Brendan Rodgers: Leicester can only raise expectations when the transfer window closes


Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says expectations for this season need to be set once the transfer window closes.

The Foxes, who started the season with a draw and a loss, have so far only signed backup goalkeeper Alex Smithies during a difficult summer at the club.

All signings are largely dependent on player sales, with Chelsea having rejected two offers for Wesley Fofana and Newcastle also being rejected to sign James Maddison.

Rodgers begins his fourth full season in charge at King Power and having recently notched consecutive top-five finishes in the Premier League, expectations may need to be tempered.

“Let’s see where we are in a couple of weeks when we are in early September,” he said ahead of Saturday’s visit to Southampton.

“For me, we’ll wait and see where we are when the window ends. What I do know is that I have a group of players who are so eager to learn.

“I love working with them. It’s the longest I’ve been at a club, which shows how much I love working here with the players and getting involved with the football club.

“My ambition is to always improve and develop myself, and that’s exactly what we want to do again this year.

“If we don’t have these resources to improve and develop, we have to try to find other ways to do that. The people I feel for the supporters at the moment.

“We’re always going to try to move forward and move forward and maybe we don’t have the financial clout to be able to do anything so I would never sit in my seat.

“I’ve never been a manager in my life who likes to stand still. I’m not good at just waiting, I have to build and create.

“In order to get the best out of myself and to give that to the club, I will always try to develop myself and the team.

“Whether we have finances or not.

“In a couple of weeks, you never know, something might fall for us and then we can move on. Either way, if not, every day, from early in the morning until late at night, we will do everything we can to keep developing and to be as competitive as possible.”

Rodgers is bolstered by news of Harvey Barnes’ return from injury for the Saints clash.

Barnes missed the start of the campaign with a knee problem but has returned to training this week.

“This is great news for us,” Rodgers said. “Harvey Barnes is back in training which is really good for us.

“He looked excellent, he looked fit. He had a really good preseason so losing him in the first two games was a blow.

“He should be available but we will decide if he will be there from the start. He looked good in training. He may be available for launch, but it may not be 90 minutes. We will judge that at our last meeting.” Brendan Rodgers: Leicester can only raise expectations when the transfer window closes

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