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FM17: Leicester Player Ratings Revealed

Here's the Leicester team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.


Although they won the title last season, some serious work will have to go into your squad if you’re to replicate this feat on Football Manager 2017. With a small starting budget, it’s going to be hard work.

Seeking out young, cheap gems will be your best course of action as, unless you offload Riyad Mahrez or Jamie Vardy for big bucks (which you most definitely shouldn’t do), you lack the funds for a marquee signing.

Most of the work will be tailored around the defence as none particularly stand out.

Leicester’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £9,500,000

Wage budget: £1,582,319

GOALKEEPERS

PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
GoalkeeperKasper Schmeichel3.53.529Denmark£13.25m
GoalkeeperRon-Robert Zieler3.53.527Germany£6.75m

No need for changes in the goalkeeping department as you have two ready-made three-and-a-half star ‘keepers in Zieler and Schmeichel. It’s up to you to figure out who is going to be your number one. It’s especially not worth the hassle of selling to buy given Leicester’s small transfer budget of £9.5million.

DEFENDERS

PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
DefenderDanny Simpson3329England£7.25m
DefenderLuis Hernandez2.52.527Spain£9m
DefenderChristian Fuchs3.53.530Austria£11.75m
DefenderMarci Wasilewski2.52.536Poland£475k
DefenderRobert Huth3331Germany£3.8m
DefenderWes Morgan3.53.532Jamaica£2.5m
DefenderYohan Benalouane2.52.529Tunisia£4.5m

I know Leicester were champions last season and had one the tightest defences around, but, in truth, a lot of that was due to their mentality, attitude and team spirit. In actual fact, the quality of player falls well below what you’d need to actually win a title on Football Manager. Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan are your best defenders (3.5 stars), but to win titles, you’re going to want to upgrade, even on them. Hernandez, Benalouane and Wasilewski can be sold to finance new signings. Moreover, the youngest player in this defence is 27; be sure to bring in some young talent for the future.

MIDFIELDERS

PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
MidfielderNampalys Mendy2.5324France£10.75m
MidfielderDaniel Amartey2.5321Ghana£6.75m
MidfielderMarc Albrighton3326England£16.25m
MidfielderJeffrey Schlupp3323Ghana£12.25m
MidfielderAndy King3327Wales£12.75m
MidfielderMatty James2.5324England£8m
MidfielderDanny Drinkwater3.53.526England£19.25m
MidfielderRiyad Mahrez4425Algeria£33m
MidfielderAhmed Musa33.523Nigeria£13.75m
MidfielderDemarai Gray2.53.520England£10.5m
MidfielderShinji Okazaki3330Japan£8m

Leicester have a solid, if not spectacular, midfield, the majority of players rated at the three-star potential ability mark. Riyad Mahrez is the club’s best player at four stars, and you should go all out to ensure he signs a new contract to discourage other clubs from making an offer. Keep your eyes on Ahmed Musa and Demarai Gray, both of who can rise to 3.5 stars. In terms of sales, you could look to offload Okazaki, James and even King if you’re short of money. That could bring you a combined total in excess of £30 million.

STRIKERS

PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
StrikerLeonard Ulloa2.52.529Argentina£7.75m
StrikerIslam Slimani3.53.528Algeria£31.5m
StrikerJamie Vardy4429England£23.5m

No need for immediate changes up front as Jamie Vardy still has a few good years left in him, and he’s rated at four stars also. It’s worth mentioning, however, that Vardy’s main asset is his pace, which will begin to decline as he ages, thus hampering his ability. Islam Slimani, too, will make for a good back-up or second striker if you decide to follow Ranieri and play two up front. Ulloa could be sold as Okazaki can also backup your strikers. Make sure you keep at least one of them around though to ensure you have enough cover for when the fixtures start coming thick and fast.

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Oli Stein

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

FM17: Leicester Player Ratings Revealed

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