The proposed exit of Leicester City defender, Lee Peltier, has exposed just how flawed the Foxes’ transfer policy was last season.
The previous summer, Leicester spent over £10m on nine new players, in a bid to reclaim a place in the Premier League. Their plan backfired spectacularly, with boss, Sven Goran Erickson, sacked by October, leaving a squad unfamiliar with each other to battle on their own.
The Foxes finished ninth in the Championship last season, far off the pace for promotion, and in defiance of the early football tips on Betfair. Their big-name signings failed to live up to the cash spent on them, with Jermaine Beckford a harsh £4m example.
Of all the signings to come in, Peltier was, in fact, one of the success stories. With 47 appearances, the midfielder was slowly further developing his trade at the King Power Stadium. But with speculation that bids from former club, Huddersfield Town, and Leeds United are on the table, suddenly Leicester’s transfer policy is under even greater scrutiny.
Why is a player, who joined just last season, being allowed to leave when Leicester spent so much on him in the first place? Last year’s nine new signings have had additions this summer, with Zak Whitbread and Marko Futacs being just two of five newcomers in a month.
Peltier has had no chance to grow into the team, instead, being relegated to a bit-part player. Now, it seems his short time at the Walkers is already up, suggesting Leicester’s current transfer policy is far from sustainable.
For, if the Foxes can allow players to leave after just one season, they are on a dangerous financial slope. Squad cohesion has already proven to be a difficult achievement for the side, and further transfers can only be to the detriment of a club looking to claw its way out of the Championship.
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