Leicester sign German international keeper Ron-Robert Zieler

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Leicester City have announced the signing of the German international Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover 96, for an undisclosed fee. The keeper has signed a four-year contract tieing him down to the club until at least 2020.

It has been widely considered a very surprising move by the Foxes, given the impeccable form of first choice shot-stopper Kasper Schmeichel last season.

However, perhaps the signing is to provide Schmeichel with genuine competition for the number one shirt rather than simply replace the Dane.


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Schmeichel is expected to sign a new five-year deal with a hefty pay rise at the King Power Stadium - putting an imminent exit further in doubt. As he didn't miss a single minute of the title-winning campaign, it is almost certain the Tinkerman has simply provided his trusty number one with some competition to keep him on his toes.

But what of the other goalkeepers at Leicester, don't they have what it takes to rival the Dane? Most likely, no.

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While Mark Schwarzer has obviously got a plethora of experience, he hasn't played very often over the past few years and if we're being completely honest has been past his best for some time now. Not a bad option for the bench but as time goes on, newer and younger alternatives must be explored.

Also on the Leicester payroll is Ben Hamer. Hamer has proven himself to be very capable when called on due to other absentees, but has never seriously challenged the Foxes' number one.


He has only made a handful of appearances since joining the club and most of his experience is at the lower levels of English football. Last season, he was deemed surplus to requirements as he was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Bristol City over the course of the campaign. Again he's another competent option doesn't have the ability to challenge Schmeichel - let alone replace him.

Zieler on the other hand, has experience in a competitive league, having made over 200 appearances in the Bundesliga in the last five years.

The 27-year-old is also a capped international and although he didn't play, he was part of the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup.

During his time with Hannover he made more saves than any other goalkeeper with an impressive 520 stops. Despite this accolade, he has not been selected by Germany for this year's Euros, but Joachim Low's big talent pool of goalkeepers to choose from did limit his chances.

So it is pretty clear that Leicester have simply bolstered their goalkeeping options.

This is something that needed to happen, especially with the side set to compete in the Champions League for the first time. The club will have more games at a higher level than they have ever experienced before and may need to rotate if suspension or injuries mount up.

Ranieri has identified a potential weakness in the squad and started acting quickly to ensure Leicester have the most comprehensive squad possible to deal with the various rigours and challenges of being the defending champions.

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