Leicester have signed Sevilla captain, Vicente Iborra, on a 4-year deal for a fee of around £12.5 million. Having played against his new club in the Champions League last season he caught the attention of new manager Craig Shakespeare.
This is what the Foxes manager had to say about Vicente Iborra:
“I’m absolutely delighted that Vicente has joined us. He’s a player with such a good pedigree from his time in Spain with Sevilla and he adds some really strong competition to our squad.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential:
Leicester fans will be delighted with Iborra as he is a real coup for a good price in modern football. Although, at 29 years old he shows no clear sign of decline in his ability. Making 31 appearances in the La Liga and 7 appearances in the Champions league shows his natural fitness levels and how highly thought of he was in their squad.
Naturally Vicente Iborra is a central midfielder, but can play both defensively and offensively with his versatile play style. Often featuring as a ‘box to box’ midfielder, combined with fitness levels, he can drift from defence to attack almost immediately. Scoring 7 goals and 2 assists in the league last season with 3 of those goals being a hat trick shows his danger and eye for goal. However, with a passing percentage of 82% he may need to improve for the premier league to be noticed as a quality central midfielder.
The closest competition in the Leicester squad to Vicente Iborra are Danny Drinkwater, Andy King and upcoming Wilfred Ndidi. Iborra will likely be a key player for Shakespeare’s side as Iborra is well suited to the counter attack style of play. Further to this he is most likely will be priced around the 7.0m mark due to being a high profile signing and he could be a controversial pick for FPL managers.
Leicester City’s opening fixtures are as follows: West Bromwich Albion (H), Arsenal (A), Brighton & Hove Albion (H), Manchester United (A) & Chelsea (H). These fixtures will be a real test for Leicester as they hope to kick-start there season with a few upsets.
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)