Jamie Vardy could still be a Leicester City player next season, but there’s a chance he might not be. His future is still up in the air and the Foxes may yet need a new striker to lead the line in 2016/17.
Watford captain Troy Deeney already appears to be an early front runner, at least according to to the rumour mill, but which other forwards could the Foxes consider this summer?
Here’s a look at eight…
*Number of goals in 2015/16 refers to combined league, domestic cup and European tallies
8. Benjamin Moukandjo
Current Club: Lorient
Goals in 2015/16: 13
Leicester’s strong scouting network in France has brought them Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante in the last two and a half years, so there is plenty of reason to believe the club will look across the English Channel again at some point this summer.
For Lorient, Benjamin Moukandjo began last season on fire. The Cameroonian scored 11 times in his first 15 games of the campaign. Although the goals did dry up somewhat after Christmas, the talent is obviously there.
7. Andrea Belotti
Current Club: Torino
Goals in 2015/16: 12
Young Italian forward Andrea Belotti enjoyed a promising season with Torino in 2015/16, scoring double figures in Serie A in his only his second year in the top flight having started out in the lower leagues with AlbinoLeffe.
Belotti is not the tallest or most physically imposing, but he works hard for the team and defends from the front.
6. Arkadiusz Milik
Current Club: Ajax
Goals in 2015/16: 23
The latest young star to impress at Ajax, Arkadiusz Milik has already appeared on Leicester’s radar, although the Foxes are yet to express anything other than informal interest at this moment in time.
The 22-year-old Pole is strong in the air and on the ground, and this summer’s European Championships will be a good chance for fans to get a good look at him in action.
5. Shane Long
Current Club: Southampton
Goals in 2015/16: 13
Shane Long’s movement and pace up front would certainly suit Leicester’s current system, while his ability to play in a number of attacking positions would be a huge asset as well.
He scored seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances as a central striker last season and his future at Southampton remains unknown given Ronald Koeman’s expected imminent departure to Everton.
4. Saido Berahino
Current Club: West Bromwich Albion
Goals in 2015/16: 7
Saido Berahino’s form took a nosedive last season, but that was the result of a lack of regular playing time and rock-bottom confidence rather than his ability as a footballer.
It’s abundantly clear the 22-year-old needs a change of scenery. He remains a lethal and clinical finisher when given opportunities, the type that Vardy had developed into, and has just 12 months left on his West Brom contract.
3. Wilfried Bony
Current Club: Manchester City
Goals in 2015/16: 8
Don’t be fooled by Wilfried Bony’s lack of goals at Manchester City. The Ivorian plundered more than a goal per game in his final season in the Eredivisie and proved in 18 productive months at Swansea that he’s a more than capable Premier League striker.
Bony just needs chances, the likes of which he was never going to get at City on more than an ad hoc basis behind Sergio Aguero, and later the emerging Kelechi Iheanacho.
2. Ahmed Musa
Current Club: CSKA Moscow
Goals in 2015/16: 15
Ahmed Musa is a player that has already been linked with Leicester for some time and Vardy’s departure may provide the perfect opportunity to finally bring the Nigerian in after months of speculation.
The diminutive striker has the kind of searing pace that will frighten even the most accomplished of Premier League centre-backs, as shown when he terrorised Manchester United in the Champions League before Christmas.
1. Vincent Janssen
Current Club: AZ Alkmaar
Goals in 2015/16: 29
Vincent Janssen was European football’s breakout striker of 2015/16, netting 29 goals in all competitions at the age of just 21. He’s noted for his finishing and hold up ability, while he scored his first senior international goal against England in March.
Cynics will say it’s easy scoring goals in the Netherlands and point to several Premier League flops. But it’s important to remember the likes of Luis Suarez, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Dennis Bergkamp and the impact they had in England.