As much as we’ve had some great players join this summer, we always knew the main objective of this window was for Leicester City to hold on to as many of the title winning stars as possible.
It all started off pretty well with, despite a slight Arsenal-related wobble, Jamie Vardy agreeing to stay on. Then suddenly N’golo Kanté left us for Chelsea and well...
Leicester City face mass exodus as N'Golo Kante joins Chelsea https://t.co/anoxHk5tVV pic.twitter.com/Ecka80NRO5— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) July 16, 2016
Since the start of the ‘exodus’, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Ben Chilwell, Andy King, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton all have signed new deals. Include Vardy and Jeff Schlupp, who looked like joining West Brom at one point, and that’s nearly a full starting 11 of re-signings. All we were missing was a right back.
SIGNED: @dannysimpson is the latest #lcfc star to commit to a new Foxes contract! https://t.co/4cSnexCy1y ✍ pic.twitter.com/PhlldddAH8— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 1, 2016
And there it is. Simpson, who had made it known recently that he was very interested in joining in with the re-signing brigade, has signed a new deal to stay on with the Foxes until 2019. Happy days.
Simpson was possibly the least likely of all of Leicester’s unlikely heroes. Having never managed to make an impact at Manchester United, Newcastle or QPR, Simpson was picked up around this time two years ago, to provide cover for Ritchie de Laet. He was unwanted by QPR, who had finished 22 points behind us in the Championship.
He then failed to impress again, unable to get a regular place in a team rooted to the foot of the table. In fact, it was only when Nigel Pearson binned the fullbacks altogether that the Great Escape really began.
Even when Signor Ranieri arrived and reinstated the back four, he was again not first choice to start the season. However, he did get his chance after a heavy loss to Arsenal and he really took it.
You’d never mistake him for a star, but he was absolutely dependable last year. Defensively rock solid, rarely out of position and on the attack...well he never gets in Riyad’s way and that’s the most important thing.
Glad to have you around, Danny!