Leicester have been touted by many fans to surprise the Premier League this season. Not with a freak title win like last time around, but potentially challenging the Top 6. Their midfield is one of the strongest in the league, but it is set to become even stronger with Dennis Praet.
Sky Sports have reported Leicester agreed an £18 million fee with Sampdora for their midfielder and he is set to be confirmed as a Foxes player in the new few hours.
Praet spent his youth career in his native Belgium with Genk for several years and Anderlecht for 1 year. He broke into the first team of the latter as a teenager and became playing regularly quite quickly.
Praet played a pivotal role in Anderlecht’s domestic dominance winning 3 Pro League titles and 3 Super Cups during his time there. With 13 goals and 15 assists across his last two seasons, the talented attacking midfielder won the 2014 Golden Shoe, an award given to the best player in the league.
It was no surprise thereafter that the Belgium international earned a move away. Sampdoria paid just €10 million in 2016 for Praet and he has gone on to become a key player for the side in the Italian top flight. 106 appearances across 3 seasons is a testament to the midfielder’s consistency in the centre of the pitch.
Style of Play
Linked with Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, the 25 year old has played in attacking midfield for most of his career. However last season for Sampdoria, he dropped back into central midfield.
Praet has excellent technical ability with a wide range of passing and the ability to deliver dangerous crosses into the box on a consistent basis. His vision for through balls and finding inch perfect passes is very underrated. 1.1 key passes per game last season from central midfield is impressive and as shown in the video, he often plays teammates in with good goalscoring chances.
The Belgian at 5ft 11 is also excellent at transition play. Linked with the Gunners initially as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, the former Anderlecht midfielder averaged 1.1 dribbles completed per game last season and often in video is shown running with the ball from his own half to the final third. In a exciting side under an attacking manager like Brendan Rodgers, he will fit in seamlessly to the midland side’s system.
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