Smith would be the man to lead Leicester to Premier League safety.
In his 8 games, he had 2 wins and 3 draws. His first game in charge was a very difficult tie against Man City, which he inevitably lost, but his home win against Wolves raised the fans’ hopes of survival.
Dean Smith and Leicester left it too late and despite picking up a draw and a win in their last 2 games they were relegated.
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International breaks often come at the worst time for struggling teams. They eventually end up getting a win and then have to wait 2 weeks until their next league game while half their team travel to play international matches.
The World Cup break did Leicester no favors this year. In the 8 games before the break, Leicester had won 5 and drawn 1, losing to Bournemouth and Man City.
Expectations were high when they returned from half-time with a home game against Newcastle, hoping they could continue their fine form that was taking them further from the relegation zone.
It wasn’t meant to be, however, as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Newcastle in their first game back, and then traveled to Liverpool and despite taking the lead, lost the game by 2 goals. at Wout Faes own gate. .
They then lost the next 2 games after that, putting them in further jeopardy. If they had gone back and acted immediately after the international break, they may have stayed up. Instead, they came back and looked like a completely different team.
Leicester began their Carabao Cup journey with an away game against non-league Stockport. Despite Leicester dominating the game, they couldn’t find their back next as the home side surprisingly took them all the way to penalties.
Leicester eventually went through, as Stockport failed to convert most of the penalties, a Leicester progressing 3–1 on penalties.
After struggling against a non-league side, Leicester faced League Two side Newport County in the third round. They made light work of their lower league opposition this time around as they won comfortably 3-0 thanks to goals from Justin and 2 from Jamie Vardy.
Leicester’s opponents in the fourth round were League One side MK Dons. Leicester traveled to make light work of their opponents again, winning 3–0 for the second successive round. Goals from Tielemans, Pérez and Vardy put them on the road to the quarterfinals.
They eventually faced a Premier League team as they were drawn against Newcastle United. Dan Burn and Joelinton scored second half goals as Newcastle knocked Leicester out of the competition.
Leicester’s opponents in the FA Cup were even easier than those they faced in their Carabao Cup career. In the third round, they were drawn against Gillingham of League Two. A close affair was settled when cup specialist Iheanacho scored 9 minutes after half time, sending Leicester away after a 1–0 win.
Another away game against League Two opposition awaited Leicester, this time in the form of Walsall. The game was almost a repeat of their previous round, as Iheanacho settled a tight affair, this time after 68 minutes, sending The Foxed into round five.
Leicester eventually pulled away from the League Two opposition, as they were eventually drawn in a home game, against Blackburn Rovers. Goals in both halves from Dolan and Szmodics gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Iheanacho scored to reduce the deficit.
Leicester pressed but were unable to make their chances count as they were knocked out in the fifth round by lower league opposition.
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What a bad, bad season for Leicester. To think that a few years ago this team won the Premier League, and now they will play their football in The Championship. A great shame.
His biggest downfall was his activity in the transfer window. They did not strengthen where they had to. They lost their best goalkeeper in their recent history and replaced him with a Championship standard goalkeeper.
They had an aging striker in Jamie Vardy who they never really had a replacement for, so the goals started to dry up for them. The board could have easily prevented this from happening, but they kept missing their key targets.
Should they have given Brendan Rodgers the time he had? The results began to turn when Dean Smith came on and if he had had another month in charge, he could have kept The Foxes.
The board was too loyal to Rodgers. They should have pulled the trigger long before. Dean Smith will have a brilliant opportunity next season to win Leicester back. It will be a big rebuild, but they have already signed some capable players, who can help them rise again.
His cup runs were woeful. Even making it to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, they only faced minor league teams, and then lost at first sight to a Premier League team. They were even knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league team. An embarrassing season for The Foxes.