5 Players to Help the Foxes Fill the Void If Riyad Mahrez Leave Leicester This Summer

The Riyad Mahrez transfer saga rumbles on, as Roma are the latest club to throw their hat into the ring for the wantaway winger.


The Algerian played a part in Leicester's two Premier League Asia Trophy games, but still appears to have his mind set on exiting the King Power Stadium this summer. 


Here are five potential replacements should Leicester lose of the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year. 

1. Demarai Gray

The 21-year old made a number of appearances last season from the bench and certainly made an impact when he was given an opportunity.


His strike against Derby in the FA Cup was a wonderful solo effort, and his first Premier League goal against Man United was also one for the memory bank. 


Gray also scored twice for the England Under-21s over the summer and his electric pace and rocket shot suggests he should be given a chance to fill the huge boots of Mahrez should the opportunity arise.

2. Adrien Silva

Leicester were linked with Adrien Silva in January but failed to land their man with a £20m bid.


Reports in Portugal suggest that the Foxes will look to make another bid - this time in the region of £26m,


Silva has spent 10 years at Sporting CP, making 232 appearances and scoring 38 goals. 


Should Leicester sell Mahrez then he could be one of the more realistic options for the Foxes to reinvest the money. 

3. Kelechi Iheanacho

Leicester have been pursuing Iheanacho for most of the summer but now look set to land their man. The Foxes have agreed a £25m fee with Manchester City for the highly rated Nigerian striker.


While it would not be a like for like replacement, Iheanacho would be able to provide the goals of Mahrez from the previous two seasons. Mahrez has 28 goals in the last two seasons while Iheanacho has 21. 


He could certainly score Mahrez's goals and provide a good partnership with Jamie Vardy.

4. George Thomas

The 20-year old Welsh striker is highly rated and Leicester have emerged as the front runners for the Coventry man's signature. 


Thomas enjoyed a good season in a difficult Coventry campaign, which saw the club relegated to League Two. He also scored in the Sky Blues' EFL Trophy Final over Oxford United at Wembley.


Thomas has not been given a squad number by Coventry City and looks set to make the short journey down the M69 to join Leicester. 


While it would be a big ask to expect him to step into Mahrez's place straight away, he looks to be one for the future. 

5. Harvey Barnes

Another youngster who already on the Foxes' books, Barnes recently signed a new deal that will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2021. 


He made his first team debut in the Foxes' 5-0 Champions League defeat in Porto before being loaned out to League One side MK Dons.


Barnes made 21 appearances at Stadium MK, scoring six goals. Leicester recently announced that Barnes won't be loaned out for the 2017/18 and will fight for his place in the first team with or without the presence of Mahrez. 


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