Brendan Rodgers has suggested that a failure to get moves to bigger clubs has played a factor in the decline in performance of some of his players.
At a press conference on Thursday Rodgers was asked why he thought players who had previously been reliable performers for him in previous seasons were struggling to recapture that form this campaign, as Leicester have been sucked into a relegation battle.
Rodgers said there “have been challenges here that are invisible to people which you might not see unless you were working with them”.
“But it’s just about reinforcing the qualities of the players,” he added. “Some of them have been here a long time. Maybe some thought they would get moves to bigger clubs, but it hasn’t happened for whatever reason.
“My job is to work with the players and to maximize their talent. We’ve been able to do that for the majority of the time we’ve been here. It’s about consistency at this level. You need to be mentally ready and committed.”
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Rodgers has been wanting a refresh to help boost his struggling side and is close to adding his first new signing of the transfer window, FC Copenhagen’s 20-year-old left-back Victor Kristiansen.
Kristiansen is set to sign a deal that could potentially be worth £17 million.
While Rodgers wouldn’t confirm the deal, he did add that it would help the development of academy product Luke Thomas, who is currently one of only two of the club’s five full-backs who is fit, to “have another young player to compete with”.
“I’ll speak about players when they’re signed,” he said. “It’s clear we wanted certain players in certain positions to strengthen the squad. If and when they’re announced, I can speak freely on.
“Just strengthening the squad overall is important. Luke has been brilliant for us as a young player coming out of the academy, the number of games he has had to play.
“But I think over a course of a number of positions they need that support because you can’t play every single game. It is an area where we have been unfortunate to lose two full-backs on one side with Achilles heel problems. That has left us with only two full-backs.
“Hopefully, there will (be more). That is the plan.”
The arrival of Kristiansen will be another huge boost after the news that James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall should be back in the squad to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Top scorer Maddison has been out for two months with a knee injury, while Dewsbury-Hall had a glute issue.
“James Maddison is doing very well so we’re hoping he can be involved in the squad,” Rodgers says. “Dewsbury-Hall has been back training so he should be available.”
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