Beating Chelsea to the signing of prolific Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric will be seen as a coup for Leicester, but with goalscoring far from Nigel Pearson’s side’s biggest problem so far this season, spending £9m on the 23-year-old seems risky.
Kramaric is hot property after racking up a barely-believable tally of 28 goals in 31 all-competition appearances this season for Prva HNL side Rijeka, which includes a hat-trick against Dutch outfit Feyenoord in the Europa League.
He also has two in three Euro 2016 qualifying matches for his country, having only made his debut under Niko Kovac in September, and looks no flash in the pan after racking up 99 senior strikes over 178 matches since starting out at Dinamo Zagreb.
The 5ft11 forward may well prove a bargain at just under £10m, but such a fee surely equates to a large chunk of Pearson’s January spending power, although other forward players have been linked with moves to the King Power Stadium.
Mainz’s Japan international Shinji Okazaki, who has bagged 23 goals in 47 Bundesliga games over the past 18 months, is the latest expensive-sounding frontman talked about in Foxes circles, and Leicester are also thought to be one of the clubs monitoring Jermain Defoe’s movements.
Not many rumour mills are churning out news of Leicester looking at defenders, despite their ropey backline shipping just two fewer strikes than QPR, whose 35 concessions is the most in the Premier League so far this season.
Sticking with Wes Morgan, Liam Moore, Paul Konchesky and Ritchie de Laet as a first-choice back four looks the best way for Leicester to prove 11/20 odds right by going straight back down to the Championship.
At the other end of the pitch, Leonardo Ulloa, Jeffrey Schlupp, Dave Nugent, Riyad Mahrez, Esteban Cambiasso and Jamie Vardy haven’t been nearly as out of their depth.
All but the latter, who has three top-flight assists to his name, have scored at least a couple of Premier League goals, while £8m man Ulloa notched five in his first five Foxes games, suggesting he’s no mug.
Swoops for the likes of Kramaric and Okazaki may excite fans, but Pearson would be better served going for Spurs’ out-of-favour right-back Kyle Naughton, and seemingly unloved Crystal Palace centre-half Brede Hangeland.
More than anything else, Leicester need fresh thinking in defence between now and the end of the campaign.