Leicester City: ‘I think Brendan Rodgers is under a little bit of pressure.’

"It showed against Palace that when we had Nacho and Vardy up-front that it works," Jamie from Leicester Fan TV believes their manager needs to change the way the team is playing.

Matthew Crist

Just five months ago, Brendan Rodgers celebrated on the Wembley pitch having led his side to its first-ever FA Cup final win in the club’s history.

But just a few months later and, following a run of one win in their last six games, Rodgers finds his position under scrutiny.

In fairness to the Foxes boss, a number of his best players have found themselves on the treatment table more than the pitch for much of the season.

While those who he was able to rely upon for much of the last campaign have found themselves desperately out of form for much of this.

Yet, on the back of yet another disappointing result in the Premier League, some Leicester fans are already started questioning Rodgers’ tactics.

“After seven games Leicester are not in the place that the expectations of the last few years have brought,” Jamie from Leicester Fan TV tells FansBet.

“It’s not good enough if we want to push for those European places come the end of the season.

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“We have to get our finger out and start picking up wins, it’s really disappointing and a bit of a shocking start.”

The Northern Irishman was already reeling from some poor results in previous fixtures, and their most recent collapse sees them with just two wins in nine across all competitions this season.

Leicester appeared to be cruising at 2-0 against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their most recent Premier League fixture, only for goals from Michael Olise and Jeffrey Schlupp to deny them of what looked like a certain three points.

The draw continues the Foxes tough start to the season, both domestically and in Europe.

Leicester haven’t won a league game since August, and have had some worrying performances along the way, including a 4-1 drubbing by West Ham, and another collapse from 2-0 up against Napoli in the Europa League.

“We’ve conceded far too many goals,” explains Jamie.

“There are only three other teams below us who have conceded more goals.

“It’s been so uncharacteristic, our team over the last few years has been based on defence and possession and keeping the ball.

“We’re conceding so many silly goals with silly mistakes, I just don’t understand why we’ve gone from up there to down here in such a short period of time.

The summer transfer window was Leicester City’s biggest ever for net spend.

And while the club may not have splashed the cash as much as in other years, they did not rake in a big fee for a star player as they have done recently.

So with a net spend of around £45m, there was a significant show of faith in Brendan Rodgers to push City on, though so far that, so far, has not happened as City have endured their worst start for four years.

To make matters worse, Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare, Ryan Bertrand, Jannik Vestergaard, and Ademola Lookman all arrived in the summer, but none have yet started in a Premier League or Europa League win.

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“We might have improved the squad depth but I don’t actually think we’ve improved the first eleven,” says Jamie.

“At the start of the season I thought we had a strong squad, but it doesn’t seem like the players that have come in have made the strong stronger.

“Personally I think Brendan Rodgers is under a little bit of pressure.”

“I’m not quite sure he’s going to be sacked just yet, even though we’ve won the FA Cup and the Community Shield. it’s the here and now that matters.

“Unless we win the FA Cup again, the League Cup or the Europa League I can’t see us getting a European place on league positions.

“I’m just not sure we’ve got a squad strong enough to go on a good run in the league so hopefully we can win a trophy and qualify for Europe, but I hope he proves me wrong because he’s a quality manager.”

There are some reasons to be positive for Leicester fans though, with strikers Vardy and Iheanacho continuing to find the net with relative ease.

The pair have managed 33 league goals between them in the 32 games they’ve started together, with Vardy scoring 17 and Iheanacho 16.

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Vardy is also closing in on another Premier League record, the most goals scored by a player whilst in their 30s.

“We need to change the tactics,” says Jamie.”

“We need to start playing two-up-top, it showed against Palace that when we had Nacho and Vardy up-front that it works.

“Those two score goals for fun and it shows. They had two chances and they scored, so we need to change the tactics.

“He needs to find a way and stop chasing the game with the same tactics.

“This possession-based football is not working for Leicester, we don’t have the players that can play that type of football.

“We need to start going back to the counter-attacking football that was so effective before but we don’t seem to have that creative spark in the midfield anymore.”

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