Why Leicester City Should Try Their Best To Keep Hold Of This European Star Amid Man City Links

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu has been a subject of interest from Manchester City, of late. And following his recent performances in the international duty, it won’t be a surprise to see Soyuncu moving to pastures new in the near future. His current contract at Leicester at 2023 but the Foxes should try to work out a deal in an attempt to prolong his stay at the King Power Stadium.

Soyuncu’s stuttering start at Leicester

Soyuncu initially joined Leicester last summer, in a €21 million move from SC Freiburg. He was one of Bundesliga’s most promising defender having enjoyed a bright spell under Christian Streich.

However, the 23-year-old endured a horrifying debut campaign in England. He was involved in only six Premier League matches and looked tentative whenever he was given the opportunity to impress. The Turkish international was mostly overlooked by Claude Puel and later, Brendan Rodgers, in favour of Jonny Evans. 

As a result, Soyuncu’s overall game-time was minimised to just over 500 minutes in all competitions. He even to play for the reserve side for a time, which is enough to highlight his struggles at Leicester.

Soyuncu’s resurgence this season

Soyuncu has been incredibly lucky this summer, to the say the least. The late departure of star defender Harry Maguire, in particular, created a massive void in the Leicester backline. The Foxes also failed to sign any real replacements, which was coupled with the ageing Wes Morgan.

As a result, Soyuncu has become the first-choice centre-back for the Foxes this campaign. He has already built a formidable defensive partnership with Jonny Evans that saw Leicester concede just seven goals in eight matches. The Turkish defender has been involved in all the eight games as well as impressing with Turkey in the ongoing international matches.

Why should Leicester keep hold of Soyuncu?

Leicester City are fresh from losing Maguire in the summer, albeit for a stupendous amount of money. As iterated earlier, they are yet to sign a replacement. And to that end, losing another key defender might not bode well for the team, especially when they are doing really well in the Premier League.

Indeed, Leicester’s excellent defensive record has got them fighting for the top four places in these early parts of the campaign. And that says a lot given the fact that they lack a reliable goalscorer aside from Jamie Vardy. Hence, the Foxes should try their best to keep hold of Soyuncu if they are to improve and continue their excellent performances in the Premier League.

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.