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The players Leicester City signed after winning 2015-16 Premier League: where are they now?

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Leicester City’s 2015-16 Premier League title triumph will unquestionably go down as one of the greatest stories ever told in footballing history.

They remarkably went from battling relegation and a 14th-place 2014-15 finish under Nigel Pearson to champions in Claudio Ranieri’s very first season at the helm.

Jamie Vardy and PFA award winner Riyad Mahrez shined brightest and there were outstanding campaigns from Kasper Schmeichel, captain Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante.

The following season was a bit of nightmare for the Foxes and it led to the beloved Ranieri getting sacked in February 2017, so what happened in the summer of 2016?

Let’s take a look at the 11 signings Leicester made during the season after they won the league (nine of them came in the summer transfer window), and where those players all are now.

Ron-Robert Zieler

Ron-Robert Zieler ended a six-year stay at Hannover by joining Leicester on a four-year deal but he simply couldn’t displace Schmeichel as first-choice goalkeeper.

After just one season and 11 appearances, ex-Manchester United man Zieler went back to the Bundesliga with Stuttgart, for whom the 30-year-old has already played 64 times.

Zieler during a Premier League match with West Brom

Luis Hernandez

Luis Hernandez made more interceptions (140) than any other player in the 2015-16 La Liga campaign for Sporting Gijon and, when his contract ended, he signed for the Foxes.

The centre-back, who joined Real Madrid’s academy aged nine, was mainly an unused substitute and returned to Spain with Malaga in January 2017 – spending a mere six months in England.

Luis during a La Liga match against Real Madrid last season

Joshua Debayo

After playing youth football at Fulham, Chelsea and Southampton, left-back Joshua Debayo signed for Leicester as a free agent with the hope of breaking into the first-team.

It didn’t materialise, and following two years with the under-23s, Debayo joined Cheltenham Town and was shipped out to Dover Athletic on loan until the end of the current campaign in October.

Nampalys Mendy

Ranieri knew Nampalys Mendy from his time as Monaco boss and was delighted to sign him from Nice for £13 million – a then-club record fee (which got broken a month later).

That said, the Frenchman only made four Premier League appearances in a miserable debut season and went back to Nice on loan for 2017-18.

Newcastle United v Leicester City - Premier League

Diminutive in size, Mendy packs a punch in defensive midfield and the 26-year-old has gone from the forgotten man to a regular this term, starting 23 of Leicester’s 31 league games so far.

Wilfred Ndidi

The Foxes splashed more cash in the 2017 January window with the acquisition of Wilfred Ndidi from Genk for around £17 million but the Nigerian has been superb.

The tough-tackler excels at covering spaces and is developing into one of the best defensive midfielders around, racking up 94 appearances (including every league game this season).

Wilfred Ndidi battles Dele Alli for possession

The energy and tenacity Ndidi provides in midfield is vital given Kante's departure to Chelsea, and still only 22, it’s no surprise that he’s on the radar of top teams across Europe.

Dylan Watts

Dylan Watts left University College Dublin AFC as a 19-year-old to follow his dream of making a name for himself but things didn’t really work out at Leicester.

Despite shining back in his native Ireland during a stint at Bohemians in the first half of 2017-18, Watts was released by Leicester and his loan expired, leaving him as a free agent.

Shamrock Rovers snapped up the silky midfielder, now 21, in July and he’s regrown his confidence ever since, scoring as recently as in this month’s 3-0 league win over Finn Harps.

Bartosz Kapustka

There were high hopes for Bartosz Kapustka, who arrived at the King Power Stadium as an exciting winger with a growing reputation in Polish football.

Bartosz Kapustka during an International Champions Cup clash against Barcelona

However, it took the youngster five months to make his senior debut and in the following summer he made a season-long switch to Freiburg, only scoring one goal.

The Bundesliga club opted not to sign Kapustka permanently, despite the fee being just €5 million, and he’s spending 2018-19 on loan at Belgian second-tier side OH Leuven.

Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa joined the 2015-16 English champions after four-and-a-half years at CSKA Moscow but only managed five goals in 33 matches for the club.

Whether it was out wide or through the middle, the rapid Musa struggled for consistency and returned to CSKA on loan in January 2018, scoring seven goals in 16 games.

Ahmed Musa looks on during a league game against Crystal Palace

The 26-year-old, who starred for Nigeria at the World Cup, sealed a permanent transfer away in the summer when he moved to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia for a reported £14.5 million.

Raul Uche

Raul Uche arrived at Leicester having left Rayo Vallecano but spent the entirety of his first 18 months in east Midlands as part of the club’s Development Squad.

In January 2018, the Madrid-born striker agreed a six-month switch to Real Betis’ reserve team and, since the completion of that loan deal, Uche’s been in Leicester’s under-23s setup.

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon took a giant step when he signed for Leicester from non-league side Stafford Rangers in April 2017 but he never featured for Ranieri’s team – only the under-23s.

Josh Gordon before a Premier League 2 game with Derby County

Last summer, the 24-year-old forward unsurprisingly sealed a deadline day switch to Walsall, where he’s scored twice in 25 League One appearances so far this term.

Islam Slimani

Islam Slimani’s club-record £28 million deal came off the back of a stunning 31-goal season for Sporting Lisbon and saw him join forces with compatriot Mahrez.

The Algerian striker never got into his stride at Leicester, scoring 13 goals in 47 matches before moving to Newcastle United on loan in January 2018.

Islam Slimani during an FA Cup replay against Fleetwood Town

Slimani didn’t register a single goal for the Magpies and the 30-year-old’s now out on loan again, this time at Fenerbahce, for whom he’s scored five times in 25 outings.

What do YOU make of the players Leicester signed after they won the league? Who do YOU think was the best signing? Leave YOUR thoughts in the comments box below!

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