Schmeichel BENCHED by Nice and Fuchs is an MLS cult hero – where Leicester’s title winners are TODAY


Winless Leicester went into the international break rock bottom of the Premier League, after a disastrous run of form and a destructive transfer window at the King Power, although they have the chance to move off the foot of the table against Nottingham Forest on Monday.

Rewind seven years, and Leicester were on track to producing one of — if not the — greatest underdog story in sporting history.

Sportsmail has taken a look at where Leicester’s title-winning team from 2015-16 has ended up amid a difficult period for the Foxes.

Leicester City famously lifted the Premier League trophy in 2015-16 under Claudio Ranieri

Kasper Schmeichel

The Danish stopper opted for a fresh start this summer after 11 years at the King Power, completing a shock free transfer to Nice in August.

And it seems the move has caused a handful of issues for both parties.

While new Foxes No 1 Danny Ward has struggled to step up to the plate, Schmeichel has failed to assert himself as the undisputed first-choice keeper in France, sharing minutes across all competitions with Marcin Bulka.

The 35-year-old’s entourage asked owner Jim Ratcliffe to start him in the first match of the season, but Schmeichel found himself on the bench instead, having reportedly arrived with a ‘very high’ body fat percentage.

Nice chose not to play goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in their opening match of the season

Nice chose not to play goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in their opening match of the season

Danny Simpson

After spending five seasons at the King Power, the right-back left to join Huddersfield in 2019 before embarking upon a new chapter with Bristol City.

Simpson left the Championship club in March following just over a year with the Robins, after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

The Manchester United academy graduate has since kept himself busy playing poker online with his former team-mate Danny Webber, regularly advertising his poker live streams on Twitter.

Danny Simpson left Bristol City by mutual consent in March 2022 and is still without a club

Danny Simpson left Bristol City by mutual consent in March 2022 and is still without a club

Robert Huth

The towering centre-half was an instrumental part of Claudio Ranieri’s title-winning side, rolling back the years with some traditional ‘no nonsense’ defending.

It’s a style of play Huth is more than proud of, referring to himself on social media as an ‘ex-shirtpulling, elbowing, body checking’ Premier League winner.

Since his retirement in 2018, the 38-year-old has completed a Master of Science in Sports Directorship degree, swapping his boots for books.

Self-proclaimed 'ex-shirtpulling' defender Robert Huth has completed a sports science degree

Self-proclaimed ‘ex-shirtpulling’ defender Robert Huth has completed a sports science degree

Wes Morgan

Hailed as the Foxes’ ‘Captain Fantastic’, Morgan left the club in the most fitting manner in 2021, lifting the FA Cup in his final campaign. 

The Jamaican centre-back has since become a member of the Premier League Black Participants’ Advisory Group, hoping to lead the way for more diversity in football.

Morgan, who revealed he had no interest in becoming a manager after retirement, has been doing plenty of work for Soccer Aid and UNICEF, amongst other charities.

Wes Morgan, 38, became a member of the Premier League Black Participants¿ Advisory Group

Wes Morgan, 38, became a member of the Premier League Black Participants’ Advisory Group

Christian Fuchs

Leicester’s dependable former left-back has undertaken several business ventures since exiting the King Power in 2021, starting up his own eSports team called No Fuchs Given and football academy called Fox Soccer. 

Since hopping across the pond to star for Charlotte in the MLS, Fuchs has stormed to second in shirt sales behind LAFC star Gareth Bale.

Fuchs even revealed in 2016 that he would one day ‘seriously’ consider becoming an NFL kicker after he retires from football for good. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Charlotte left-back Christian Fuchs is second in MLS shirt sales behind LAFC star Gareth Bale

Charlotte left-back Christian Fuchs is second in MLS shirt sales behind LAFC star Gareth Bale

N’Golo Kante

Arguably the most successful former Fox on the list, Kante went on to win another Premier League, the Champions League and the World Cup following his move to Chelsea in 2016.

The 31-year-old has spent the majority of this campaign on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge, suffering from a series of knee problems and muscular issues.

With Graham Potter now at the helm, Kante will be hoping for a fresh start after a turbulent few months in west London.

Chelsea star N'Golo Kante has spent most of this season on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante has spent most of this season on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge

Danny Drinkwater

The central midfielder left Leicester for £35million to join Chelsea in 2017, after playing a pivotal box-to-box role with the title-winners.

However, his move to the capital was nothing short of a disaster — and the Blues went on to loan him out four times in three seasons between 2019 and 2022.

Having returned from his loan spell at Reading and still without a club following his release from Chelsea this summer, Drinkwater’s career remains in freefall.

Outcast Danny Drinkwater was released by Chelsea in the summer and remains a free agent

Outcast Danny Drinkwater was released by Chelsea in the summer and remains a free agent

Riyad Mahrez  

For anyone who thought Mahrez’s scintillating display during 2015-16 was a flash in the pan, the Algerian has more than asserted himself as a world-class talent at Manchester City.

Adding seven domestic trophies to his portfolio since joining in 2018, the winger has kicked on from the triumph in 2016 and carved out a fruitful and lucrative Premier League career.

Despite his trophy success, Mahrez sees much less of the pitch these days, starting only two league matches so far under Pep Guardiola this campaign.

Riyad Mahrez has won seven domestic trophies since swapping Leicester for Man City in 2018

Riyad Mahrez has won seven domestic trophies since swapping Leicester for Man City in 2018

Marc Albrighton

The reliable winger is one of only two players from Ranieri’s starting line-up to still be at the club, alongside Leicester legend Jamie Vardy.

Whilst perhaps not flaunting the skillset of Mahrez, Albrighton has remained an integral part of the Foxes’ recent successes, featuring in their FA Cup final triumph and Champions League quarter-final in 2017.

The 32-year-old has yet to play a single minute for Rodgers this season — perhaps the loyal midfielder could help solve the Foxes’ crisis after the international break.

Only Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy remain at the King Power from Ranieri's starting line-up

Only Marc Albrighton and Jamie Vardy remain at the King Power from Ranieri’s starting line-up

Shinji Okazaki 

The Japanese international spent four campaigns with Leicester before moving to Malaga, Huesca and Cartagena.

Following the expiry of his contract this summer, Okazaki teamed up with international team-mate and former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa at Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense V.V. last month.

The 36-year-old is currently the highest active goalscorer for Japan, sitting third in the all-time charts with 50 international goals. 

Shinji Okazaki now plays in Belgium for Sint-Truidense V.V. alongside compatriot Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Okazaki now plays in Belgium for Sint-Truidense V.V. alongside compatriot Shinji Kagawa

The rest of the squad: Where are they now?

Goalkeepers

Ben Hamer: Watford

Mark Schwarzer: Retired

Defenders

Daniel Amartey: Leicester

Yohan Benalouane: Novara 

Ritchie De Laet: Royal Antwerp

Liam Moore: Reading

Marcin Wasilewski: Retired

Midfielders

Nathan Dyer: Retired

Demarai Gray: Everton

Gokhan Inler: Adana Demirspor

Matty James: Bristol City

Andy King: Bristol City

Jeffrey Schlupp: Crystal Palace

Forwards

Andrej Kramaric: Hoffenheim 

Tom Lawrence: Rangers

Leonardo Ulloa: Retired

Jamie Vardy

The striker’s record-breaking campaign was followed by seven superb seasons leading the line at Leicester, in which he boosted his tally to 133 Premier League goals.

Vardy, who was dropped by Rodgers for Leicester’s hefty defeats by Brighton and Spurs, still avidly remembers the moment they won the title at his famous party in 2016.

‘It was literally just a get-together,’ he told Bleacher Report in March. ‘It got to half-time and we’d all had a few beers obviously watching the game. 

‘As the game went on, it started getting a bit closer with Gary Cahill scoring first and then Hazard put it in.

‘I mean, I was doing a somersault on to the settee. Wes [Morgan] was getting dragged around my kitchen by his feet. 

‘But as full-time went, it was the complete opposite. You just had your little celebration and everything went into silence. 

‘Everyone took themselves off into their own corner and tried reflecting on it as best they could themselves.’ 

Claudio Ranieri 

The iconic manager was axed by Watford in January 2022 and has yet to find his route back into management.

His warm character and quirky methods at Leicester inspired a Cinderella story for the ages, but he has struggled to produce anything of real significance since.

Despite his prickly end at the King Power, Ranieri admitted that Leicester still holds a very special place in his heart.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Leicester will be in my heart for all my life. I had won things around Europe before but never the title. 

‘This time, I won the title and Leicester and the fans will always be in my heart for me.’

Foxes legend Vardy dropped to the bench for Leicester's heavy defeats by Brighton and Spurs

Foxes legend Vardy dropped to the bench for Leicester’s heavy defeats by Brighton and Spurs

Ranieri was axed as Watford head coach in January 2022 and has yet to find a new club since

Ranieri was axed as Watford head coach in January 2022 and has yet to find a new club since



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