Leicester have made their second big signing of the transfer window by picking up a proven defensive midfielder
Leicester are having a quiet but quality transfer window thus far. The club signed defender Harry Maguire from Hull City at the start of July. The Foxes were still in need of defensive solidity until they announced their latest signing.
Defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra has been signed by Leicester City from Sevilla, penning a four-year contract. The experienced Spaniard will add a much-needed presence in the middle of the pitch for Leicester. Partnering Onyinye Ndidi in defensive midfield will mean the backline of Leicester will be well protected.
Iborra has spent his whole playing career in Spain, playing for Levante for six years, then Sevilla for the last five. He is a great presence to have in the midfield and will bring a sense of solidity to an already strong Leicester midfield. The experience he brings will only Craig Shakespeare in his first full season at the King Power Stadium.
Not known as a goal scorer, Iborra still notched seven goals despite only starting 12 matches in league play. This is likely the main reason for his departure from Sevilla. Iborra is certainly good enough to be getting first team minutes, at least more than he got this season. There is no doubt that he will feature a great deal for Leicester and should be able to prove his worth fairly quickly.
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Fitting in the system under Shakespeare should be simple for Iborra. He will slot right next to Ndidi in the 442 system the team often lines up in. His job will be similar of the one he has had all these years in Spain. Winning the ball back, playing defensive and starting the counter attack if possible.
The team somewhat replaced the machine that is N’golo Kante last season with Ndidi. This signing only strengthens the team’s defensive structure and improves their team overall. Mahrez and Demarai Gray have been linked with moves away from Leicester, so this will certainly not be the last signing Leicester City fans will see this summer.