Rodgers admits Leicester City ‘needed’ more signings but were impacted by ‘huge distractions’

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Rodgers speaks on Leicester Credit: PA Images
Rodgers speaks on Leicester Credit: PA Images

Brendan Rodgers has conceded that Leicester City “needed” more signings during the summer but they could not do so due to some “huge distractions”.

The Foxes are yet to win in five Premier League games and they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United on Thursday night at The King Power Stadium.

Jadon Sancho scored the only goal of the game as Man Utd picked up their third straight victory in the Premier League.

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Wesley Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel departed while Ademola Lookman’s loan expired. Alex Smithies and Wout Faes were the only players they brought in before the transfer deadline.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha explained their restricted transfer approach in his programme notes ahead of Thursday night’s game which ended with boos at the final whistle after Jadon Sancho’s goal proved enough to give United all three points and leave the Foxes bottom.

“I’m happy that the window’s shut, if I’m being honest,” Foxes boss Rodgers said. “I mean, there were huge distractions for this window.

“You’ll have read the programme notes and seen the situation that the club is in, so to have to watch virtually every single club in the top five leagues get players in and for us not to be able to improve, that was difficult, not just as a manager but for the players, because players want to compete.

“This group have shown that they can compete, but we needed (help) – but unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get that.

“So, in terms of the results, it’s my responsibility. I take that.

“We should have won by now. We’ve been in a couple of games and in really good positions, but we weren’t able to see it through, so I totally understand it.

“Supporters want to see the team win and if they’re not, they’ll tell you.

“So, for us, we won’t hide behind the rock and go away. We’re ready to fight now but it’s going to be really, really important that the supporters really get behind the players.

“As I said, it’s a really, really challenging situation with not being able to freshen up this team and this group of players.

“We really need their encouragement and help to push the players through.

“We’ll get a win sooner rather than later but we really need them behind us and that’s important.”


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