Leicester City's new boys backed to shine in Premier League for Foxes
Marc Albrighton has backed Leicester City’s quartet of new signings to enjoy successful debut seasons at the club.
James Maddison, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira and Danny Ward have all joined Claude Puel’s squad this summer and Albrighton says they have already settled in well.
Evans and Maddison have had a head start on the others following their arrival in time to be involved at City’s training camp in Evian-les-Bain in France earlier this summer.
Portugal right-back Pereira was given extra time off after the World Cup, while the signing of goalkeeper Ward from Liverpool was only confirmed just over a week ago.
Both met up with their new team-mates for the first time in Austria where City have just spent a week of training as well as pre-season friendlies against Udinese and Akhisarspor.
“Yeah, they have settled in very well,” said Albrighton. “Jonny and Madders have been here quite a while now and have settled in great. It seems like they have been here a while, they are confident lads. They have mixed well.
“Ricardo and Wardy have joined up recently. Hopefully, they can do the same and have a good season.”
Maddison has been impressive during pre-season, and looks as though he might be able to fill part of the creative void left by the departure of Riyad Mahrez, while Ward has put in a couple of strong performances during the week in Austria.
Pereira made his first appearance for the club in the last 30 minutes against Udinese while Evans has played a part in all three friendlies so far.
For Albrighton, though, it has been a slow start to his pre-season after injury curtailed the start to his campaign.
The City winger suffered a tight quad in a training match against Belgian sister club Leuven which let him unable to train for a week and he, too, only got his first official friendly minutes against Udinese.
Albrighton admits he now has a job on his hands to get back to full sharpness if he is to force his way into the starting line-up for the first game of the Premier League season at Manchester United.
He will be hoping for more minutes in the remaining two friendlies against Valencia at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday before the final outing against Lille, in France, at the weekend.
“I feel like I need to get a lot sharper than I am at the moment,” said Albrighton, after the defeat at the Worthersee Stadion.
“That comes with games and with stepping the training up. It was frustrating (to get injured) but it has only been a week so you can deal with it.
“It is never nice to miss training, miss games so it is good to be out there again. It’s good to be back on the football pitch.
“Obviously, starting is something I want to do, so ultimately we have got two weeks left to prove that so it is down to me.”