Arsenal will continue in their quest to secure a Champions League spot this weekend, with the Gunners scheduled to face Leicester City in what promises to be a tricky contest.
Brendan Rodgers has a talented squad at his disposal but this summer, one of his stars players could end up making a switch to the Emirates.
Youri Tielemans will face Mikel Arteta’s men this weekend but next season, he could form part of his team if transfer reports are to be believed.
The Belgium international has a contract which is due to expire in 2023, which means Leicester will have a decision to make at the end of the current campaign.
They could keep him for another year but lose him for free, or they could sell him for a reasonable price considering he seems unlikely to sign a new deal at the King Power.
Tielemans could be on the market in the coming months and based on Arteta’s squad requirements, Arsenal should be interested in picking up his services.
Still just 24 years-old, the Foxes midfielder has been playing top-flight football on a regular basis since the age of 16. Since his emergence at Anderlecht, he’s acquired a wealth of experience despite his youthful age.
During his time in England, Tielemans has evolved into one of the division’s most established performers.
It is reasonable to suggest that he’s the player who has improved most under Rodgers, rather than Harvey Barnes or James Maddison, who has been tipped for a move to the Emirates in the past.
Tielemans is skilful, composed and progressive when in possession, and he’s comfortable when receiving the ball under pressure in tight spaces, unlike Granit Xhaka.
In recent months, Xhaka has been instructed to occupy higher spaces in the final third, ahead of Thomas Partey who has remained further back to hold the fort for the team, as shown below.
The Swiss has performed reasonably well, but he hasn’t been at ease. He is more natural when the play is ahead of him, and when able to feed teammates who are higher up.
With Xhaka now aged 29, Tielemans could be his long-term heir and he seems more suited to fulfilling Arteta’s new hybrid midfield role.
This weekend, the Leicester man will have the opportunity to impress one of his potential future suitors. Arteta will hope for an Arsenal win, but he’ll be keeping a close eye on whether Tielemans is capable enough to assume the spotlight.
Source by Football London