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.
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.