Why Leicester City let Filip Benkovic free and what he’s said about Foxes since
Why did Leicester City allow centre-back Filip Benkovic to leave the club for free, and what has he said about the Foxes since leaving?
The transfer of Benkovic will obviously remain in the archives of the LCFC as a definitive failure. One that seemed avoidable for several reasons; further reinforces the notion for us fans that managers know better than us when it comes to their players and composition. A sometimes difficult part of football to swallow – especially when some gaffers decide to carry on with clearly failing tactics on occasion.
Nevertheless, the boss is with his staff every day to some degree, creating a bond. Or, as may be the case here, perhaps not effectively gelling to have a successful student-tutor relationship. A good look at the defender’s current quality is that he has failed to even impress when not sitting on the substitutes’ bench for Bristol City and Cardiff City.
There are rumors that Benkovic has become increasingly difficult to deal with, although these are baseless hearsay. If the Croatian was upset or frustrated with the lack of opportunities given to him at Leicester, that would be completely normal.
According to Rodgers, the 24-year-old was not up to playing for his Foxes in the Premier League. However, the former Celtic leader hailed Benkovic’s involvement as they both enjoyed success with the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership.
Here’s what Benkovic posted on social media after joining Italian club Udinese:
“I am grateful and happy for a new start. I can’t change the past, but now I look forward to what the future holds and I will keep working hard and never give up. Glad to be part of this club. Forza Udinese”
Philip Benkovic, instagram
Following the mutual cancellation of the athlete’s contract, Rodgers revealed this about Benkovic and the situation:
“For a number of reasons. He was a player who had played first-team football and then came to Celtic and he was outstanding. He suffered a few injuries so his availability was disrupted. The loans didn’t work out well for him. Personally, it didn’t work for him. He had issues at home that he felt he had to deal with. He needed to break the cycle. It wasn’t happening for him, so he needs a fresh start. I hope he can get his career back on track. I hope he can walk away and have some time to recover. The Premier League is a tough league to play in. Unless you’re right physically and mentally, the Premier League is so tough.
Another update from Leicester City
Foxes striker Patson Daka has been backed by Rodgers to step in in the absence of attacking duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy. Daka is still inexperienced at English top-flight level but has already shown his quality in a number of different competitions, including the EPL, for the East Midlands side.
The Northern Irishman said his young striker has experience – presumably referring to RB Salzburg as well as the Zambian’s international appearances – and that the Blue Army will see him develop positively over the next few years. Additionally, Rogers hinted that he was happy with Daka’s impact on the team.
Besides, the boss claimed that the Zambian goalscorer needs confidence in a tough division. It’s not easy for many elite players to get used to the demands of the PL; adapting to the physique, the intensity and the new style is key, says the 48-year-old.