Leicester have been smart in the last few transfer windows and it doesn’t seem any different this summer.
The Foxes confirmed the £ 23million Patson Daka signing on Wednesday after warding off interest from Liverpool and West Ham.
Daka could scare the Premier League defense next season
Daka scored 34 goals for Red Bull Salzburg last season and is considered heir to Jamie Vardy, who will turn 35 next year.
While Kelechi Iheanacho ended the 2020-21 season with 19 goals for Leicester, a storm partnership between Daka and Vardy could be too tempting to ignore.
Harvey Barnes is also back from a serious knee injury and will fight for a place on that front.
talkSPORT also understands that Ryan Bertrand will sign for the club on a free transfer after leaving Southampton.
Timothy Castagne played as a left-back for a long time last season but plays for Belgium as a right-back and can continue to play as a full-back.
The formidable James Justin will return at some point to give manager Brendan Rodgers a plethora of options as a full-back.
Bertrand will join Leicester on a free transfer
Ricardo Pereira failed to show his true form on his return from a serious knee injury last December but will also fight for inclusion.
Leicester are looking to secure another smart deal with the signing of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare for around £ 22million.
The French U21 international helped Lille beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title last season.
And a hard-working midfield trio consisting of Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi and Soumare could be seen in different guises at King Power in the coming season.
Soumare is expected to join Leicester in the coming weeks
James Maddison found it difficult to maintain his form when he returned from injury in April and didn’t score or assist in his last 10 games of the season so he could potentially have a fight for his starting place.
As a center-back, Rodgers has three trusted players to choose from, including Caglar Soyuncu, who has been linked with moves to both Manchester clubs, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana.
Daka has signed a five-year deal with Leicester
Leicester will play football in the Europa League for the second consecutive year after missing a place in the Champions League on the final day of last season.
No other club spent more time in the top 4 of the Premier League than Leicester (242 days) in the 2020/21 season.
But Daka’s goals and Soumare’s quality in midfield could give Rodgers’ squad an extra boost to achieve a top four or maybe even better.
So Leicester could play in different formations.
Rodgers made his formation decisions fluently and mixed them depending on the opponent.
The difficulty he will have is getting Barnes, Daka, Vardy and Iheanacho on the same team.
Someone has to get out, in this case it’s Vardy, with Daka taking the central role.
Last season Leicester successfully used formations with three defenders, including in the triumphant FA Cup final.
How Leicester could line up in a 3-4-3 formation
If Rodgers wants to play with two strikers up front, a 3-5-2 might be the way to go.
Bertrand and Castagne are both well on their way up front and could offer the attackers the support on the full-backs.
This would also allow Rodgers to pick up midfield trio Soumare, Tielemans and Ndidi.
How Leicester could line up in a 3-5-2
This formation would allow more of Rodgers’ attacking talents to be incorporated into a front three.
The quartet could be largely interchangeable in some positions and others may have to play from their preferred positions to get a starting spot.
How Leicester could compete with a 4-3-3