In a desperate bid to save Premier League champions Leicester City from relegation, Claudio Ranieri has revealed he is ready to axe his Leicester City title winners.
It follows their 2-0 defeat to fellow relegation strugglers Swansea on Sunday at Liberty Stadium, which saw the Foxes slip to their fifth consecutive league loss and one place above the bottom three.
The fact is the champions have yet to score, yet alone win this year, that’s 610 minutes of play without a goal and their two key players Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez underperforming.
The duo signed new contracts at the end of last season said to have been worth £110,000-a-week, but Vardy seems to have lost his Midas touch since, with just five goals so far this season compared to 24 whilst Mahrez has scored just three as opposed to last season’s 17.
When asked by reporters if he had been too loyal to the players from last season, Ranieri said: “I could be. Of course it is difficult when you achieve something so good, you want to give them one chance, two chances or three chances. Maybe now, it is too much.
“Of course I must change something because it’s not possible to continue in this way. We have two problems – we concede and we don’t score. Everybody tries to say something positive to help each other. But after, we go back (to losing games).
“I always question myself but then I always say ‘come on, together we can do something good’.”
Leicester’s triumph in the 2015/16 season may have been down to half a dozen players simultaneously experiencing their career peaks and now with other teams second guessing their moves, they are unable to maintain last season’s effectiveness and form.
Leicester next face an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Millwall next Saturday before a Champions League trip to Sevilla.