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Piper exclusive: Why Maguire struggles at Man Utd & Chilwell due Chelsea success

Former Leicester City winger Matt Piper has praised the club's decision to sell Harry Maguire.

Maguire was bought for £12m from Hull City in 2017 and then transferred to Manchester United for a world-record £80m two years later.

Leicester have won praise for the Maguire deal after the 27-year-old's patchy form since Project Restart.

An offseason incident in Greece, which saw Maguire arrested by authorities, has been compounded by a number of poor performances both for United and England.

United fans are hoping Maguire will improve, but Piper doubts if the England international would be willing to work on his weaknesses.

"I think Harry Maguire is a top player, but going to Man Utd with some of the discrepancies that he has in his game, they have got highlighted now at that level," Piper told Tribalfootball.com.

"To be a top centre-back you've got to be good in the air, quick across the ground and it helps if you can play with both feet. (Maguire) being so right-footed hinders him a lot. Even in defending because he doesn't even go for tackles with his left-foot. He jabs at it with the outside of his right-foot and he's too easy to beat.

"Does he want to get out and start using his left-foot and start trying to start re-engage with the development side of his game, I don't know if he does, I don't know how many top level players who want to do that."

The Foxes have sold a number of star players in recent seasons, but have still managed to stay competitive amongst the Premier League's 'big six'.

Despite losing Maguire in the summer of 2019, the Foxes spent most of last season in the top-four and eventually finished in fifth.

England left-back Ben Chilwell was sold this past summer to Chelsea for £50m, with Timothy Castagne brought in as his replacement.

Brendan Rodgers' side look set to once again challenge the status quo in English football, and Piper thinks the club's recruitment deserves praise.

"That's why Leicester and their recruitment and decision making of when to sell players (is great), I think they've only got one drastically wrong in recent times and that was (N'Golo) Kante, but that was only because the clause was already in his contract when he went to Chelsea. The Maguire deal was unbelievable for the skillset of the player.

"I think they got the Chilwell one right. He's a top defender who will go on to do great things at Chelsea. But I think Castagne is more the profile of what Brendan Rodgers wants in his back-line."


Matt Piper's autobiography, Out of the Darkness, is out now on Pitch Publishing, which you can purchase here.

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