Three Leicester players Ranieri should swoop for if he becomes Leeds boss
COMMENT By Derek Smithson
Leeds are on the search for a new manager and Claudio Ranieri is reportedly one of the men being considered by owner Andrea Radrizzani.
ESPN report that the 65-year-old is a “top target” for the Whites to replace Garry Monk after his shock resignation.
Ranieri has been out of management since he was sacked by Leicester in February, despite leading them to a remarkable Premier League title in the previous season.
Here, Football Insider looks at three Foxes players that Leeds try to sign and make Ranieri asks for a favour.
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Leeds would be extremely fortunate if they were to pull off a move for Matty James and Ranieri’s charm may just get a deal over the line. The 25-year-old midfielder has become a forgotten man at the King Power Stadium and was even loaned out in the second half of this season to Barnsley. He suffered a 19-month layout with a serious knee injury and is yet to fully recover from the blow. However, James was a crucial reason behind Leicester’s promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/14 season and was considered streaks ahead of teammate Danny Drinkwater at one point. The central midfielder is brilliant in possession and just needs minutes under this belt to rediscover his best form. He would certainly become a big Leeds favourite if he switched to Elland Road.
Leicester attacker Tom Lawrence is another player that has been out on loan this season and he thrived during his spell at Ipswich. The Wales international made 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying 11 assists in return. He proved that he can be deadly in the Championship and would be exactly the missing ingredient for Leeds. The Yorkshire giants were too reliant on striker Chris Wood for goals and need some extra ammunition, something Lawrence would certainly provide.
Leeds main problem area under Garry Monk was the wide areas, with the former manager constantly swapping his combinations. Nobody managed to cement their position out wide in the starting line-up and it was a factor in them missing out on the play-offs. Leeds should consider bringing Bartosz Kapustka to the club in the summer and the addition of Ranieri could help any potential deal. The 20-year-old failed to cut the grade during his first year with the club and was left playing in the youth side, but has proved on the international stage with Poland that he has quality.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered his verdict on Monk’s resignation.