Sunday, May 26, 2019

Leicester confirm Simpson and Okazaki departures

Leicester City have confirmed that defender Danny Simpson and striker Shinji Okazaki will leave the club this summer.

Simpson, described as “Leicester City’s reliable right-back” in the club’s tributary post on the official website, arrived to the King Power stadium in the summer of 2014, and Okazaki, “the Japanese Fox“, joined him there 12 months later. They were both a huge part of the most successful period in Leicester’s history, the crown of which was the winning of the 2015/16 Premier League title. They also played big roles in their Champions League run the following season, which can be considered to have been successful as well.

Okazaki has played a total of 128 games for the Foxes in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and proving a very efficient partner for the team’s main striker Jamie Vardy under former manager Claudio Ranieri. He had a much more prominent role to play for Japan, scoring 50 goals in 114 games and winning the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with his national side.

Simpson played a total of 131 games for Leicester and has provided a reliable option on their right defensive flank over the five years he has spent there.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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