Liverpool get to see Wesley Fofana up close today when they host Leicester City in the Premier League. We think he could already be a dream target.
Wesley Fofana will likely face Liverpool at Anfield today. The 19-year-old has been injured but the Leicester Mercury says he should be fit to start.
The immediate response to that is negative. Liverpool have an injury crisis to deal with, after all, and could do with everyone else having one, too.
But there’s a positive to go with that. They now get an up-close view at a player who could be perfect for them.
Fofana for Liverpool?
We’ll say it right away – we have no suggestions that Liverpool are currently looking at Fofana. This is entirely a case of us believing a player should be a target.
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Because Fofana just looks ideal. He joined Leicester in October for £36m and hit the ground running.
He’s started seven games for Leicester since, playing the full 90 minutes in all of them. You just need to watch him a couple of times to see what he brings.
Fofana is 19 but he’s 6ft3, quick, strong, comfortable on the ball and incredibly confident for his age.
His boss at Saint-Etienne, Claude Puel, believes the only reason Leicester got him was because bigger clubs were waiting for 2021. Fofana hadn’t quite played a full season in Ligue 1, after all – Leicester took an expensive gamble.
But it’s a gamble that seems to have paid off. Because while Fofana looks good on the pitch, the stats back him up.
In terms of average per game, Fofana is top five at Leicester for blocks, headers, and tackles. He leads them in both interceptions per game and clearances.
That’s seriously impressive for a 19-year-old kid playing for a new club, in a new country, at the top of the league.
So when Liverpool are looking at long-term options at centre-half, they’ve surely got to consider Fofana. And they might have to look soon. Of the three senior centre-halves at the club, two are 29 and coming back from injuries.
Fofana will be incredibly expensive – potentially a world-record fee – but the Reds have been there before.
A good performance on Sunday and he’ll be firmly in their sights, if he isn’t already.