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Soccer is a fun old game. If your club announces the signing of a young South American defender you’ve never heard of, chances are you’re not ready to hang out.
However, once you hear that the young man has cost a princely fee and a teenager has told you on Twitter that he is the best defender to come out of Brazil from Cafu, you are suddenly dreaming of a title charge, despite never having seen it. play.
Perspective is rarely offered on our beautiful game these days, and there’s a lot to be said for a solid, dependable central defender who has a winning mentality and knows the league, and for that reason, Leicester fans should be delighted with the news of your club shared through your official website that Jonny Evans has extended his stay at the club until 2023.
Since Brendan Rodgers arrived at the King Power Stadium in February 2019, the former Liverpool boss, along with the club’s excellent scouting department, has done wonders to turn Leicester into a team that can compete at the top end of the Premier League. .
Big money signings like Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana and Timothy Castagne have been signed to bolster an already stellar squad of players, while talented youngsters like James Justin have shown they can already combine it in England’s top league, and it will only get better and better. .
In truth, Rodgers hasn’t done much wrong in the transfer market since arriving in Leicester, although the only area the club has struggled with is central.
Towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, Caglar Soyuncu’s firing at Bournemouth undoubtedly affected the club’s bid for Champions League football, with 36-year-old Wes Morgan and Wolves loan officer Ryan Bennett , recruited to fill the gap, a task they were clearly not up to.
The current campaign has not been much better for Soyuncu, who has been ruled out for more than two months due to a kidnapper’s tear, while the aforementioned Fofana is now also marginalized by a blow to the knee.
With Daniel Amartey even drafted as a central defender, the truth is that Leicester’s bottom line is a bit messy as it is. And yet, through all this confusion and uncertainty, a man has been there to stabilize the ship.
Evans is one of the most underrated center-backs in recent Premier League history, and has on occasion been courted by some of the league’s so-called ‘big six’.
He started every league game for the Foxes last season, completing the full 90 minutes in all but two as they achieved their best result in the Premier League, aside from when they were crowned champions in 2015/16.
The 32-year-old has adapted perfectly to whoever has asked him to play this season, be it his regular center-back partner in Soyuncu, a rookie like Fofana or a player who is often deployed in midfield like Amartey.
While extending the contract of a player who will turn 35 when the deal expires may not seem like a particularly exciting prospect, Rodgers has no illusions as to what a great player Evans is for Leicester, previously describing the Northern Irishman as’ the deal of the century. ‘when he signed for the club in 2018.
Yes, it’s exciting when your club starts bringing in fresh new talent, a feeling Leicester fans will be very familiar with, but every football team needs balance, and in Evans, the Foxes have a top-notch defender who has proven time and time again that you can still cut it at the top level.
Evans is an important part of the Leicester project and Rodgers may already be delighted with the business he has done.