EPL: Will Leicester City finish in the top 4 in 2021-22 season?

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For the past few years, Leicester City has been performing well. They have been building their reputation and strength since winning the 2015/16 title and are now considered one of the top clubs in England. One of the best run clubs, with owners who have reddened their hearts and souls, the Leicester City Football Club model is a great example for other clubs.

Leicester City started as surprising title contenders last season, but injuries and dip in form meant they dropped down to challenging for the top four places. Their poor home record did not do them any favours and was a major reason as to why they missed out on UCL qualification. However, Brendan Rodgers and his men had a chance to out the league misery behind them and end the season on a high note with a win in the FA Cup final. The Foxes grabbed that opportunity and showed tremendous character to hold on for a win against a much superior Chelsea side and win the FA Cup for the first time ever.

Leicester have already been busy this summer, with Ryan Bertrand aggreging to join the Foxes from Southampton. In late June, the club completed a £23m move for Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg. They also paid £17m to Lille for midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who helped the French side win Ligue 1 last term. Leicester have also been kinked with Daniel James, Domenico Berardi and Odsonne Edouard, among others.

In the other direction, long-serving players Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Matthew James have all departed the club. After impressing last season, Youri Tielemans is a wanted man. However, Rodgers has no plans on selling the Belgium international, who scored the winning goal in last term’s FA Cup final.

Leicester City narrowly missed out on UCL qualification in the 19/20 season, and lady luck did not have their back in 20/21 season as well. Although there is not much pressure on Brendan Rodgers now, partly due to the FA Cup win and the fact that injuries almost derailed their season, missing out on third season in a row would be seen as a failure. The team have already suffered a blow with the injury of Wesley Fofana in a pre-season game, and they face a test to replace him before the transfer window ends as the defender is set for a lengthy time on the sidelines.

This is a team more than capable of challenging for the top four, maybe even the top three, but that’s if lady luck is on their side and if they manage to find a little bit of consistency towards the end of the season. That’s where the Foxes tend to get shot down and out of the Champions League race with them losing big to Bournemouth, in the 2019/20 season, and then Newcastle United, last term, which started the downfall. The Europa League presents them with a wonderful opportunity to play in the UCL next season as well. The Foxes fans will be hoping and expecting for a better showing in the latter end of the season, as Leicester City have trailed off at the end for two seasons in a row.

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