So we didn’t all get trampled in the rush to leave the King Power Stadium this transfer window. The mass exodus that was predicted as clubs from West Brom to FC Barcelona were linked with our players failed to materialise.
The doom merchants would have had us believe that come the end of the transfer window, Leicester City would be left with nothing more than a five-a-side team, as our team of Champions were cherry picked.
Lets face it, every day you couldn’t open your paper, turn on your TV or power up your laptop without a Leicester player being linked with other clubs – in most cases Arsenal.
I took some criticism for the number of rumours I posted on the Leicester till I Die social media sites. Believe me I got bored doing it, but I had to report what was out there.
Yes we were linked with virtually every player that was looking for a decent move or pay rise (did I say that out loud Troy Deeney?), but most fans were more concerned with holding onto the players that had taken us to the heights of winning the Premier League last season.
Yes we wanted new signings, and they arrived notably in the guise of Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy, but would that be enough if we were going to lose more players than we signed.
Well as it says as the players walk out onto the pitch, ‘KEEP THE FAITH’.
Yes, players have left, but apart from one notable midfielder, all that left did so because the club decided they weren’t part of our future plans.
N’Golo Kante, well to paraphrase, ex-player Anthony Knockaert. We were the proverbial ‘stepping stone’ as he decided Chelsea could offer him more chances of winning silverware over the next five years.
The haste in which he left the club and his grovelling press release days later did nothing but shame the player.
Liam Moore, deemed surplus in defence, left with dignity and well wishes from virtually all Foxes’ fans. That’s the way to do it Mr (FC Leicester) Kante.
Five first-team arrivals boosted the squad in advance of our first Champions League campaign in Ron-Robert Zieler (GK), Luis Hernández (DF), Bartosz Kapustka (Mid), Mendy (MID) and Musa (FOR), but we still have the smallest squad of all the English teams in the Champions League.
So it was even more important that we held onto our players, and we did. New contracts were suddenly being signed more often than a players bar bill.
But who can forget the drawn out Jamie Vardy to Arsenal transfer saga, beaten in longevity only by the ‘Will he, won’t he’ Riyad Mahrez rumours. So we saw Arsenal fail twice to prise away a player from the King Power and Liverpool also failed in their attempt to sign young prospect Ben Chilwell.
With Steve Walsh Snr leaving us for a move back to his native North West, Everton’s interest in stopper Kasper Schmeichel ended and Tottenham’s alleged interest in Danny Drinkwater never really got going.
With captain Wes Morgan having already signed an extension, manager Claudio Ranieri also penned a new deal.
So with the one exception Leicester City FC have not been pillaged for our top players, and not only did we hold on to our prized assets, we added to them too.
With the window closing and deals agreed, let’s hope we can settle down and get back to winning ways.
The future’s bright – the futures BLUE!