Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City manager will not blame their poor form on the new players at the club.
The current Premier League holders are hovering above the relegation zone at 14th position and are clear by two points, despite big money signings in the 2016-17 season.
The foxes acquired the likes of Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy for eight-figure amounts during the transfer window. However, they’ve only impressed in the UCL, where they’ve made it to the last 16.
But Ranieri is not pointing fingers at Leicester’s recruitment team, insisting all players need time to adjust to a new club – just like Riyad Mahrez did when he signed from Le Havre in January 2014.
“The recruitment is very good and I’m very happy,” Ranieri told reporters ahead of Saturday’s away game against Sunderland.
“But it’s not always certain when you bring in new players that they start very well.
“Riyad Mahrez started in his second year. If he needed six or seven months, imagine [how it is for] the others.
“If we compare with last season, we are missing everything, but the spirit is the same.”