Forget it Rodgers – Leicester would be better off avoiding this 31-year-old German star

Why Leicester City should avoid signing Fenerbahce striker Max Kruse

According to Turkish media outlet Haber Global (h/t The Leicester Mercury), Leicester City are interested in signing Fenerbahce forward Max Kruse, but face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis.

Max Kruse, 31, who joined on a free transfer from Werder Bremen in the summer, has had a strong season with Fenerbahce. He has managed three goals and six assists in 13 appearances so far.

The report (h/t The Leicester Mercury) claims that Fenerbahce could be forced to sell off some of their key assets this month as are suffering from a financial crunch. And Kruse is one player who could leave the Turkish giants, although the player is reluctant to move.

Max Kruse during his time at Werder Bremen. (Getty Images)
Max Kruse during his time at Werder Bremen. (Getty Images)

Leicester City, meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats for the second time in a month after going down 2-1 away to Burnley.

The Foxes have mightily impressed under Brendan Rodgers, especially the attacking players such as Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans linking up superbly. The Foxes have scored 48 goals in the league this season.

Jamie Vardy has arguably been Leicester’s best player, with 17 goals and four assists to his name in 21 league appearances. He’s the league’s top scorer and has played a pivotal role in the Midlands club’s impressive campaign.

Though he has proven that age is just a number, the Englishman is not getting any younger and hence, Rodgers must start looking for a long-term replacement.

Kelechi Iheanacho, 23, could turn out to be Vardy’s ideal successor at the King Power Stadium, with the Nigerian scoring 6 goals in his 10 appearances this season.

While Vardy is still favoured as the first choice, Rodgers has recognised the value in using Iheanacho as a strike partner. This has given Leicester another dimension.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Norwich City at The King Power Stadium on December 14, 2019 in Leicester. (Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Norwich City at The King Power Stadium on December 14, 2019 in Leicester. (Getty Images)

As the Foxes are functioning really well going forward, it doesn’t make sense to invest on a new striker, at least not on a player in the elk of Max Kruse, who will turn 32 in March. The German would be surplus to requirements at Leicester.

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Verdict

Leicester must avoid signing Kruse from Fenerbahce this month. If they are really interested in signing a striker, Rodgers must look at a younger player instead.

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Written by Rohan Sengupta

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