Brendan Rodgers reveals thoughts on forgotten man as Midlands rivals ‘make Islam Slimani offer’

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Rodgers’ thoughts on Kapustka

“Time will tell” if Bartosz Kapustka has a future at Leicester City but the Polish winger has impressed manager Brendan Rodgers since returning from injury.

After nine months out with a cruciate ligament tear suffered on loan at City’s sister club OH Leuven, Kapustka made his return to action last week, playing 90 minutes, and setting up a goal, in the Under-23s’ 5-1 win over Wolves.

The 23-year-old has been training with Rodgers’ first team and the manager has liked what he’s seen.

“He’s been very good in training,” Rodgers said. “He’s been excellent, to be fair.

“But certainly from what I’ve seen in training, he’s been impressive. He’s worked hard to get back. He’s technically gifted, he’s sharp, he looks like he wants to score a goal.”

Read more from Rodgers on Kapustka’s future here.

Villa ‘offer’ for Slimani

Aston Villa have reportedly made a bid to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.

Villa apparently want to take the Algerian international on loan for the remainder of the season.

Slimani is currently on loan at French club Monaco, where he has scored seven goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances to date.

However, it has been suggested that the 31-year-old would be open to a Premier League return.

Le10Sport is reporting that Villa have now tabled a loan offer for Slimani.

The forward would have to return to Leicester before a deal is agreed between the two Premier League clubs.

Islam Slimani celebrates with Wissam Ben Yedder after scoring for Monaco against Rennes
Islam Slimani celebrates with Wissam Ben Yedder after scoring for Monaco against Rennes

AFCON blow for City

Leicester City could be dealt a blow in their 2020-21 Premier League season before a ball has even been kicked.

The Foxes, along with a number of other clubs, will be without some key players for a chunk of next season after plans to move the Africa Cup of Nations back to January were approved.

The tournament was regularly held throughout January and February, meaning African players were away from their respective clubs for a period of time in the domestic leagues.

After the 2017 finals, a change was made in the format, with last year’s competition in Egypt held over the summer. However, it had already been switched back to the beginning of the year for 2021 in Cameroon.

Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho (both Nigeria), Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Islam Slimani and Rachid Ghezzal (both Algeria) could all be involved.

Read more here.

Three dilemmas for Rodgers

After Leicester City’s record-breaking win over Southampton in October, picking the team was easy.

In fact, it was so easy that Brendan Rodgers fielded an unchanged line-up for the next four matches before an injury to Ben Chilwell forced him into a change.

However, there are questions for Rodgers to answer after their latest meeting with the Saints, as City produced their poorest display of the season at the weekend to fall to their unlikeliest defeat of the campaign.

He needs to decide who gets the nod at left-back, who plays in central midfield, and who features on the wings.

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