Former Premier League star Les Ferdinand lavishes praise on Leicester City

Leicester City

Newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City may have started a new trend in player recruitment, according to Les Ferdinand.

Former Premier league star Les Ferdinand has lavished praise on Leicester City, and claims that their success could usher in a new era of player recruitment to England's top flight.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ferdinand highlighted the acquisitions the Foxes made during the summer, and explained how important they have been to their incredible campaign:

"It's been a great footballing story, and one that I think everybody wanted to see happen. I think for years, people have said to compete at the top level you need to spend £250 million, and this may change the face of football. Things were spiralling out of control, but we've now seen a team who haven't spent millions and millions on their squad, what they've done is got a group of players that want to fight for the football team and manager."

There is no doubt that Leicester have been a team built entirely on unity and spirit. To have lost only three Premier League games in 36 outings sums up the character the team have shown. The Foxes remarkable season has coincided with the incredible rise in performance levels of every single one of their players. 

Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Drinkwater were arguably the Foxes seven best players throughout the campaign. The combined cost of bringing those players to The King Power Stadium was around £10 million. A staggeringly meagre amount when it is put into context by remembering that Arsenal forked out £42.5 million for the services of Mesut Özil alone.

The biggest challenge Leicester will now face is keeping hold of their star players, with some of Europe's most elite clubs sure to be keeping a close eye on Kante, Mahrez and Vardy.

Claudio Ranieri has stated before that he will not keep anyone who does not want to be at Leicester, so once again, this summer could be a very busy one on the transfer market for the Italian Premeir league winning manager.


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