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Football Manager 2021 Leicester City - Tactic | Team Guide | FM21

Football Manager 2021 Leicester City - Tactic | Team Guide | FM21

Leicester City FM21 tactic and team guide for Football Manager 2021. Guide to club vision, tactics, key players, youth prospects and potential transfers.


Here is a brief analysis of the Leicester squad, their club structure, relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM21  manager can use.

About Leicester City


Leicester won the Premier League in 2015-2016 just 2 years after their promotion from the 2nd tier of English Football in an astonishing story of rags to riches. 

The club were in the doldrums in 2008 when they were relegated to the 3rd tier of English football. Their climb to being the eventual Premier League champions took 7 years, which is the fastest ascension in the entire PL Era. 

Leicester is considered an established PL side with decent quality in their ranks and constant top half finishes.

Board Requirements


Leicester came very close to securing a UCL spot in the 2019-2020 season but could not quite get there and ended up finishing in 5th place. They are in the Europa League and the minimum board requirements once you take over will be, 

Board Requirements

    1. Get a top 6 league finish (Automatic Qualification to the Europa League)
    2. Reach the QF of the FA Cup
    3. Reach the QF of the EFL Cup/Carabao Cup.
    4. Reach the semi-final of the Europa League.

Additionally, you will be required to play attacking entertaining football and develop players using the club’s youth system.

The club have very good training facilities and adequate youth facilities. You will definitely have to improve the facilities available if you slowly wish to build an empire and attract big names. 

However, Leicester does have a very good scouting network and youth recruitment, which will help the manager identify potential. 

RELATED: Football Manager 2021 Starting Transfer Budgets 

Squad, Formation and Tactical Style


The Leicester squad are a blend of young players and seasoned campaigners, your challenge will be to keep a hold of the stars from other big clubs while attracting talent.

There are quite a few tactical setups you could deploy with Leicester; however, the most tactic will be a fluid counter-attack. Leicester relies on quick breaks and burst of pace, especially from their frontman Vardy, and this could be the most suited tactic.

A 5-4-1 is the most ideal formation for Leicester. This is how they line up currently in real life and will be most suitable for their squad of available players. You could also opt for a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond if you wish to opt for a more compact formation.

A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 5-4-1 formation is as follows, 

Football Manager 2021 Leicester City - Tactic


Kasper Schmeichel as a sweeper keeper.

Caglar Soyuncu, Johny Evans & Wesley Fofana as the 3 centre backs, Fofana and Soyuncu to be played as Ball Playing defenders.

Timothy Castagne & Ricardo Pereira as wing-backs. They are extremely good fullback options with them contributing to a lot of attacks.

Wilfried Ndidi and Youri Tielemans as the 2 central midfielders, former as a ball-winning midfielder, latter as a deep playmaker.

James Maddison & Ayoze Perez as an attacking midfielder & shadow striker respectively.

Jamie Vardy as a lone forward in a g Pressing Forward or a Deep Lying forward role

Alternatively, when you change to a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond, you can deploy Denis Praet as a central midfielder pairing Tielemans and making Ayoze Perez as the support striker for Vardy. 

RELATED: Football Manager 2021 Tactics 

Key Players


    1. Jamie Vardy 


Jamie Vardy Football Manager 2021

Vardy is your key man in attack, he is a natural goalscorer and is a talismanic presence for Leicester upfront.

    2. James Maddison 


James Maddison Football Manager 2021

Maddison is just 23 but is already one of the best-attacking midfielders in the league. He is also a set-piece master with freekicks and corners always being a threat when he plays.

    3. Youri Tielemans 


Youri Tielemans Football Manager 2021

Tielemans, despite his young age, is an enterprising presence in midfield. He also has the ability to perform in big games, making him a dangerous player for Leicester. 

RELATED: Football Manager 2021 Best Players 

Weaknesses


1. The overall squad depth outside the first team is pretty mediocre, so injuries to key players will result in a serious drop of quality.

2. This is overall a very young squad and could take a few seasons for the youngsters to hit their prime.

3. Bigger clubs could always poach your stars as the allure of playing for a bigger club will always be tempting.

Youth Prospects


There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are, 

    1. Wesley Fofana 


Wesley Fofana Football Manager 2021

Fofana is the new signing at Leicester and already good enough to be a starter for the side. He will only improve with experience and will be a star player in the future. 

    2. Harvey Barnes 


Harvey Barnes Football Manager 2021

Another young star in the making, Barnes again is a crucial part of the Leicester squad despite his age. His pace and versatility make it easy to fit him into the side and will be a big player for the club in the future. 

    3. James Justin 


James Justin Football Manager 2021

Another versatile star, James Justin, is comfortable playing in multiple positions. He will be one of the best players in the club in the future years. 

RELATED: Football Manager 2021 Best Wonderkids 

Potential Transfers (in)


Leicester are not the best squad in the league with respect to squad depth, these players could be welcome additions to the side.

· Ollie Watkins

· Said Benrahma

Potential Transfers (Out)


These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.

· Islam Slimani

· Christian Fuchs

Summary


To summarise, Leicester is a decent side for most FM21 managers, they are a stable mid-table side who could look at bigger things under an exciting manager. Are you up for the Leicester challenge? Can you replicate what Ranieri did for the blues?

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