Ranieri: Kramaric needs to ‘smell the grass’

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 12:30

Andrej Kramaric

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says £9m Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric needs to go and “smell the grass” elsewhere as his route to the first team is blocked by three other forwards.

The 24-year-old only joined last January from Rijeka in Croatia, but he has only made six Premier League starts and scored just twice because of Vardy’s terrific form.

Kramaric made it onto our list of top ten Premier League players who are desperate for a move.

Ranieri said: “I suggested to Andrej it’s much better to go because in June there are the European Championships and he needs to play.

“If he stays here I’m very happy because he is a good player and a fantastic boy, but he doesn’t have too many chances to play.

“Andrej at the moment can see Leonardo Ulloa, Shinji Okazaki and Vardy.

“He needs to play – in my opinion he is a very good goalscorer with good skills.

“It’s not easy for him. He needs to smell the grass.”

Kramaric, who signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and five appearances in all competitions this term.

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