Too good to go down?

Hello, good afternoon sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff. I hope you’re well looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, we need to talk about football.

To be more precise, we need to talk about being too good to go down. Plain and simple, I am talking about a football team that’s too good to get relegated down to the championship.

There have been some famous sides who have been relegated over the years. Aston Villa have been one, and Newcastle have been another. There was also a season where a very talented West Ham team suffered the agony of relegation.

In the case of The Hammers, their relegation with a side that had the likes of Joe Cole, Trevor Sinclair, Freddie Kannoute, Michael Carrick and Paolo Di Canio was a season that would never be forgotten.

The late Glenn Roeder, who would be at the helm at the time saw his side unable to beat the drop, despite getting the magical 40 points. Of course, Trevor Brooking, a club legend had to step in to manage the team in desperate circumstances as Roeder fell ill, which would later be found to be due to a brain haemorrhage.

That was some year 2003, the kind of year, that wouldn’t be repeated, right? Well, it appears history is trying to repeat itself in the form of Leicester City. The Foxes, who magically won the Premier League in 2016, seem to be set for the drop out of the Premier League some seven seasons on.

With Leicester also getting to a Champions League quarter-final and winning their inaugural FA Cup two seasons ago by beating Chelsea, this fall from grace has been very dramatic.

The man who oversaw Leicester City’s FA Cup success, Brendan Rodgers, helped guide the club to top-five finishes during his time in charge at the club. This season after a slow start, The Foxes were in the top half of the table.

After the World Cup, however, Leicester have been in free fall. In the form table post-Qatar 2022, they’re right near the bottom, which explains at the time of writing how Leicester City are 19th.

Bleak reading indeed. To compound the misery, the East Midlands side have scored 40, but have conceded a staggering 52 goals! Selling Kasper Schmeichel seems all the more staggering.

Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen have both had a go at replacing Dane Schmeichel. Sadly too little success.

Leicester have lacked leadership at the back. With Soyunchu’s future appearing less likely away from The King Power, that’s only compounded the misery.

Harry Souttar was signed from Stoke and at £15 million, he was a Leicester City-like investment, a very shrewd signing, but this has not had the desired effect on results.

What happened to West Ham 20 years ago, was a footballing freak of nature I thought, but 20 years on. History appears to be repeating itself with Leicester City.

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