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Premier League season preview: Leicester City

Leicester City have a lot to live up to. Photo: PA

By Will Unwin

New signings

Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Nampalys Mendy (Nice), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)

Leicester City's key fear over the summer was having their Premier League winning squad ripped apart by the bigger clubs. The good news is they've only lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea and earned a heavy profit from his sale. Claudio Ranieri needed to strengthen the squad overall as he has the Champions League to contend with, too.

Luis Hernandez has joined for nothing from Sporting Gijon to give an versatile option in defence, while Kante has been replaced by Nampalys Mendy who looks fit to break up play and instigate the attacks like his predecessor. Ahmed Musa excited during the Community Shield and adds a further option in the final third. Ex-Manchester United youngster Ron Robert-Zieler will provide stiffer competition for Kasper Schmeichel and prospect Bartosz Kapustka shows the draw Leicester now have.

Luis Hernandez has arrived. Credit: PA

Young gun:

Ben Chilwell was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool over the summer but Leicester made sure they kept their man. The defender, who can play at left-back or in the centre, was involved with the first-team squad last season but with the increase in game time this year will be hoping to show what he can do more consistently.

Ranieri rates him very highly, saying: “We are building and looking for good, talented young players. For this reason Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray are with us and this is our goal now, to build with talented young players.

“Ben is our future and he stays with us. He had a very great match against Spurs, he was sure and outstanding. I am very surprised with how well he played, but that is what I wanted."

Social media star: Rebekah Vardy

Footballers are all pretty dull nowadays and speak solely in cliches, so it's probably worth just seeing what the wives put out on social media so one can judge exactly what is happening in the world, rather than generic platitudes about training and results.

Prediction: 7th

With their extra commitments, it's unlikely Leicester can make the top four but we can't rule anything out anymore.