Three games into the new season and Leicester City fans are already licking their wounds as pressure continues to mount on beleaguered boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Foxes have throw away points from a winning position twice in the league, while they failed to score versus League Two outfit Stockport County in the Carabao Cup second round in midweek.
In both of their home fixtures so far, Rodgers’ side have played slick and attractive football, dominating possession and controlling territory, before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Against Brentford on the opening day of the season, they appeared to be cruising to victory before surrendering a two-goal lead, despite being by far the better side for the majority of the game.
It was a similar story against Southampton too – a late Che Adams double turned the tide completely – and the boos that followed the full-time whistle were evident for all to hear, including boss Rodgers.
So where do the 2016 Premier League champions and 2021 FA Cup winners go from here? And what do supporters make of what they are seeing at the King Power Stadium?
“There have been no signings, and Kasper Schmeichel left just three days before the start of the season, so something isn’t right there.
“We played Brentford and, at 2-0 up, we thought it would be a confidence-boosting win for the first game of the season and it ended up two-all – it was a very lacklustre performance.
“We then went to Arsenal, where we didn’t expect much at a place where we hadn’t won since the 1970s and the performance wasn’t brilliant.
🤦 “We drew 0-0 with Stockport.”
⛔️ “We had 15 international players in that squad and we couldn’t score!”
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“As for the game against Southampton, that was a disastrous performance, as soon as we went 1-0 up, we didn’t know what to do – as soon as we scored, we sat back.
“We have a team full of experienced players and internationals and Brendan Rodgers says we look tired, don’t create much and look tired.
“But when we played Stockport in the EFL Cup, we had 15 internationals on the field and still couldn’t score!”
Rodgers is the subject of growing frustrations from supporters and only one arrival in the window so far – third-choice goalkeeper Alex Smithies – has made the Foxes’ fanbase grow more and more restless this summer.
And poor performances have only helped to fan the flames with one draw and two defeats from their opening three league outings – not surprising then that supporters are starting to worry.
“The blame starts, ends and begins with Brendan Rodgers,” explains Jamie.
“He has taken them as far as he can. Yes, we’ve had two top-five finishes and eighth last year.
“Yes, we’ve won the FA Cup, but last season was terrible. Yes, we’re only three games in, but over 38 games last season it was exactly the same.
“There’s no pride, no passion, no bravery, no leadership and the fans are beginning to turn.
“There was booing at the end of the Southampton and Brentford games – Leicester fans were even chanting that Rodgers would get sacked in the morning.
“So in my view, we need a change of manager.”
Over the weekend, Rodgers admitted he doesn’t know what will happen before the end of the transfer window as speculation intensifies about the future of some of his players – especially Wesley Fofana.
The defender appears to be orchestrating a move away from Leicester with Chelsea reportedly having a third bid of around £70 million rejected for the 21-year-old.
Fofana watched Saturday’s loss to Southampton from the stands and has since trained with the U23s after missing a training session last week.
“We need an impetus of new players to give us that boost and so far we haven’t had that,” explains Jamie.
“That brings me on to Wesley Fofana and my message to him is simple – ‘get out of our club.’
“Yes, you are 21. Yes, you are a good player, but your head has been turned and you did the same at St Etienne when you tried to force a move to Leicester.
“We might make a good profit on you, but sitting in the stands and not celebrating a goal when one of your teammates scores, the fans will turn on you.
“You’re now training with the under-23s, you’ve made a big mistake, you’ve thrown all the toys out of the pram – so in my mind – get gone.”
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