Hello and welcome to coverage from the King Power as Leicester City host Brentford.
It has been a turbulent summer for Leicester with no new signings, losing captain and fan favourite Kasper Schmeichel and transfer speculation surrounding Wesley Fofana and James Maddison. Jonny Evans has been named as Schmeichel’s replacement as captain and manager Brendan Rodgers says the defender is the “natural successor”.
“Jonny represents the collective standards and values of these players and what they stand for,” he said. “He’s a player of huge experience.
“He has huge respect in the changing room for what he’s achieved and how he behaves on a day-to-day basis. He’s the natural guy to step forward now Kasper has left.”
Former Manchester United centre-half Evans has made more than 100 league appearances for the Foxes since arriving from West Brom for £3.5million in 2018. With Schmeichel’s exit, Danny Ward is set to start in goal and Rodgers confirmed Ward and Daniel Iversen will now challenge for the number one jersey.
Meanwhile, Thomas Frank says he does not believe Brentford will be struck down by second-season syndrome. Brentford’s tally of 46 points last season was one more than the other two promoted teams – Watford (23) and Norwich (22) – combined as they finished a respectable 13th in their first Premier League campaign.
But in recent seasons, Huddersfield and Sheffield United have been relegated back to the Championship following impressive opening terms in the top flight. Leeds only avoided the drop on the final day of last season having finished ninth on their top-flight comeback.
Speaking ahead of today’s match, Frank said: “In general, I don’t believe too much in second-season syndrome. “It’s a narrative that’s been built. Our opponents on Sunday won the Premier League in their second season, so maybe that’s the one we should go for.
“Huddersfield’s underlying stats show that they were very lucky to stay in the league [in their first season], so I wasn’t surprised that they struggled the next year.
“We were not lucky to stay in the league last year, so there is a foundation we can build on. That can change with injuries and lack of form, but hopefully the things we do every day ensure that we’re in a constant fine place.”