Kasper Schmeichel believes Jannik Vestergaard has fitted in well since joining Leicester City from Southampton, and praised an array of elements to his game, via Leicestershire Live.
The Foxes paid the Saints £15m in August for the defender to switch St Mary’s for the King Power Stadium. Brendan Rodgers sought to strengthen his centre-half options after Wesley Fofana fractured his right fibula and sustained medial knee ligament damage.
Fofana will not return to action until next year, after a challenge from Villarreal’s Fernando Nino in a pre-season friendly. Jonny Evans also made his first appearance of the season in Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City following a foot injury.
Injuries have also impacted Vestergaard’s first month at Leicester, with the Dane missing two of four possible games. He made his first Foxes start against City after missing meetings with West Ham and Norwich with a knee injury.
Despite the issue, Schmeichel believes Vestergaard has fitted in well at Leicester and could not offer any more praise for his new teammate.
“I’ve never made a secret of me being a Jannik Vestergaard fan,” Schmeichel said. “He’s a top-class player. I always feel very secure, and that’s the biggest compliment I can pay any defender. He’s a big guy, but still very mobile, he’s got incredible feet and range of passing.
“He’s a threat in both boxes, he’s at an age now where he is coming into his best years and luckily, they will be with Leicester City. As a character, he suits this club. He’s a talker, he’s a leader, he’s always been a guy people can look to. He’s fitted in really well and I’m looking forward to seeing him do well in a Leicester shirt.”
Vestergaard to demonstrate Schmeichel praise for Leicester in Europa League?
Schmeichel was speaking ahead of Leicester’s meeting with Napoli in the Europa League, when Vestergaard could make his first domestic UEFA appearance since 2017. The centre-back has not featured in a European competition since leaving Borussia Monchengladbach.
He made four Europa League appearances in the 2016/17 edition of the competition as Die Fohlen reached the Last 16. The Borussia-Park side dropped into the competition after finishing third in their Champions League group with Barcelona and Manchester City.
The 2016/17 campaign marked his only venture into a Champions or Europa League season proper. Vestergaard also played 48 minutes as Borussia Monchengladbach beat BSC Young Boys in the qualifying round for the Champions League group stage that term.