But the only one not feeling the pressure of being the England international’s replacement is Soyuncu himself.
In fact, the 23-year-old’s only mistake this season came during their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United when he gave away the penalty – soft in Brendan Rodgers’ eyes – which was ultimately the winning goal.
But the Foxes boss was full of praise for Soyuncu ahead of their match at home to Tottenham on Saturday.
“It’s only when you work closely with him when you appreciate his qualities,” he said.
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“For a modern-day centre-half, he’s what you’d want. He firstly wants to defend, he’s aggressive in the air, he wants to defend forward, physically he’s got good strength, he’s quick and covers the ground well and he can play.
Soyuncu was even compared to Germany international Mats Hummels by talkSPORT’s European football expert Andy Brassell.
Harry Maguire is reportedly still hoping he can finalise his move to Manchester United before the summer transfer window deadline tomorrow.
However, according to Sky sources, United’s move for Jerome Boateng is also in the pipeline as the Foxes turned down an offer of £60million for Maguire.
Told reports that Jerome Boateng turned down a move to Man United for football reasons are wide of the mark. Boateng wants to move to United and Jose Mourinho wants to sign him. Maguire also still hoping United will sign him. One source says £60m bid already turned down.
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