Drop him vs Braga: Rodgers must not start £60k-p/w "big talent" after Anfield disaster – opinion
Leicester City will have chance to put even more daylight between them and Europa League opponents Sporting Braga this evening as they face off at the Braga Municipal. As it stands, the Foxes lead their group by three points after winning all three of their games so far. They also have the best goal difference of Group G, having conceded just one and netting nine of their own.
It will be a relatively easy decision for Brendan Rodgers when it comes to picking his starting lineup. With Jamie Vardy likely to sit the game out, the manager is comfortable knowing that Kelechi Iheanacho is at his disposal. The back-up striker hit Braga for three last time out and will be hungry for more in the reverse fixture.
However, one man he should drop to the bench is Harvey Barnes following his wasteful performance against Liverpool.
Leicester hit a road block in their strong Premier League run when the reigning champions beat them 3-0 at Anfield. Whilst many will point the finger at City’s defence, the attacking personnel could’ve done more to force their way back into the game.
Indeed, Barnes was one main culprit of lacking composure in front of goal. According to Sofascore, the midfielder missed two big opportunities to tuck away a goal and he completed just 11 passes in the 62 minutes he was on the pitch. Barnes also lost the ball on 11 different occasions and was dribbled past twice.
Whilst Rodgers will be confident his side can grab another win, he won’t want to tempt fate. The 22-year-old’s disappointing performance should be enough to earn him a seat on the bench rather than a spot in the starting XI. Although the boss is a big fan of the £60,000 per week midfielder and has lauded him as a “big talent”, he mustn’t play favourites.
As Leicester look to re-establish themselves as a side that can challenge, they can’t afford any mistakes. Missing big opportunities to score against elite sides is not an option.
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