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Leicester City Nearing A Deal For This Serie A Star: Can He Solve Their Defensive Woes?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Leicester City have been absolutely terrible this term after the fairytale season they weaved last time around. Arguably, they kept striking the right chords much longer than expected, as they won the league title but they are timorously shaking this season.

Claudio Ranieri took so much of pride in his defensive line last season which was one of the primary reasons (well, the most important one to be honest) why they were crowned the champions England. Quite contrastingly, their backline has been the reason for their downfall now as they have already conceded 37 goals in 22 league outings, thus giving a testamentary disclosure of their shambolic fall from grace. Worryingly, they might just get into the relegation dogfight in the coming months if they do not add something substantial to solidify their defence.

With less than 24 hours left for the transfer window to shut down, the Foxes have identified Udinese defender Molla Wague on loan for the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old had been in the scheme of things of Mali’s Africa Cup of Nations side, which got eliminated at the group stage.

So far this campaign in the Italian Serie A, Wague has featured 6 times, winning 13 tackles with a notable success rate of 57%, made 14 interceptions, 28 clearances, 4 blocks and registered a healthy pass accuracy of 82% on an average, which is quite good for an overlooked defender. Will he come handy if a move to the King Power Stadium pans out?

Most likely, yes. The Mali international joined Udinese from Caen in 2014 but despite being given a lot of prominence in the earlier stages, he lost his footing eventually but is still seen as a formidable centre-back amongst the football fans. The duo of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth have been in very bad form and no wonder why Ranieri is looking to cultivate a sense of competition for the starting berths at the heart of their defence. If a deal is struck, it certainly won’t be a blockbuster signing material but then, it would not be a hopeless one either.

Statistics Credits: Squawka.

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