Shinji Okazaki to get a chance again

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It was announced on Tuesday evening UK time that Brendan Rodgers would move from Celtic to Leicester City. As the Northern Irish man looks to bring success back to the 2016 English Champions he is likely to give players a second chance. This could mean that Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki could be back in with a chance of first-team football.  

Okazaki looking to restart a career 

Shinji Okazaki has been with Leicester City since 2015, his signing came in the summer of that year following his transfer from German side Mainz 05. In this time he's seen the downs of fighting relegation and the ups of winning the league and playing Champions League football.

This season the 32-year-old however as looked well off the first team as he's only played a total of 198 minutes all season in the league. It looked like this would mean that he would be away in January but in the end, nothing materialised and he remained with the English club.

Then by the looks of things the former boss Claude Puel did not rate the Japanese forward. Although his views on the player now do not matter as the Frenchman was sacked after picking up only one win in 2019.

Rodgers looking to freshen things up 

Things though are expected to change under new management and it's widely expected one of these changes will be to give Okazaki more game time. As it will be presumed the attacking play that Rodgers used with Celtic and Liverpool will be adopted with his Leicester side too. If this proves to be the case then the Japanese forward would fit perfectly into that setup.

As with a strike force of Okazaki and Vary the side will be able to play an attacking pressing game which worked so well for Rodgers with Celtic and Liverpool. Meanwhile, it would be expected with the young legs of James Maddison behind the pair the side could turn their fortunes around.

The change of manager worked straight away too on Tuesday as Leicester defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 albeit Rodgers was not in the dugout just yet. Okazaki was on the bench for this game too as he came on in the last minute to replace Maddison.

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