Premier League squads 2016/17: Top four contenders ranked on their best reserve XI – from weakest to strongest

8. Leicester City's reserve XI is the weakest of the supposed top four contenders – to see our ranking of each of the top four contenders' second string, click the arrow above
7. Everton's strongest reserve XI
6. Liverpool's strongest reserve XI
5. Tottenham Hotspur's strongest reserve XI
4. Manchester City's strongest reserve XI
3. Chelsea's strongest reserve XI
2. Arsenal's strongest reserve XI
1. Manchester United's strongest reserve XI

The Foxes’ early form has suggested Claudio Ranieri’s side will struggle to retain their place in the Champions League but, as champions, a challenge for the top four is the least expected of the club. Claudio Ranieri made six additions to his squad over the summer, breaking the club’s transfer record twice. The arrival of Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa has resulted in the roles of Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki being reduced. Demarai Gray has emerged as one Foxes player to keep a close eye on. Take a look at the Foxes’ best second XI, here: Goalkeeper: Ron-Robert Zieler; Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Marcin Wasilewski, Yohan Benalouane, Luis Hernandez; Midfield: Matty James, Andy King, Bartosz Kapustka, Demarai Gray; Forwards: Leonardo Ulloa, Shinji Okazaki

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