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I am sure most of us are well aware of the fact that we need a new centre back, it’s probably one of the most pressing areas that need to be addressed as soon as possible. The signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has certainly made our defence stronger since we don’t have to watch Ashley Young embarrass us there week in week out.
So what does the “Slabhead” offer if we do manage to get this one over the line? Well, a few things actually, having watched him plenty of times over the past couple of seasons there are definitely a few positives. First of all, his aerial ability is second to none, he rarely loses a header, both defensively and offensively, we need a centre-half who can dominate the opposing striker in the air and offer a considerable threat from corners because let’s be honest, our output from attacking corners have been woeful for the past few seasons.
The modern game often demands to play out from the back, the Iceman is capable to do that very well, but I’m sick and tired of Chris Smalling positioning himself like he’s David Beckham every time he has to make a 5-yard pass. Harry Maguire is very good with the ball at his feet, standing at 6.4 feet he does look a bit robotic with the ball but deceivingly does handle it very well, he’s capable of making short as well as lofted long balls. For a centre-back he’s also very good at dribbling with the ball, a player with that confidence as well as ability would certainly be a solid addition to our backline.
Let’s look at some numbers from last year, he played 45 games in all competitions for Leicester City and England and scored 4 goals in total, not bad for a centre-back, he also won 4 aerial per game over the period with a pass accuracy of 86.1 percent. Those are solid numbers coupled with the fact that he’s now the number one centre-back for England and could play a lot of games in a long season maintaining his fitness very well. ( Stats courtesy of WhoScored)
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The biggest hurdle in the way of this transfer for the 26-year-old is the price tag. Leicester City aren’t going to budge for the defender and want 90 million pounds for the transfer to go through. This is most definitely the case of English premium that Premier League sides have to pay these days, the monumental increase in revenue means that the so-called smaller teams that are not that low on cash and at that price, I’m not sure this is a deal that we should pursue. There are way better options available at this price as I mentioned in my article about Issa Diop and we should go for them instead. If, however, we do pursue this deal and get it over the line, this will not be something to complain about as we will definitely be way stronger at the back with “Slabhead” in the side.