There could be some very difficult decisions to make over the next few weeks as Leicester City boss Claude Puel takes a careful look at players that he considers surplus to requirements, having hinted that he wants to trim his squad during the January transfer window.

“We need to reduce a little the squad because we need to give game-time for some players and keep all the time a good mentality and positive attitude,” Puel told reporters at a press call, indicating that January will be more about allowing unwanted players to leave, rather than potentially bringing in additional reinforcements.

Given that several players are out of contract at the end of the season, now would seem like the right time for the club to decide whether to offer new deals or, alternatively, get ready to offload those who aren’t expected to feature in the plans of Puel during the second half of the campaign.

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According to reports in the Leicester Mercury, heading the list of possible departures is 30-year-old Andy King, who has spent half his life at Leicester City, having joined the academy aged 15. As an exemplary servant of the club, although King still has a year left to run on his contract, every assistance is being given towards making his departure as smooth as possible as he seeks regular game time elsewhere.

Somewhat in no man’s land this season so far in the middle of the Premier League table, while there’s little fear of being involved in a relegation tussle, the latest football betting odds for Leicester City at 25/1 to finish in the top six suggest the Foxes aren’t expected to be among those challenging the European places, either.Nevertheless, aiming to finish as high as possible in the Premier League remains the clear objective for Puel, who has placed a lot of faith in Leicester’s fine array of talented young players thus far. Among the particular highlights are Wilfred Ndidi, James Madison, and Ben Chilwell, who are among the best performing players during the course of the season to date.

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Meanwhile, experienced players who were key contributors to the magnificent 2015-16 Premier League title triumph, such as Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki, now face uncertainty over their futures at the club. Neither have featured regularly under the French coach, although both appear to have clubs ready and willing to move for them once the January transfer window opens.

Following his return to English football with Fulham, who are languishing at the foot of the Premier League table, Claudio Ranieri appears keen to swoop for both Simpson and Okazaki, reports at clubcall.com have suggested. The pair could provide an important boost to the fortunes of the Cottagers, with the Italian keen to bolster his squad with players he knows well.

Despite having failed to play a single minute this season, Christian Fuchs has insisted he wants to stay and fight for his place, even though he plans to leave the club next summer when his contract expires. Finally, just a year after joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2018 for £22 million, Adrien Silva could also be heading back to the Portuguese outfit on loan, having struggled to adapt to the English game.