What happened to 2016 Premier League title winners Leicester City almost six years later
And then there were four. Almost six years after winning the most incredible league title in the history of the game, Leicester City have just four of the players who achieved it on their books.
So where did all the others go? Here, we take a look at all the players from City’s title-winning side and where their careers have taken them since.
He is still City’s first-choice goalkeeper and has now spent a decade at the club, with his total of 465 appearances the third highest in club history. Over the past few years, his reputation has steadily skyrocketed, not least because of his heroism with Denmark, helping them reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
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Hamer, who did not play a single Premier League game in the title-winning campaign, has been in the Championship since leaving City in 2018. He is now at Swansea and was their first-choice goalkeeper for the first half of the season, until manager Russell Martin brought in Andy Fisher from his former club MK Dons in January.
The Australian, who won back-to-back titles with Chelsea and then City, retired in 2016. Now 49, he works as a pundit and is prominent on British and Australian television.
City’s first-choice right-back before Danny Simpson took over the role, De Laet was loaned out to Middlesbrough and ended up winning the Premier League title and earning promotion from the Championship. And he’s had a varied career since leaving City, taking on Aston Villa, Melbourne City, and now hometown club Royal Antwerp, which he manages and has represented in the Europa League over the past few years. last two seasons. They are third in the table in Belgium before the international break in March.
After five years of service, Simpson was released by City in the summer of 2019, with Ricardo Pereira taking his place at right-back and with the arrival of James Justin. He signed for Huddersfield but left after less than a season, then teamed up with Nigel Pearson again at Bristol City at the start of that campaign, only to have his contract terminated again after just four appearances.
After a superb career, City’s title-winning skipper retired last summer after persistent back problems, but not before helping the club win the FA Cup, his final touch in professional football a header to clear his lines in the final at Wembley. Now he’s doing some expertise while looking to get into the business side of the game, and he hopes to pave the way for more BAME representation in the boardroom.
Released in the summer of 2018 after an injured last campaign, the German great trained briefly with former side Stoke before announcing his retirement in January 2019. After saying he was “fed up” with football, he is now training to become a technical director in his hometown of Berlin.
A prisoner-free central midfielder, Wasilewski’s four-year stint with City ended in 2017 and he returned to his native Poland to join Wisla Krakow. He hit 40 before retiring in November 2020, with a rumored follow-up cage fighting career yet to materialize.
He was Claudio Ranieri’s first joint signing, along with N’Golo Kante, but Benalouane spent most of the winning season on loan at Fiorentina. The Tunisian returned and started both Champions League quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid, but quickly returned to the sidelines and joined East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in January 2019. He is now with the club. Greek team Aris, which is fighting for qualification in the Europa League. , even if Benalouane is a small player.
Three years after announcing he would move to the United States to join his family, the fan-favorite left-back finally made his way to the United States last summer, joining new MLS club Charlotte FC, as captain. Due to season schedules, he only made his debut last month, with Charlotte claiming their first MLS victory in their fourth outing.
Everything went downhill for Drinkwater. He barely played at Chelsea after his £35m move to Stamford Bridge and then struggled to break into the Burnley squad when on loan at Turf Moor last season. He had a loan spell at Aston Villa but failed to impress again, while a brief stint in Turkey with Kasimpasa didn’t go well either. He is now at Reading in the Championship, battling relegation, but playing regularly for the first time in a while.
An inspired signing, Kante City’s career lasted just one season, and he has since become one of the most renowned defensive midfielders in world football. A £32million signing for Chelsea, Kante won the title and player of the year in his first campaign at the club, then won the World Cup with France in 2018. Last season he was named man of the match in the final and in both legs of the semi-final as Chelsea won the Champions League.
A true club icon, King’s time as a Leicester player came to an end after more than 15 years in the summer of 2020. A brief stint with City’s sister club OH Leuven did not work out, he therefore returned to England and joined Nigel Pearson at Bristol City. , where injuries hampered his campaign.
Six years after joining, Amartey is enjoying the best season of his career at City, earning himself cult status among supporters for the way he filled in while other centre-backs were injured. He now has 110 City appearances, which seemed unlikely after his broken ankle in 2018.
Do you remember him ? Switzerland international Inler was meant to be Esteban Cambiasso’s replacement who would become a key man in City’s midfield, but he ended up playing second fiddle to Drinkwater and Kante. Leaving City after one season, he has since won two Turkish titles with Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir, and now captains Demirspor, who, in fifth place in the Super Lig, are on course for their best season ever.
A torn knee ligament kept him out of every game of the winning season, and injuries continued to hamper him even as his quality saw him relaunch his City career under Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel. Since then he has proven his fitness, becoming a favorite at both Coventry and now Bristol City.
Yet managers continue to look to him. Albrighton’s playing time has slowly dwindled season after season since winning the title, but when things aren’t going so well those in charge look to him to help turn things around, and he recently had his longest race in the starting lineup for four years. His versatility means he becomes City’s version of James Milner, while his professionalism is hailed by Brendan Rodgers and is still adored by fans.
One of the most talented and impressive players to ever wear a Leicester shirt, the crafty Algerian finally secured his desired transfer in 2018, joining Manchester City for £60million. He soured his reputation with his former club by saying he ‘wasted’ two years of his career at the King Power Stadium, but he certainly hasn’t lost any of his talent, twice helping Man City win the title. This season, he is enjoying his best form in front of goal, already scoring 22 goals.
An Academy graduate, Schlupp lasted just a few more months as a City player following the title win, and joined Crystal Palace for £12m in January 2017. There he continued to show his versatility, playing at left-back, central midfield and on the wing, while becoming a cult figure at Selhurst Park, racking up 152 appearances and scoring against his former club in a 2-2 draw in October last.
After five years of not quite progressing as expected and frustrating fans and managers with his decision-making in the attacking areas, Gray has moved on. His time at Bayer Leverkusen didn’t go to plan but he was a success at Everton, enjoying his productive season and earning a tag as one of last summer’s bargains.
Despite his prized cameos on loan in 2015-16, Dyer returned straight to Swansea and continued in South Wales until he decided to hang up his boots last summer.
His hat-trick at Bury on his debut earned him a brief Premier League outing at Bournemouth in 2015-16, but he left for Rangers at the end of the campaign. His Glasgow career never took off, and he’s been touring the neighborhood ever since. Now he’s spinning for Doncaster, who are battling relegation to Ligue 1.
Aged 35 and still defying odds, Vardy remains City’s number one striker as he continues to score goals. He has 10 in the Premier League this season, despite picking up some injuries for the first time in a very long time, meaning he now sits 14th in the Premier League all-time standings with 128. He is expected to keep play beyond his contract, which is due to expire in 2023.
Vardy’s back-up man during the title triumph, Okazaki’s importance gradually waned before he was let go in the summer of 2019. He joined Malaga but financial troubles cut that deal short and he instead signed for their Spanish second division rivals Huesca, where he won the title. The following year saw them relegated and Okazaki let go. He signed for Cartagena in Spain’s second tier and scored two goals in 28 appearances, including a stoppage-time header.
He left City to move to Mexico, but later returned to Spain, where he had initially made a name for himself. He spent a few years with Rayo Vallecano but was fired last summer and hasn’t joined another club since.
Although it never worked out for Kramaric at Leicester, he has scored consistently since joining Hoffenheim – a total of 101 in 212 games – as he helped Croatia to the World Cup final in 2018.