Despite losing on penalties to Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon, it was a successful day for Brendan Rodgers and his staff, with 22 players each getting 45 minutes of playing time.
Exported in the summer transfer window, Leicester introduced the trio of Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Ryan Bertrand. The new arrivals got their first minutes in a Foxes’ shirt.
Here is how the trio got on in Leicester’s pre-season friendly versus Sky Bet League One proposition, Burton Albion:
Zambian center forward, Patson Daka, had some big boots to fill, replacing Jamie Vardy, as he started the pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon. The 22-year-old showed his capabilities in the first half, showing his desire to pressure the defense off the ball and bring the ball forward when on it.
The youngster struggled for the correct service in the game and didn’t get the clear-cut chance he would have been hoping for. Daka looks quick off the mark, and from what Leicester fans have already seen you can tell his similarities to Vardy.
The £23 million pound signing from RB Salzburg showed the Foxes’ fans a glimpse of what he can do. He’ll be hoping he can get on the scoresheet when his side next play, against Wycombe Wanderers.
Boubakary Soumare started the game in midfield, partnering Leicester academy graduate, Hamza Choudhury. The French Ligue One champion looked composed at the center of the park and controlled the midfield.
Soumare showed a good range of passing and magnificent vision. The French 22-year-old impressed in his first half of football for Leicester and looks like an exciting signing ahead of the new season. The former Paris Saint Germain youth player was always looking to bring the ball forward, and create chances for his side.
Soumare has shown his qualities already in a Leicester shirt, arguably being the best player on the pitch in the first 45 minutes. Soumare will be hoping he can produce at the level he did next week against Wycombe to attempt to break into the strong Leicester midfield containing Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans.
The former Southampton wing-back didn’t see a lot of the ball in the first half, but did his job well in the left-back role as he maintained his position and denied Burton's counter-attacks. Bertrand made positive runs throughout the game as he looked to over-lap 18-year-old Tawanda Maswanhise on occasions.
Bertrand played in a four at the back containing Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu and himself. The 2012 Champions League winner looked comfortable in the back four and showed signs of promise in the first period.