The first match of the Premier League season is only two days away - which means it’s time to sit down and get the inside scoop on Arsenal’s opponent. This week, I spoke with Jack Lee from Fosse Posse to hear his perspective on the state of Leicester City heading into the new season. I answered some questions about Arsenal for him as well, which you can check out here if you’re interested.
Let’s get into it:
TSF: How enjoyable was last season for Leicester City fans? (finished 12th in the Premier League but made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League)
FP: It was a really weird season, even for us. The league games were pretty hard to watch at times and the messy situation with Claudio Ranieri was far from enjoyable. At the same time the Champions League experience really was great. The atmosphere around each game was so exciting and the run built so much energy that it’s hard to look back on the year as anything but great.
TSF: What is the current update on the Riyad Mahrez situation?
FP: We’re not actively trying to sell, but he is available if the club’s valuation is met. He’s clearly trying to engineer a move, but so far only Roma have bid and they’re not willing to offer enough. If nothing changes there, the owners are going to dig their heels in; he’s got three years left on his contract and there’s no need for us to sell. It’s probably going down to the deadline, unless another club wants to get involved...?
TSF: What are your thoughts on Leicester’s transfer window so far?
FP: It’s been a very positive summer for us so far. Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho were exactly what we were calling out for and about 10 years younger than the guys they’re replacing. Vicente Iborra was a little unexpected but he’s got a lot of people excited. The only concern is the volume of potential departures over the next month.
TSF: How much confidence do the fans have in manager Craig Shakespeare, who signed a three year contract in June?
FP: There’s a lot of positivity for Shakey right now. It’s hard to be certain how much that’s down to his ability as a manger, our upturn in form at the end of the year, or just the goodwill he’s built up over his years at the club, but he was most fans’ first choice for the job and nothing’s changed there yet.
TSF: What would constitute a successful season for Leicester City?
FP: First and foremost, a top half finish in the league. Any less than that would be a disappointment. There’s also growing desire for a cup run among the fans. We’ve had one quarterfinal between the domestic cups in the last 12 years, so a trip to Wembley would be nice.
Thanks again to Jack and Fosse Posse for taking the time to chat with us!