The latest Leicester City news as the pundit has spoken of the difficulty of challenging at the top of the Premier League for clubs like City following relegation to the Championship
Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer has said that Leicester City should act as a warning to other clubs trying to break into the elite in future seasons, with the record goalscoring describing it as “very, very difficult”.
In their nine years back in the top division, City finished in the European places three times, including winning the title in 2016. They played in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, as well as winning the FA Cup and Community Shield.
But that journey came to an end on Sunday, despite a 2-1 win over West Ham, Everton’s victory over Bournemouth saw City’s relegation to the Championship confirmed. They will now look to write a new chapter by attempting to bounce back at the first attempt.
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First, there will be a lot of changes in the summer, with eight first team players out of contract and others such as James Maddison and Harvey Barnes expected to be sold. It’s the uncertainty over the player’s futures which is one of the factors in the club’s relegation, according to Shearer.
He said on the final Match of the Day of the season: “They didn’t replace the goalkeeper Schmeichel, I think that was the first problem. And having so many players out of contract.
“We’ve heard it said so many times over the years ‘the team is too good to go down’. When you look at some of the ability in that Leicester team, I think it’s a genuine case this year to say exactly that.
“They picked up before the World Cup, but when you’ve got that many players out of contract, I don’t think that’s healthy for your football club. I’m not saying a lot of them don’t care but I just don’t think it’s a healthy situation when you’ve got one of your best players also who has got a year left in Maddison.”
The striker then sent a message to clubs such as Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion. who are attempting to challenge the elite in the league, with the pundit taking a veiled dig at “the system”. All three clubs will play European football next season, Villa in the Europa Conference League, Brighton in the Europa League and Newcastle in the Champions League.
“What I would also say is, when you look at the success that Leicester have, there are 12 or 13 clubs in the Premier League that that could happen to in the near future, because the system is designed to make upward mobility very, very difficult. So, just be careful what you wish for.”