Leicester City has got off to a lopsided start to the Premier League season, recording two wins and two losses so far.
It doesn’t get any easier on Thursday evening either when their Europa League campaign starts with a visit from a team from Naples that has a 100% track record this season.
Several Foxes players are also out of shape, with many calling on Brendan Rodgers to shuffle his pack. Will he bow to public pressure? Here are his most likely starting XI …
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – Schmeichel may do well, but he remains one of the most reliable goalkeepers in Europe, as demonstrated by his performance against England in the EURO 2020 semi-finals.
Timothy Castagne (RB) – Ricardo Pereira was an unutilized substitute against Man City and given his injury history it’s unlikely he will be risked here. Because of this, Castagne – complete with his creepy face mask – will continue as a right-back.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – Despite a bad start to the season as Jonny Evans has no reassuring presence next to him, Soyuncu will keep his place as every second center-back in the Leicester squad is injured.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – Vestergaard’s return to the first team on Saturday was a big boost and although his team lost the game, he was quite impressive.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – Luke Thomas could easily get the nod here. However, because of his greater experience, Bertrand is more likely to be preferred.
Marc Albrighton (RM) – The always reliable Albrighton isn’t exactly the most sensational, but his discipline will be important on Thursday against the forward-thinking Mario Rui.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – One of the best defensive midfielders in the world, Ndidi will have his hands full trying to keep Napoli from taking control of the game.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – It seems increasingly likely that he will leave the club this summer – if not sooner – but while he’s here Tielemans is an automatic starter as it has been for the last two seasons.
Harvey Barnes (LM) – After returning from injury, Barnes has been calm this season and with Ademola Lookman waiting in the wings, production will soon begin.
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – James Maddison got the season off to a terrible start and Rodgers suggested a rotation after losing to City. Iheanacho – who was one of the most formidable strikers in Europe last season – is the most likely beneficiary if the Foxes boss carries out his threat.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – After a painful goalless run at the end of last season, Vardy has already scored two goals and one assist this season. Patson Daka has to wait a little longer for his chance.