Leicester City’s ace defender Caglar Soyuncu has been charged by boss Brendan Rodgers to up his game and take charge of The Foxes’ defence in the absence of veteran defender, Johnny Evans.
Soyuncu’s best performances for the Foxes have come alongside Evans, who has yet to play this season due to an ongoing foot problem, but Soyuncu has played alongside Daniel Amartey in Leicester’s opening two matches this season.
And with Wesley Fofana and recent signing Jannik Vestergaard also out injured, the Turkish international would have to shoulder greater responsibility.
Rodgers feels the 25-year-old needs to show better leadership qualities so that he can be relied upon now that Evans is unavailable.
“Every centre-half, if they’re not a talker in the game, needs to play alongside someone who is,” said Rodgers.
“Jonny, whether it was with Harry Maguire, whether it was with Cags, whether it was with Wesley (Fofana), is the talker in the back-line.
“Your two centre-halves are your tactical decision-makers in the game – they are so important as they dictate the depth of your team.
“That’s something we’ve looked at from the game the other night. You have to be communicating, you have to be shortening the pitch as a back four.
“That was the big problem for us, and when you don’t do that, you leave too much space.
“This game, when the opposition have the ball, it’s about denying space and for the likes of Cags, he’s still a player who has had a lot of experience in this league, but obviously has had a couple of seasons now and that’s something he will improve on that side of his game.”
The duo of Soyuncu and Amartey gave a disastrous display for Rodgers on Monday night as Leicester lost 4-1 at West Ham, with Soyuncu giving the ball away for the second goal and being turned too easily for the third.
Rogders’ Leicester side will travel to Carrow Road to face newcomers Norwich on Saturday.