Leicester City Locked In Two-Way Transfer Battle For This Serie A Winger: Good Move For Rodgers?

Leicester City locked in a two-way transfer battle for Under who is in action in the photo
Cengiz Under of AS Roma kicks the ball during the Serie A match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on January 26, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

In a recent report, Calciomercato has revealed that Leicester City are locked in a two-way transfer battle for AS Roma winger Cengiz Under during this ongoing transfer window. The Foxes will have to fight it out with Hertha Berlin in pursuit of the Turkish playmaker this summer (via Calciomercato).

Under’s Injury-Ridden Season At Rome

The 23-year-old struggled to perform at a high level for Roma last season as his progress was hampered due to a severe muscle problem and later, a calf injury. Under registered three goals and three yellow cards in 23 matches for the Italian giants in the 2019-20 season across various competitions.

Even though the Balikesir-born talent struggled to show a clean bill of health, yet he deserves a pat on the back for averaging 1.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the previous Serie A campaign. However, the 21-time Turkish international was not too tidy when linking up play with his teammates in the opposition half after making 77.6% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Under has to figure out a way to stay injury-free if he wants to fulfil his true potential in the years to come. Leicester can offer him a fresh opportunity to showcase his worth in the Premier League. Still, there are some serious question marks over whether the Turkish wide player can adapt to the physical nature and high intensity of football in England.

Leicester City locked in a two-way transfer battle for Under who is seen in the picture
Cengiz Under with his teammates of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on August 25, 2019, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

What Will The Turkish International Bring To The King Power Stadium?

Under is proficient at losing his marker in the final third through his clever movement and intelligence in and around the opponent’s penalty area. He has even shown in the past that he can be a consistent goal-scorer and a prolific assist-maker from the wide areas. However, his productivity went downhill last season, which would be a concern for any of his potential suitors, including the East Midlands side.

Will Recruiting Under Be A Good Move For The Foxes This Summer?

The Turkish wing wizard has got the talent to be a success story at the highest level, so it makes sense for Brendan Rodgers to orchestrate a move to bring him to the King Power Stadium before the transfer deadline in October. He will enhance the quality of the Leicester first-team significantly and could help them compete for one of the European places in the Premier League this season.

Furthermore, Under will be a major upgrade to many of Rodgers’ current options in attack. He could potentially form a fruitful attacking partnership with the likes of James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes at the East Midlands club in the coming seasons. Therefore, signing Under will be a good move for the Foxes despite his poor injury history at the Italian capital thus far.

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