Leicester once again disrupted the so-called ‘big six’ last season with their attacking and high-octane style of play.
The Foxes narrowly fell short of Champions League qualification on the final day for the second consecutive season.
But Brendan Rodgers and co did secure European football and further improvements are expected after a busy summer of recruitment.
Leicester have acted shrewdly in the transfer market having brought in Patson Daka (£2.0m), Boubakary Soumare (£2.0m) and Ryan Bertrand (£2.0m) for a combined £45million.
They’ve also been able to keep hold of their biggest – and more importantly high-scoring – assets including James Maddison (£3.5m), Kelechi Iheanacho (£4m) and Harvey Barnes (£3.5m)… at least so far.
Leicester kick-start the 2021/22 campaign against Wolves at the King Power Stadium on August 14th.
And the big question is: which of their players are worthy of a spot in our Dream Team XI?
Oddly enough, we’ll start with one player who should probably be avoided – Jamie Vardy (£4m).
The 34-year-old is Leicester’s most highly-owned player in the game at 19% having bagged 15 goals in 2020/21 season.
However, Vardy only scored four goals after Christmas and often turned provider for Iheanacho.
The Nigerian profited from Vardy’s adjusted role in the absence of Barnes – netting 19 goals and collecting a whopping 171 points – four more than Vardy in fewer games.
Barnes is close to returning for the Foxes after a knee injury ended his 2020/21 campaign in February but his continued absence could be great news for Iheanacho owners in the early stages.
The English winger is well worth keeping an eye on when back to full tilt.
The 23-year-old was enjoying an outstanding streak with six goals and three assists in 11 games before being stretchered off against Arsenal.
New arrival Daka is generously priced at £2.0m – especially given his frightening record of 76 goals in 154 career appearances. Although the 22-year-old could take time to adapt and minutes aren’t assured.
Maddison didn’t feature in England’s European Championship squad – and was fairly unlucky to miss out having registered 11 goals and 10 assists.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has a 9.6% ownership and could prove an exciting asset after a good rest and his 132-point haul last season.
But there’s uncertainty surrounding his future with Arsenal reportedly interested in bringing him to the Emirates in a deal worth £70m.
Defensively, the Foxes have a number of exciting options.
Leicester kick-start their season against Wolves, before games against West Ham, Norwich, Manchester City, Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (£3.5m) managed 11 clean sheets last season and can expect more with those kind fixtures on the horizon.
Timothy Castagne (£3.0m) could prove a bargain and a differential at 3.1% ownership. The marauding Belgian scored twice and provided three assists last season with a further seven shots inside the box.
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