Ranieri Explains Why He’s Letting Jeffrey Schlupp Move To Crystal Palace

0 Posted by - January 13, 2017 - News

With Crystal Palace closing in on the signing of left-sided Leicester man Jeffrey Schlupp, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has been speaking about his reasons for letting him leave. 

These quotes from Ranieri offer an insight into Leicester’s motivation for letting Schlupp move to Selhurst Park. 

The German born left-winger isn’t exactly cherished by Leicester’s fans, many of whom appear to view the reported £12 million fee we’ve negotiated as the sale of the century but in the eyes of his current boss, Schlupp deserves a great deal of credit for his efforts over the years. 

Whilst a deal is still yet to be officially announced by either club, the comments made by Ranieri in the article attached above suggest that a transfer is all but nailed on over the next 24 hours or so, aiding Sam Allardyce in his continuing efforts to strengthen a defensive line that has been battling manfully without a left-sided defender for the majority of the current campaign. 

More regularly thought of as a left-sided midfielder, Schlupp has been known to operate as a wing-back when the occasion calls for it, allowing Big Sam to plan for the immediate future with a good deal more flexibility in relation to his defensive options, given the other names that have been linked with moves to the club within the last few days. 

Quite rightly, a large number of Palace fans are concerned by the exorbitant fee we’re being forced to shell out for Schlupp’s services but in truth, it should be looked upon as an appropriate financial penalty for conducting serious player recruitment in the hyper-inflated January market after failing to recruit an experienced back-up for Souare over the summer months. 

Of course, the outpourings of joy from Leicester fans don’t exactly bode well for Schlupp’s long-term prospects in SE25 but after a few months with nothing but reluctant fill-ins occupying the left-back position, I’m more than happy to see us taking Jeffrey on. Who knows, he could turn out to be a cult hero at Selhurst Park in years to come. It worked for Jonny Parr. 

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8 Comments

  • Dave January 13, 2017 - 8:06 am Reply

    Schlupp is a half decent player. Keep it simple and he’s pretty solid…fast ,strong,hardly ever injured. Shooting on target is not a forte but…12 million is a little high but we’ve certainly overpaid for some of our recent signings.

  • LoxtonFox January 13, 2017 - 8:24 am Reply

    Schlupp is an honest pro who Leicester missed when he was out injured after Christmas last year because his physical strength and ability to run at defenders gave us a different option.

    We should acknowledge that his return to full fitness gave the squad a boost as well as offering Ranieri the chance to attack the right back area particularly towards the later stages of games when legs & minds became tired. His physical strength & experience at left-back also meant that he could fulfil a defensive role on the left of midfield when asked to do so which has helped to either see games out or keep things tight from the start.

    His main weakness is the quality of his final ball – having got past defenders his ability to consistently put in a telling cross has not really improved over the years & he fails to trouble the keeper enough on the occasions when he finds himself more central and elects to shoot. Like his crossing, he has often done the hard work to get himself into positions where he ought to do better.

    But he is a product of the Leicester academy & I for one sill be sorry to see him go – but I accept that it is probably the right thing for him and the club

    • admin January 13, 2017 - 8:25 am Reply

      Thanks for that comment, LoxtonFox. It’s certainly a change in tone from the celebrations over his departure that you see on social media.

      • LoxtonFox January 13, 2017 - 10:06 am Reply

        Ranieri recently said that Leicester need to get a better supply into Slimani in order for us to get the best out of him.

        Schlupp has shown over the years that although he can use his strength & pace to get past full-backs the quality of ball into the box is often not there to match it – if he can get this right consistently then he will become one hell of a player!

        If the rumours about Robbie Brady are correct then he doesn’t have Schlupp’s power & pace but he has a sweet left-foot & good delivery – that to me seems to be the potential gain to Leicester; namely to get more out of Slimani

        Schlupp isn’t getting game-time nor even making the bench in recent weeks so you can understand his frustration & wanting an opportunity to develop – no player is going to improve without regular game-time

  • BarryTheBinDipper January 13, 2017 - 8:46 am Reply

    “I you like row Z, you’ll LOVE Jeff Schlupp!”

  • Bob Jones January 13, 2017 - 9:41 am Reply

    Absolutely gutted Sclupp is leaving. Academy graduate with unbelivable potential. Has been messed around by Leicester for years with position swaps and lack of game time. Amazing pace, great in the air, actually surprisingly good touch and vision. Our dickhead juniors on twitter are not the bell weather of this ability. Real Leicester fans know what could have been. Really hope big Sam can sort his head out. He has had off field things going on with family and car crashes and he needs to sort it and get his head in the game.

    • admin January 13, 2017 - 9:44 am Reply

      Interesting insight, Bob. Thanks very much for that.

  • Thrace January 13, 2017 - 10:56 am Reply

    Grossly under-rated by many Leicester fans although that reaction has been fanned by some altogether indifferent performances since he became anxious to leave. At best – and Allardyce will surely inspire the best – Schlupp is a seriously capable player both as defender or attacker. He’s got positional limitations as a defender but won’t be beaten for pace or strength while, in attack, although unpredictable, he demands attention sometimes of two opponents and that can create space and chaos elsewhere. In today’s market and at his best, the lad’s a bargain…as emphasised by his playing a worthwhile part in our promotion, our survival in the Premiership and, to a lesser extent, in our title winning. Eratic? Yes. But a constant danger at any level when focused. Versatile too.

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