Monday, August 15, 2022

Leicester City Sign Polish Wonderkid: What Will He Offer The Holders?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Success always tastes sweet but once you achieve it, there is always a craving for more and more. Leicester City achieved the impossible last season but they are now in a place from where building on that success is probably the toughest task in the world. The days of celebration are now over with the new season starting in less than two weeks’ time. The whole world would be eagerly anticipating how the Foxes fare this upcoming season.

Claudio Ranieri has done quite a decent job in the transfer market adding five new players to the squad. Luis Hernández, Ron-Robert Zieler, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa made their moves quite some time back and Leicester City made their fifth major signing of the summer in the form of Bartosz Kapustka. With Kapustka, the Foxes have pulled off the signing of one of the hottest prospects in world football.

The 19-year-old had an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Poland and brings a lot of quality to the side. Kapustka is a graduate of the Cracovia Krakow academy and has made 65 senior appearances for the club since his breakthrough in the 2013-14 campaign; scoring eight goals in the process while setting up 12 for his teammates.

Even though the Polish youngster is just 19 years of age, he already boasts 11 international caps for Poland netting twice. Poland has been the breeding ground of some exceptional talents like Lewandowski, Milik, and Krychowiak in recent years and Kapustka is the latest player entering the fray with an immense promise.

A versatile player, Kapustka can be deployed on either flank or as a number ten just behind the striker. The Polish international has a brilliant ball control and technical ability. Being a full-fledged international at the tender age of 19 reflects how he is well ahead of his age in terms of maturity and composure.

A creative player like Kapustka will have a big influence on the Leicester City team. The Polish international has what it takes to contend with Marc Albrighton for a start on the left flank. He would also offer Ranieri the freedom to switch his tactics and opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation as he is well capable of plying his trade as a number ten.

The Pole certainly adds a feel-good factor in the team. He can be a long-term project at King Power. Ranieri worked his magic to bring the 19-year-old to the club and £7.5m could prove to be a bargain in the long run.

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