立陶宛vs美国|将这支莱斯特城的球队比作冠军球队

莱斯特城在11月中旬的英超联赛中排名第二,落后利物浦8分。自从夺冠以来,莱斯特城已经完成了第12、第9和第9的排名,突然之间又要挑战冠军联赛的位置了。在过去的六个赛季中,狐狸队在顶级联赛中取得了相当大的成功,这一简单的事实可能比他们在瓶子里的闪电更令人印象深刻。

虽然在夺冠的征途中还有一些人没有离开,比如门将卡斯帕·舒梅切尔和前锋杰米·瓦尔迪,他们在人群中显得很突出,但可以理解的是,这支冠军队出现了相当大的人员流动。中场球员恩戈洛·坎特和丹尼·德林克沃特以及边锋里亚德·马勒兹都被高价卖出。两位中后卫维斯-摩根和罗伯特-胡特加起来都有35岁了(摩根仍然在俱乐部,但到目前为止只在英超出场28分钟)。

现在正在崛起,像威尔弗雷德·恩迪迪、里卡多·佩雷拉、本·奇尔韦尔和耶里·蒂勒曼这样的新星,他们想要把自己的位置写进狐狸的历史。

所以,自然地,我们认为比较这两个方面是合适的。在另一个利物浦没有以破纪录的方式统治英超的宇宙中,现在的莱斯特能否挑战冠军?唯一能找到答案的方法就是让他们去对抗那个曾经这么做过的球队。我们开始吧。门将-舒梅切尔(15/16)vs舒梅切尔(19/20)

如今33岁的卡斯帕·舒梅切尔已经成为莱斯特城的面孔之一。球迷们崇拜他的领导能力和冷静的表现,并尊重他对俱乐部的奉献精神。但他现在如何与年轻时的自己相提并论呢?本赛季,在布伦丹·罗杰斯的带领下,他12次出场,5次未失球。根据《沙发客》的评分系统,在所有有资格的守门员中,舒梅海勒的总得分在联赛中排名第二,而且他成功地做到了这一点,而没有面对大量的射门——根据UnderStat.com的数据,莱斯特城在xGA联赛中排名第四。

那么,这与2015/16赛季传奇的冠军头衔相比如何呢?那一年,舒梅切尔在38场联赛中有15场不失球,比切赫的16场联赛领先少了一场。他的场均扑救次数在联赛中排名第四,仅为2.8次,仅次于切赫和两名门将——维托·曼诺内和弗雷泽·福斯特。

的结论:平局-舒梅切尔还在玩他的老把戏,多年来一直保持着他的高水平。莱斯特城仍然处于困境之中。Wes Morgan/Robert Huth (15/16) vs. Caglar Soyuncu/Jonny Evans (19/20)韦斯·摩根和罗伯特·胡特在莱斯特城建立了一个不太可能的中后卫搭档。胡特曾效力于切尔西青年队,在斯托克城的六年时间里,他一直在英超积分榜上名列前茅,这是他效力的第四家俱乐部。与此同时,摩根已经是一名职业总冠军球员,在上个赛季他第一次进入顶级联赛。他们总共在英超联赛中出场6570分钟,在38场比赛中总共只丢了36个球。到4月,两人在盖帽上领先于前四名后卫,两人都出现在赛季末的中卫排名前15名。

今天,一个同样不可思议的情况让莱斯特城成为了联盟中最好的防守城市。23岁的Caglar Soyuncu已经成长为联盟中最具潜力的年轻中后卫之一,仅次于经验丰富的前曼联后卫Jonny Evans。多亏了这对搭档,莱斯特城是谢菲尔德联队12场比赛中仅有的两支进球数不足一位数的球队之一。Soyuncu以至少7次出场在CB的评分中排名第三,而Evans排名第11,前者是一只在空气和压力中的野兽。还有,他会运球吗?

我们完成了,但是这个太奇怪了,不能不做。

Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester 2019-20。

这是他的雷达…运球?pic.twitter.com/Jcq10C72uW

——StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) 10月3日,2019年

判决:SOYUNCU /埃文斯-韦斯·摩根和罗伯特·胡特将生活在俱乐部传说,长寿SOYUNCU潜力/埃文斯和底层数据证明他们更比one-hit-wonder并且可以大规模资产这个俱乐部前进。

后卫——克里斯蒂安·富克斯/丹尼·辛普森(15/16)vs里卡多·佩雷拉/本·齐维尔(19/20)

是2015/16赛季冠军球队中较不为人知的球迷最爱之一,克里斯蒂安·福克斯是另一个将在俱乐部传说中流传的人物。他精力充沛,在更衣室里显得很活跃。连同他的后卫搭档丹尼·辛普森,球员都似乎在下降来莱斯特-福克斯之前在他最后出场16 – 25在沙尔克在运出之前两个赛季,而辛普森两年前失去了他在纽卡的起点和QPR)度过了一个赛季的冠军莱斯特城给了他另一个英超联赛。不知怎么的,事情在克劳迪奥·拉涅利的控制下发生了变化,两个人一起离开了,这既提供了防守掩护,也为球队做出了贡献。

随着福克斯和辛普森在哈德斯菲尔德城的比赛,他们已经被英超联赛中两名最好的边后卫所取代。根据WhoScored的数据,里卡多·佩雷拉是上赛季联赛中排名第二的右后卫,仅次于特伦特·亚历山大-阿诺德,而本·齐尔维尔则获得了英格兰国家队的固定位置。“

结论:佩雷拉/ Chilwell -福克斯是一个绝对的球迷和辛普森的复兴是惊人的,但就像当前佩雷拉和Chilwell长寿为俱乐部多年来服务或成为有价值的资产,和两个已经获得个人荣誉前两人就不会实现。

防守中路的N ‘Golo Kante(15/16)对阵Wilfred Ndidi (19/20)这是近年来足球史上最有趣的球员对比之一。恩戈洛·坎特(N’golo Kante)崛起为世界上最好的防守中场之一,获得了2016/17赛季的PFA年度最佳球员,2017年金球奖(Ballon d’or list)排名第八。坎特是夺冠队伍中最重要的球员——很简单,如果没有坎特在90次铲球率(4.7次)和截球率(4.2次)上领跑联赛,莱斯特城就无法夺冠。他阻止对手反击的能力让人麻木。

然而,莱斯特城只剩下他的克隆体了。“

Ndidi。看到球。拿球。重复,直到提交。

威尔弗雷德·恩迪迪在每90分钟的拦截次数上领跑联盟,在铲球方面仅次于抢断机器亚伦·万-比萨卡,位居第二。年仅23岁的狐狸队正盯着另一个N ‘Golo Kante的脸,很多人都相信他是一个一代才能出现一次的中场球员。“

结论:N ‘Golo卡里,而Ndidi生产是一个庞大而有前途的球员一个赛季像卡里的15/16,将很难上最传奇的过去十年的表现之一,一个备份卡里的明星在过去的几年里。丹尼·德林克沃特(15/16)vs. Youri Tielemans (19/20)丹尼·德林克沃特自从转会到切尔西后就一败涂地,但不要因此而忘记他作为恩戈洛·坎特的中场搭档的表现。德林克沃特对莱斯特城来说非常重要,他在联赛中出场35次,攻入2球,助攻7球,在中场提供了一个充满活力的存在,冷静地控球和进攻e危险的前进。尽管如此,无可否认的是,与坎特为邻让德林克沃特的形象有所改善,这一点在他的职业生涯的其余时间里得到了证明。另一方面,

Tielemans,正在张贴他自己的号码,以证明他是他自己的球员,无论他在哪个位置被安排在Ndidi和James Maddison旁边。他的传球比例远远高于他的日子在安德莱赫特和摩纳哥,虽然他仍然挣扎着将球在场合,他沉重的体积(55每90,13日在non-defenders)和关键传球(每90人1.8,17日在联赛)建议从事与俱乐部有了一个重要的角色。

结论:蒂勒曼斯——当丹尼·德林克沃特对莱斯特城的运转很重要的时候,他的外围人员暗示切尔西可能应该在资金上更加谨慎。自从在摩纳哥度过了一段糟糕的时光以来,蒂勒曼斯已经取得了很大的进步,他已经成为了中场的重要一环。

攻击型中/边锋-里亚德·马赫雷斯/马克·阿尔布莱顿vs詹姆斯·麦迪森/阿约兹·佩雷斯(19/20)

里亚德·马勒兹和马克·阿尔布莱顿提供了在克劳迪奥·拉涅利的统治下完全不同的技能。(盖蒂图片社)

里亚德·马勒兹(Riyad Mahrez)成为莱斯特城(Leicester City)纪录保持者的道路有时坎坷不平,但没有比他在2015/16赛季夺冠时更高的记录。这位阿尔及利亚国脚凭借他的17粒进球和10次助攻成为了英超的明星,这一切都是为了对阵莱斯特城。他为自己创造了11.88的xG,除此之外还有一个愚蠢的目标转化率。此外,他让他的队友得到了几乎相等的11.45分,创造了20个大的机会,并以每90分钟3.5分的速度成功运球。相比之下,马勒兹的搭档马克·阿尔布莱顿(Marc Albrighton)对普通球迷来说基本上是一个容易被遗忘的球员,但他在其他方面却极为重要。在那个赛季的每一场英超联赛中,阿尔布莱顿都在帮助球队保持良好的状态,并为马雷兹的抢断提供了一个更加强硬的陪衬,福克斯在左路有重叠。本赛季,詹姆斯·麦迪森是狐狸队出色的攻击型球员,22岁的他成为了球队的关键人物。这名年轻球员在90分钟内的关键传球次数在联赛中排名第八,他自己也在一场比赛中三次出手,已经打入了4个联赛进球。尽管如此,麦迪森仍然可以创造更多的机会——本赛季到目前为止,他有23次出手助攻,据《沙发客》报道,只有2次机会被认为是“大机会”。阿约泽·佩雷斯并没有把我们在纽卡斯尔看到的那种爆发力带到国王球场,但他的三粒进球也证明了他在早期的重要性。

评价:马勒兹/阿尔布莱顿——虽然这对搭档一边倒,但这个赛季里里亚德·马勒兹为莱斯特城队赢得了冠军,这是多年来的进攻表现。麦迪森是一个非常可靠的未来资产,在这么小的年龄就做出了高水平的贡献,但他仍然有很长的路要走,以达到那个决定命运的一年的马勒兹的高度,根据WhoScored.com的数据,马勒兹是整个联盟中得分最高的球员。

前锋——杰米-瓦尔迪(15/16)vs杰米-瓦尔迪(19/20)除了舒梅切尔,杰米·瓦尔迪还是莱斯特城的代言人。他从无到有的经历让他在莱斯特城的球迷中显得很特别,自从他被提升到英超联赛以来,他的进球能力一直是球队的关键。瓦尔迪的职业生涯是从无到有的——他的顶级职业生涯已经见证了他91个进球,与他的79.5个xG相比有巨大的+11.5的差距。然而,仔细一看,你就会发现这名32岁的球员职业生涯的演变是多么引人入胜。本赛季,在仅仅12场比赛中,瓦尔迪已经取得了11个进球,而他的进球数只有5.19个,这意味着他的职业生涯中有6个进球+11个进球。狐狸队的前锋每90分钟只投中两次球,但他却进了将近一半的球——这绝对是天文数字,即使瓦尔迪的车也无法持续eer是建立在特殊的整理。

“kdsp”虽然这些数字被今年12场比赛相对较小的样本量夸大了,但它们与夺冠赛季并没有太大的不同。在那场比赛中,瓦尔迪出手115次,场均出手3.28次,其中24次得分,他的0.19 xG的出手次数与本赛季的0.21 xG非常接近。最有趣的是,他右脚进了24个球中的18个,这个赛季随着瓦尔迪在越位方面变得更加有能力,他的右脚进了4个球,左脚进了4个球,头部进了2个球。“

判决:15/16 Vardy——本赛季的杰米Vardy不是射击的卷你期望从一个前锋完成口径,他需要找到一个更高的体积,如果他想继续荒谬的目标转化率,肯定会向均值回归。

板凳——伦纳德·乌略亚/冈崎真二/安迪·金(15/16)vs德马里·格雷/哈维·巴恩斯/哈姆扎·乔杜里(19/20)如果不谈论伦纳德·乌略亚和辛吉·冈崎,就不可能谈论莱斯特城2015/16赛季史诗般的表现,他们在联赛中一共替补出场30次,经常被要求挽救积分。安迪·金成为了莱斯特城的偶像,他是莱斯特城的年轻球员,球迷们都很喜欢他。布伦丹·罗杰斯有德马里·格雷和哈维·巴恩斯为他的比赛注入活力,而哈姆扎·乔杜里是一个很有天赋的年轻球员,他已经显示出自己有能力在任何情况下完成这项工作。尽管如此,格雷——曾经是冠军阵容中的一员——并没有像许多人几年前认为的那样成为明星,而巴恩斯在21岁的时候仍然表现出了他的年龄。这个小组还没有成为真正的超级替补,罗杰斯在某种程度上不得不和他的主力组一起跑——到目前为止,英超联赛中每分钟都有5名球员上场(舒梅克尔、索云库、埃文斯、瓦尔迪、佩雷拉),而另一名球员(蒂勒曼斯)只休息了7分钟。

结论:2015/16——感觉好像每次拉涅利召集骑兵,他们都会在特定的情况下交付。格雷还没有发展成许多年前人们所认为的那种球员,而巴恩斯仍然是一个新手。

遵循@the_bonnfire“

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Leicester City sits second place in the Premier League table in mid-November, eight points back of a historic Liverpool position.

Since winning the title, Leicester City has finished 12th, 9th, and 9th and suddenly are challenging for a Champions League place yet again. The simple fact that the Foxes have managed to sustain considerable top-flight success over the course of the last six seasons might be even more impressive than their lightning-in-a-bottle title run.

While there are a few holdovers from the title-winning campaign, like goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Jamie Vardy who stand out among the crowd, there has understandably been considerable turnover from that title team. Midfielders N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater were sold for significant sums of money, as was winger Riyad Mahrez. Both members of the center-back partnership Wes Morgan and Robert Huth put together are 35 years old (Morgan is still with the club but has logged just 28 Premier League minutes thus far).

In now are rising starts like Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Ben Chilwell, and Youri Tielemans, looking to write their own place into Foxes history.

So, naturally, we thought it fitting to compare the two sides. In another universe where Liverpool doesn’t dominate the Premier League landscape in record-breaking fashion, could this current Leicester challenge for a title? The only way to find out is to pit them against the squad that did. Here we go.

GOALKEEPER – Kasper Schmeichel (15/16) vs. Kasper Schmeichel (19/20)

Now 33 years old, Kasper Schmeichel has become one of the faces of Leicester City. Fans adore his leadership and calming presence, and respect his dedication to the club. But how does he stack up now against the likes of his younger self? With five clean sheets in 12 appearances under Brendan Rodgers this season, Schmeichel is up to his old tricks. Among qualifying goalkeepers, Schmeichel ranks second in the league in overall score according to SofaScore’s rating system, and has has managed to do so without facing a ton of shots – Leicester City has conceded the fourth-fewest xGA according to UnderStat.com.

So how does that stack up to the legendary title-winning season of 2015/16? That year, Schmeichel recorded 15 clean sheets in 38 league appearances, one behind Petr Cech‘s 16 for the league lead. He had the fourth-highest saves per goal conceded total in the league at 2.8, behind just Cech and a pair of goalkeepers with higher volume in Vito Mannone and Fraser Forster.

VERDICT: DRAW – Schmeichel is up to his old tricks, and has kept his level of play high through the years. Leicester City still has a rock between the sticks.

CENTER-BACK – Wes Morgan/Robert Huth (15/16) vs. Caglar Soyuncu/Jonny Evans (19/20)

Wes Morgan and Robert Huth built an unlikely center-back partnership at Leicester City. A former Chelsea youth product, Huth was on his fourth club after spending six years at Stoke City toiling in the middle of the Premier League table. Morgan, meanwhile, had been a career Championship player, with the previous campaign his first in the top flight. Together, they logged a massive 6,570 Premier League minutes en route to a defensive performance that saw them concede just 36 goals in 38 games, one off the league’s stingiest defensive output. By April, the two led the top-four defenders in blocks, and both appeared in the WhoScored’s top 15 for center-back ratings at season’s end.

Today, an equally unlikely circumstance has led Leicester City to the league’s best defense. 23-year-old Caglar Soyuncu has developed into one of the best young center-back prospects in the league next to experienced former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. Thanks to that pair, Leicester City is one of just two teams to have conceded a single-digit goal total through 12 matches alongside Sheffield United. Soyuncu ranks 3rd in WhoScored rating among CB’s with at least 7 appearances, while Evans is 11th, and the former is a beast in the air and pressures with accuracy. Also, he can dribble?

We were done, but this one was too weird not to do.

Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester 2019-20.

This is his radar and… dribbles? pic.twitter.com/Jcq10C72uW

— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) October 3, 2019

VERDICT: SOYUNCU/EVANS – While Wes Morgan and Robert Huth will live in club lore, the longevity potential for Soyuncu/Evans and their underlying statistics prove they are far more than a one-hit-wonder and can be a massive asset for this club moving forward.

FULL-BACK – Christian Fuchs/Danny Simpson (15/16) vs. Ricardo Pereira/Ben Chilwell (19/20)

One of the more under-heralded fan favorites of the 2015/16 title team, Christian Fuchs is another that will live on in club lore. He was energetic and a lively presence in the dressing room. Along with his full-back partner Danny Simpson, both players were seemingly on the decline before coming to Leicester – Fuchs had made 16 and 25 league appearances in his final two season at Schalke before being shipped out, while Simpson had lost his starting place at Newcastle two years prior and spent a season in the Championship with QPR before Leicester City gave him another shot at the Premier League. Somehow, things clicked under Claudio Ranieri and the two took off, providing both defensive cover and overlapping contributions moving forward.

With Fuchs a bit-part player and Simpson off at Huddersfield Town, they have been replaced by two of the best full-backs in the Premier League. Ricardo Pereira was the second-best right-back in the league behind Trent Alexander-Arnold last season according to WhoScored, while Ben Chilwell has earned a regular spot on the England national team.

VERDICT: Pereira/Chilwell – Fuchs is an absolute fan-favorite and Simpson’s revival was stunning to behold, but like the current center-back pairing Pereira and Chilwell have the longevity to serve the club for years or become valuable assets, and the two have already earned personal accolades the previous duo would not have achieved.

DEFENSIVE MID – N’Golo Kante (15/16) vs. Wilfred Ndidi (19/20)

This is one of the most fascinating player comparisons in recent soccer memory. N’Golo Kante’s rise to become one of the best defensive midfielders in the world, earning PFA Player of the Year in 2016/17 and finishing 8th on the Ballon d’Or list for 2017. Kante was the most important player on the title-winning squad – quite simply, Leicester City doesn’t win the title without Kante leading the league in tackles per 90 (4.7) and interceptions per 90 (4.2). His ability to halt opponent counters in their tracks was mind-numbing.

And yet, Leicester City’s only gone and produced his clone.

Ndidi. See ball. Take ball. Repeat until submission. pic.twitter.com/D5zvW1VFjl

— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) November 12, 2019

Wilfred Ndidi leads the league in interceptions per 90 minutes and is second in tackles behind tackle machine Aaron Wan-Bissaka. At just 23 years old, the Foxes are staring another N’Golo Kante in the face, a player who many believed – rightly so – was a once-in-a-generation type midfield product.

VERDICT: N’Golo Kante – while Ndidi is a massively promising player who is producing another season like Kante’s in 15/16, it will be hard to top one of the most legendary performances of the past decade, one backed up by Kante’s rise to stardom over the past few years.

CENTER MID – Danny Drinkwater (15/16) vs. Youri Tielemans (19/20)

Danny Drinkwater has flopped since his move to Chelsea, but don’t let that cloud your memory of his performance as N’Golo Kante’s midfield partner. Drinkwater was massively important to Leicester City during the title run, scoring two goals in 35 league appearances and assisting seven more, providing a dynamic presence in midfield to both calmly hold possession and provide dangerous moves forward. Still, admittedly being next to Kante made Drinkwater look better, and that proved true through the rest of his career.

Tielemans, on the other hand, is putting up numbers of his own that prove he’s his own player outside of any lift he gets from being slotted next to Ndidi and James Maddison. His passing percentage is way up from his days at Anderlecht and Monaco, and while he still struggles with turning the ball over on occasion, his heavy volume (55 passes per 90, 13th among non-defenders) and key passes (1.8 per 90, 17th in the league) suggest Tielemans has settled into an important role with the club.

VERDICT: Tielemans – While Danny Drinkwater was important to Leicester City’s run, his peripherals suggested Chelsea probably should have been more careful with its money. Tielemans has made significant strides since his disastrous time at Monaco and has become an important cog in midfield.

ATTACKING MID/WINGER – Riyad Mahrez/Marc Albrighton vs. James Maddison/Ayoze Perez (19/20)


Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton offered vastly different skill sets that mixed well under Claudio Ranieri. (Getty Images)

Riyad Mahrez’s road to becoming Leicester City’s record sale was at times a bumpy tale, but there were no higher highs than he had in the 2015/16 title run. The Algerian international became a Premier League sensation with his 17 goals and 10 assists, doing it all for the Leicester City attack. He produced an xG of 11.88 for himself, with a silly goal conversion rate on top of that. In addition, he set his teammates up for a nearly equal 11.45 xA total, picking up 20 big chances created and dribbling successfully at a rate of 3.5 per 90 minutes. By contrast, Mahrez’s wing partner Marc Albrighton is a mostly forgettable player for casual fans, but he was massively important in other ways. Playing in every single Premier League match that season, Albrighton helped keep the shape and offered a more rigid foil to Mahrez’s marauding, with Fuchs overlapping on the left.

This season, James Maddison is the standout attacking player for the Foxes, with the 22-year-old developing into a key contributor up front. The youngster is eighth in the league in key passes per 90 minutes, and he himself is ripping off over three shots a game, with four league goals already to his name. Still, Maddison could be creating more – with 23 shot assists on the season so far, only two have qualified as “big chances” according to SofaScore. Ayoze Perez has not quite brought the explosiveness we saw in his Newcastle days over to the King Power Stadium, but his three-goal haul is also proving important early on.

VERDICT: Mahrez/Albrighton – while this duo was sorely one-sided, the season Riyad Mahrez had for Leicester City that title-winning campaign was an attacking display for the ages. Maddison is an extremely solid future asset contributing at a high level for such a young age, but he still has distance to cover to reach the heights of Mahrez that fateful year, who finished as the highest rated player in the entire league according to WhoScored.com.

STRIKER – Jamie Vardy (15/16) vs. Jamie Vardy (19/20)

Alongside Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy is the face of Leicester City. His out-of-nothing story makes him special to Leicester City fans, and his goalscoring prowess has been critical to the club ever since they were promoted to the Premier League. Vardy has made a career of scoring out of nothing – his top-flight career has seen him score 91 goals, a massive +11.5 differential over his 79.5 career xG.

Yet, a closer look provides a fascinating underscore of the evolution of the 32-year-old’s career. This season, in just 12 matches, Vardy has bagged 11 goals on an xG of just 5.19, meaning nearly 6 of that +11 career differential has come just this campaign. The Foxes striker is taking just two shots per 90 minutes, and yet has scored on nearly half of them – absolutely astronomical conversion numbers that are surely unsustainable, even if Vardy’s career has been built on exceptional finishing.

While those numbers are surely inflated by the relatively small sample size of 12 matches this year, they aren’t all that different from the title-winning season. That campaign, Vardy took 115 shots – 3.28 per game – and scored on 24 of them, and his 0.19 xG per shot is quite close to the 0.21 he is putting up this season. Most interesting, he scored 18 of those 24 goals with his right foot, a variance which has evened out this season as Vardy becomes more competent with his off side – four goals with his right, four with his left, and two with his head.

VERDICT: 15/16 Vardy – This season’s Jamie Vardy just isn’t shooting at the volume you’d expect from a striker of his finishing caliber, and he needs to find a higher volume if he wants to keep up the ridiculous goal conversion rate that will surely regress towards the mean.

BENCH – Leonard Ulloa/Shinji Okazaki/Andy King (15/16) vs. Demari Gray/Harvey Barnes/Hamza Choudhury (19/20)

It is impossible to discuss the epic season Leicester City had in 2015/16 without talking about Leonard Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki, who combined came off the bench 30 times in league play and were often called upon to rescue points. Andy King became a club icon as a Leicester City youth product who fans took a liking to, brought off the bench 16 times himself to close a game down.

Brendan Rodgers has Demari Gray and Harvey Barnes at his disposal to inject life into a game, while Hamza Choudhury is a talented young player who has shown flashes of being able to do the job himself should anything happen to Ndidi. Still, Grey – who was a member of that title-winning squad – has not become the star many thought he would a few years ago and Barnes is still showing his age at 21 years old. The group has yet to become true super-subs and Rodgers has been somewhat forced to run with his main group – five players have played every minute of this Premier League campaign so far (Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Vardy, Pereira) while another (Tielemans) is has seen just seven minutes of rest.

VERDICT: 2015/16 – It felt like every time Ranieri called upon the cavalry, they would deliver in the given situation. Gray has yet to develop into the player many believed he would years ago, and Barnes is still a raw product.

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