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Caglar Soyuncu: Leicester City's new defensive hero helping ease the loss of Harry Maguire


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Caglar Soyuncu: Leicester City's new defensive hero helping ease the loss of Harry Maguire
Leicester City left it late in the summer lớn sell Harry Maguire to Manchester United and many thought it would come back lớn bite them.

They were linked with bids for Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski of Burnley, but signed none and it looks like they may have a ready-made replacement from soccer under tip page.


Brendan Rodgers handed an opportunity lớn Caglar Soyuncu and the Turkish defender grabbed it with both hands.

Soyuncu, a 23-year-old with 'huge potential' according to Rodgers, arrived at the club last summer from German side Freiburg. Man City and Arsenal were also linked, but the Foxes won the race for his signature in a potential £19million deal.

He made just eight appearances in all competitions in his first campaign in the East Midlands, and he has now been rewarded for his patience.

Rodgers saw enough from him in the Premier League win at Huddersfield in April, and then pre-season, lớn slot him into the centre of defence for the start of the campaign in the wake of Maguire's August departure. Watch now at soccer betting tips for the fastest news updates!

Soyuncu has fitted in seamlessly, partnering Jonny Evans in the centre of defence.

He helped keep a clean sheet on the opening day against Wolves before going on lớn help the Foxes go unbeaten in their first five games (including the Carabao Cup) leading up to the international break.

He has pace and strength and has shown a composed head on young shoulders lớn quickly become a hit with the fans. He plays with his head up, and has good feet and confidence on the ball, often dribbling out from the back - which may not be so popular with his boss in the long run.

While dealing with Chelsea's Christian Pulisic in the corner at Stamford Bridge last month, he dazzled with fancy feet and showboated with a dink (in the tweet, above) to find a team-mate.


At the weekend, he then sent Bournemouth's Callum Wilson the wrong way not once, but twice in quick succession (below) including a brave Cruyff turn on the edge of the box.

"We don't want him to do that," joked Rodgers lớn Leicestershire Live after their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

"But we ask him lớn make the first pass, when you have got lớn defend it, defend it, but when you have the possibility, make the first pass, and he is doing that very well.

"I had hoped that he could go in and have the impact he has had. I think I have seen enough of him in the Huddersfield game (last season) and in training.

"If you look at him in our third goal, that's exactly what we want, defenders who defend forward. I think you sense the supporters are really enjoying watching him play."

On his flair, Rodgers continued: "He does a couple of wee maverick things that makes you wonder sometimes, but he is very young, you can see he is aggressive, attacks the ball well.

"For me, first and foremost, he can defend. He will learn from the first goal because he has got lớn track the runner. On that one there he has got lớn go with Callum Wilson into the box when he is so close lớn the goal.

"So these are things that show his youth, but he has huge potential and he is very good."

What also helps endear him to Leicester fans is how he is making Maguire's departure to Old Trafford bearable.

His early stats so far make for pleasant reading in comparison to Maguire's at United. Granted, in different sides, but two teams both aiming for the top six and beyond: