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Moving Target – Harry Maguire

Leicester City completed their first move of the summer transfer window with Thursday’s signing of Hull City defender Harry Maguire for an undisclosed fee, reportedly worth £17 million.

The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Foxes and will link up with his new team-mates in early July ahead of their pre-season training camp in Austria.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Maguire revealed that the Foxes fought off interest from a number of clubs to secure his services, while the former Sheffield United player outlined what Leicester fans can expect from their new signing:

“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club. He showed me the way that the club is going… With my experience in the Premier League, overall I set my sights on defending, but I can play with the ball at my feet and I’m comfortable doing so, so hopefully, I can show the fans that.”

The History

Maguire came through the ranks of his hometown club Sheffield United to make his first-team debut at the age of 18 as a substitute against Cardiff City in April 2011.

He made four further appearances for the Blades during the 2010/11 campaign, but couldn’t prevent the club from being relegated to League One.

Maguire established himself as a regular starter the following season, making 44 league appearances, which yielded one goal and four assists.

He would make a further 85 league appearances over the following two seasons, registering eight goals and three assists, playing predominantly at centre-back.

His impressive performances prompted interest from both Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the Tigers eventually snapping up the young defender in a deal worth £2.5 million in July 2014.

Maguire only made three Premier League appearances for Hull in 2014/15 though, with the defender sent out on loan to Championship outfit Wigan Athletic during the second half of the campaign, where he tallied one goal and an assist in 16 outings.

The Tigers were then relegated back to the Championship, but Maguire again struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in 2015/16, making just 24 league appearances.

It was only last season when Maguire established himself as a regular starter, playing 29 league matches, tallying two goals and two assists as the Tigers again suffered relegation.

Maguire made once appearance for England U21s against Northern Ireland in November 2012 but has yet to be capped at senior level.

The Prospects

Following a hugely impressive campaign – particularly once Marco Silva took charge at the KCOM Stadium – Maguire’s stock has soared rapidly.

He’ll arrive at Leicester to compete primarily with experienced duo Wes Morgan and Robert Huth – along with Yohan Benalouane – for a berth in central defence. However, he could also offer competition and cover for Danny Simpson at right-back.

After keeping 15 clean sheets in the 2015/16 title-winning campaign, the Foxes recorded just nine shut-outs last term.

Morgan struggled with back and hamstring injuries during the tail end of the season, and with the Jamaican and Huth aged 33 and 32 respectively, bolstering their centre-back options was a clear priority.

Maguire will be expected to command a regular starting role and with Morgan still the club captain at the King Power Stadium, it may be Huth who is most at risk.

Comparing the trio’s underlying statistics from last season, it was Maguire who clearly boasted a greater goal threat, averaging an attempt every 67.9 minutes, superior to both Huth (112.7) and Morgan (173.6).

Indeed, Maguire was second only to Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso for shots from inside the box among Fantasy Premier League (FPL) defenders, registering 24 over the course of the season, one less than the Blues wing-back.

His attacking strengths mark Maguire out as a rare talent at centre -back and perhaps a major target in FPL terms.

The former Sheffield United defender has produced goals and assists throughout his career; with a direct threat from dead-balls and also as a presence in the box at set-plays.

His defensive statistics are also strong in comparison with his new Leicester team-mates.

Despite making four Premier League starts at right-back, Maguire bettered Morgan for minutes per clearance, block and interception (CBI). He registered a CBI every 9.78 minutes, compared with 10.80 for Morgan, while Huth produced a CBI every 9.51 minutes.

The gap is even wider when it comes to tackles won.

Maguire’s spell at full-back gives him an advantage here but, even so, the comparison is stark. He produced a successful tackle every 59.2 minutes last season, with Morgan and Huth winning a challenge every 173.6 and 133.1 minutes respectively.

In both cases, this could and should give Maguire a clear advantage in the Bonus Points System (BPS). Morgan failed to produce a single bonus point last season, with Huth mustering just one, whereas Maguire totalled five.

As the player himself indicates, it’s fair to say that Maguire is far more comfortable on the ball than the current crop of Leicester centre-backs – he attempted 39 dribbles, completing 29; Morgan attempted eight, with Huth daring to dribble the ball just once all season.

Maguire has the confidence and ability to bring the ball out of defence to distribute passes.

He completed 76.2% of his passes last term, again stronger than both Huth (71.4) and Morgan (67.7). That created 11 chances for team-mates, with the Leicester pair generating six and four respectively.

Maguire’s presence could change the dynamic in central areas for Leicester and bring some extra quality in possession.

This may allow Craig Shakespeare to tweak his side’s tactics somewhat, relying less on the counter-attack and perhaps beginning to build from the back and through midfield with more regularity.

Coming off their title-winning season, both Morgan and Huth were priced at 5.0 in FPL last season, and that looks the likely price point for Maguire this time around.

That could well represent value during 2017/18, but Leicester’s tough opening schedule (ars, BRT, mun, CHE, hud, LIV) means that Maguire is unlikely to attract initial investment.

That testing start will allow Fantasy managers to sit back and analyse Shakespeare’s team selection and tactics to assess Maguire’s prospects when Leicester’s fixtures improve from Gameweek 7.

With just five clean sheets with Hull last season, Maguire should deliver stronger defensive returns this time around.

There is also clear evidence that he has the tools to dominate his centre-back team-mates to rival left-back Christian Fuchs in the shake-up for bonus points.

Add his considerable attacking threat, and it’s clear that Maguire could be one of the leading options available in the mid-price bracket should Leicester build on the momentum gained under Shakespeare.

Further Reference

Harry Maguire Wikipedia

Harry Maguire Transfer Markt Page

Harry Maguire You Tube

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  1. Ogie of Messidonia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Cedric goal

    1. TorresMagic™
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      4 months, 7 days ago

      Looks an own goal.

      1. SneakyPete
        4 months, 7 days ago

        was on target.

        1. TorresMagic™
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          4 months, 7 days ago

          Look below.

      2. Ogie of Messidonia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        You are right it was going wide until the defender took a touch

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    4 months, 7 days ago

    2-2

  3. Ogie of Messidonia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Fonte fail

  4. Net Gains
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Holy moley.

    Aubameyang has said he wants to work with Klopp at Liverpool.

    1. Adam West
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      according to reports in France.

    2. fedolefan
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Think I heard Messi say he wants to work with Wenger at Arsenal.

    3. bojack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Ronaldo said he wants to work with Keith Curle at Carlisle.

  5. Lovren an elevator
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone in the slightest bit excited about Sandro Ramirez

    1. speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Forgot the question mark??

      1. Adam West
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Maybe there is a poster called anyone ?

    2. The 12th Man
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Squad filler imo. Replacing Kone or Valencia.
      I would think another would come in.

  6. Syd.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    What can I say

    Logs On

    Logs Off

    1. CloudSky
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Deep.

  7. CloudSky
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Sanchez on the bench for Chile. Looks like not quite there yet with full recovery.

    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I better remove him from my first draft then.

      1. CloudSky
        4 months, 7 days ago

        You have Alexis in your draft with Ronnie and Salah in PL? Thats so last year...

  8. Adam West
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Sky sources understand Cristiano Ronaldo is interested in the possibility of returning to Manchester United this summer.

    Is Ronaldo triple captaincy material in gw 37 ?

    1. CloudSky
      4 months, 7 days ago

      No, you bench boost in 37.

    2. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Are you not bench boosting then? Casual.

      1. Adam West
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I am using it in gw 39 . Only Sheep use their bench boost in gw 37 Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    3. Berbinho's Føre…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      And I'm interested in Jules Breach.

      1. Adam West
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I can't see that going anywhere

      2. Syd.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        These things need a mutual interest to work usually

  9. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    4 months, 7 days ago

    Chile 1-0

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      4 months, 7 days ago

      Ruled out by video referee for offside.

      1. Syd.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        So its still 0-0

  10. Pique boo
    4 months, 7 days ago

    How much do you think Ronaldo will cost in FPL

    1. Ramboros
      4 months, 7 days ago

      15m attacker.

      1. Deulofail - Reussia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        For this price I would certainly contemplate going without. Which makes it a good price. Maybe 14.5 better though

    2. pokern1nja09
      4 months, 7 days ago

      14M forward

    3. Pep
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Pray to God He doesn't come to the Prem, would ruin FPL

      1. Pukka - Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Ronaldo vs Pep

      2. Deulofail - Reussia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Disagree strongly

  11. Berbinho's Føre…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Chelsea's 60m euro bid for Alex Sandro rejected by Juventus #cfc

  12. Mlexer
    4 months, 7 days ago

    VAR is killing football

    1. Parm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Mourinho already killed it

      1. Mlexer
        4 months, 7 days ago

        more than once..

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      This place will be a shambles when it is introduced to the PL. Just look at TM's post above. First the excitement, then the anticlimax 2 minutes late.

      1. Dreams - Bolivia Giroud
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Hey boy, check out the ICC thread. Learn the song first. 😉

  13. Somalion
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Sanchez coming onto the pitch.

    Do you know who else plays on a pitch? Bayern Munich #ITKSourceTransferConfirmed

    1. Syd.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I have a few patches on my lawn could this help those patches disappear?

  14. Dammed Utd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Hey gang, anybody watch MLB baseball ⚾️ in the quiet months before the Footie starts again.

    1. Syd.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I once owned a baseball glove but never watched a game just seemed a cool thing to own at the time

  15. Pep
    4 months, 7 days ago

    First names on your teamsheet? Kane, Lukaku, Mané, Alli for me

    1. Syd.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Ronaldo

    2. GreenWind101Million
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      4 months, 7 days ago

      That's about £43m spent, got anyone else lined up?

      1. Pep
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Pedro, Sane and a 7.5 for the front 7

        1. CloudSky
          4 months, 7 days ago

          So around 66 mil for the front 7? 8x4.0 the rest of the team?

          1. GreenWind101Million
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            4 months, 7 days ago

            Apparently!

          2. Pep
            4 months, 7 days ago

            4.5 4.0

            4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0

            10 8 8 8 7.5

            13 10.5 4.5

            Radical but v interesting imo, not 100% nailed to go through with it though

            1. CloudSky
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Dont think you are getting Lukaku for 10.5, nor one of Mane/Alli for 8. Looks at least 2 mil short.

              1. Pep
                4 months, 7 days ago

                .....Alli or Mane for the 10 slot son

    3. UnitedFan
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Kane
      Bailly/Lindelof

    4. Kun Tozser
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Butland
      Baily
      Zaha Coutinho
      Kane Jesus

    5. jimmy.floyd
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Forster
      Valencia Bertrand T. Smith
      Eriksen Siggy King Knockaert
      Kane Benteke Austin

    6. bojack
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Whelan, Fletcher, J Benteke.

  16. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
    4 months, 7 days ago

    If Cameroon score and don't copy Vargas's celebration, that'll forever be a prime opportunity missed

    1. El cafetero
      4 months, 7 days ago

      are they actually that good, and how did Vargas celebrate??

      1. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
        4 months, 7 days ago

        No, and Vargas and a couple of Chile players all sat down and pretended to read a book until it was disallowed

  17. CloudSky
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Highest conversion rate in the Premier League 2016/17 (10+ goals):

    O. Giroud (35.3%)
    S. Mané (34.2%)
    F. Llorente (33.3%)
    H. Kane (32.6%)

    1. Deulofail - Reussia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      H

    2. Legomané
      4 months, 7 days ago

      HSOF

  18. Syd.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    C'Mon Tommy do it for Fleetwood

  19. Syd.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    It is this time of night you realise that you got a bit too much sun today

    1. Ronny Hotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      And drank too much?

      1. Syd.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I had about 8 tins so I am not too bad hoping to stay awake for the golf

  20. Bullardog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Hazard to RM and Ronaldo to Chelsea?

    1. Deulofail - Reussia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Not for a hit

      Bahahahahaha

  21. Berbinho's Føre…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Italy fans throwing a load of fake notes at Donnarumma is brilliant.

    1. Mílanista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      The game got delayed while officials cleared them up 😆

      1. Syd.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        *while officials filled their pocket

        1. Mílanista
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Raiola will get them.

          1. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
            4 months, 7 days ago

            He doesn't have to get them. They'll find their way into his pocket eventually

  22. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Sanchez misses sitter, Vargas offside goal x2

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      4 months, 7 days ago

      Try again 😛

      1. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
        4 months, 7 days ago

        You and me both 🙂

      2. Mlexer
        4 months, 7 days ago

        this VAR is a bit like a comedy

    2. Kuntheman(c)-★Balegium★
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Sanchez rounded the keeper, stalled, and then got his shot blocked off the line. Vargas scores rebound. Originally disallowed, now it counts.

      Sane would've scored there 😉

  23. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Are Fleetwood and Harman midgets or do they employ giant caddies?

    1. Spike - GABONIADINI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Camera angle

    2. Syd.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I think Harman is a short arse but his caddy does appear to be quite tall

  24. Alan_T
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    What do people make of Aguero's prospects next season?

    Going to be entering a number of draft leagues and struggling to decide how much of a priority he should be....

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Nobody loves him more than me but this will be the first time I don't own him when available.

      Time to say goodbye

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Unless he's 11m of course 😉

        1. Legomané
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I'm fascinated to see how FPL price Aguero and Jesus. Will they take the easy way out and price them identically, or will they dare to price Jesus lower or higher knowing the former will result in a Jesus-wagon...and the latter, bringing the game into disrepute.

    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Blurred may be a good word.

      Nobody knows what Pep will do with all his players...maybe even including Pep himself.

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Blurred is the word

    3. Heels_Over_Head9355-102577_…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      What draft leagues?

      Auction?

    4. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Gotta pick someone who plays every game. I'd rather Mané or King or Siggy in a draft league.

  25. Syd.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Thinking of going to see "A night with Rory McIlroy" with special guest Pep Guardiola hosted by James Nesbitt

    Anyone suggest any questions that they want me to ask him?

    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Yes.

      How much was his hair transplant and when will he ever be making another series of "cold feet"....

      1. Syd.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Might not get much sense from our Jimmy he is usually well oiled

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Good actor though.

          1. Syd.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            He certainly is. Never got into Cold Feet myself but from what I hear it was a very good show

      2. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        They are making a new series of Cold Feet

    2. Legomané
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Can't think of anything much worse than a night with Rory, all the charisma of a bamboo towel rail 🙂

      1. jarvish - Fashanu Zealand -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        lol a bit harsh

  26. Berbinho's Føre…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Chelsea to step up efforts to sign Alex Sandro and Tiemoué Bakayoko https://t.co/uMCTKERhqU #cfc By @domfifield

    Thanks for the memories Marcos Alonso 😆

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      We won't sell Alex Sandro.

      1. Berbinho's Føre…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I don't see why you should. He's probably the best left back in Europe. Guess every player has a price.

        1. KingNidge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Marcelo says hi

          1. Berbinho's Føre…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Not as good defensively as Sandro. Hell of a player going forward.

            1. KingNidge
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Don't know much about Sandro tbh mate but that's likely a fair statement although i love Marcelo.. dogs danglers he is

          2. PKW - Mbokani Faso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Only thing Marcelo is good at is being a dirty player and cheat

            1. KingNidge
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Good at that too mate yep

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 7 days ago

                He's no Pepé

            2. Somalion
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Also at winning La Liga and the CL.

              1. KingNidge
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 7 days ago

                And this

  27. Gravless are for Kinnear
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Where is everyone?

    1. UnitedFan
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Lurking...

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Oh right. I didn't get the memo. I'll go back to lurking too

        1. UnitedFan
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Good man. Keep the head down.

    2. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Hold your horses... I'm here!

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Hi

        1. FPL Kangaroo - Blindian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Boing..Boing..

  28. The Big Fella
    4 months, 7 days ago

    I can't wait for the FPL to open again. I am so lost without it. Following all the transfer news is so tantalising though........

    1. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      As a Pool fan, ours is very quiet and uninspiring

      1. The Big Fella
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Rodriguez and Aubameyang linked to Liverpool isn't bad at all!

  29. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Money for transfers and linked with everyone....

    Man City? Check
    Chelsea? Check
    Man Utd? Yes
    Everton? Looks like it!

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs seem quiet?!

    1. The Big Fella
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Arsenal have probably had to change their transfer plans at the last minute. Who will want to go to them now? Spurs is a bit more difficult as they already have the best first 11 in the league IMO. It is not possible to say where they would be greatly improved. Just extra depth needed for CL. Liverpool have been linked with a few players but no movement yet. I think they will sign a few though.

    2. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Most speculation is just speculation. Don't get carried away.

    3. Berbinho's Føre…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      It's always best to judge transfers at the end of the window. City's Bernardo deal aside, no relatively big transfer has gone through yet.

  30. Gravless are for Kinnear
    4 months, 7 days ago

    London! Again!!

    1. Berbinho's Føre…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Yet again. This one is being treated differently be the media though, no mention of a specific word...because you know why.

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I don't understand why they won't use the T word. Who is actually going to be offended if they call him a T?