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Leicester City Star On The Radar Of Arsenal: Can Rodgers Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent retweet, journalist Ekrem Konur confirmed that Leicester City star Youri Tielemans is on the radar of Arsenal this summer. It is understood that the Foxes midfielder is a priority target for the Gunners ahead of the summer transfer window.

Tielemans’ Impressive Form In English Football This Season

Tielemans has experienced an up and down campaign at Leicester as he struggled to help Leicester find consistency in terms of getting results in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on seven occasions and grabbed five assists in 50 matches across various competitions.

The 49-time Belgium international has been a consistent performer at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield based on his average of 2.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after completing 83.5% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Leicester City’s Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans warms up ahead of the UEFA Conference League semi-final first leg football match between Leicester City and Roma at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, on April 28, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Can Leicester City Afford To Lose Tielemans This Summer?

Tielemans is a solid tackler of the ball and can spot the danger quickly to make some important interceptions at the centre of the park. He doesn’t take too many risks when clearing the danger at the back and can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range.

The Belgian sensation can set up a few promising chances in the opposition half and is a good dribbler with the ball at his feet. He is a tidy passer of the ball as well but needs to work on improving his consistency if he wants to taste success at the highest level.

Tielemans is currently one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers‘ teamsheet. Hence, the Foxes simply cannot afford to lose him unless they receive a fair offer for his services.

The Belgian’s current contract at the King Power Stadium is set to expire at the end of next season. Thus, Leicester have no choice but to entertain Arsenal’s interest as they can use the money generated from his sale to recruit a suitable replacement capable of filling Tielemans’ shoes at the East Midlands club.

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