Well, it’s taken us a while, but it seems like Leicester City are on the verge of confirming their second signing of the summer. After filling the LB position (maybe) with Timothy Castange, the Foxes have turned their attention to the RW that fans have been clamouring for.
At the end of the season, Brendan Rodgers mentioned the need to add further options for goals from wide areas and, after enquiring about Barcelona’s Trincao and David Brooks from Bournemouth, it looks like they’re settling on Cengiz Ünder.
There’s plenty to like about the Turkish international, including a great first step and some out and out pace. He’ll fit right into a front 3 with Vardy and Barnes that will give any defender pause before they take a step forward.
️ Of players to start 10+ matches in Serie A last season, only Jeremie Boga completed more dribbles per 90 than Cengiz Under (3.3)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 16, 2020
The 23-year-old's dribble success rate was the best of all wingers in the division (76.2%)
Looks #LCFC bound (via @FabrizioRomano) pic.twitter.com/4pEH2sEhst
He’s tricky and he loves to run with the ball. As you’d expect of a player like that, he will also give it away more often than most, but it’s something we need more of. Particularly as a left footer, who’ll often look to cut inside while Ricardo or Castagne go by on the outside. It’s a good fit.
For a fee of less than £30m these days, you know there has to be a downside. Injuries and inconsistency have stalled his progress at Roma to the point that they’re happy to let him go.
The 23 year still has room to grow, though. He certainly fits the current transfer model of looking for pre-peak players with bags of potential and hope that the coaches can turn them into stars.
If they can get this one over the line, I think it makes a lot of sense and would be some good business in a summer where it’s been a bit lacking.
Now if they could just hurry up and get another CB in too.