Another week full of Foxes football, and this week was one that was filled with draws, but draws that yielded crucial points for the side. Last Saturday, the Foxes tied with Tottenham at White Hart Lane thanks to Ahmed Musa's equalizer just after the start of the second half. Later in the week, they earned an important point in the stalemate with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.
They were some exciting moments to these draws and there were some dull moments along the way as well. However, with over 180 minutes of football, there is plenty for us to digest from the team’s play.
Over the past few weeks, one positive that we have seen has been the development of Ahmed Musa in the side. When he arrived during the summer, his speed and attacking prowess were immediately notable assets that stood out. Unfortunately for Musa, other than some good play in the International Champions Cup, he struggled to adapt the style of play that Claudio Ranieri wants to see in the side. Really for the first part of this season, we have not seen the best of the Nigerian as he has been trying to adjust to the style of Leicester City
However, the past few matches, the light bulb seems to have turned on, and Musa has shown his skill, particularly against Crystal Palace and last Saturday against Tottenham.
Providing the equalizing goal in the 48th minute, helping the Foxes earn a valuable point on the road in the Premier League. Musa's emergence could be an encouraging sign, as he adds a valuable depth in the attack. He is making the correct runs, finding space and starting to understand how to best connect with his teammates. With Jamie Vardy and Rhiyad Mahrez still working to find their form, the 24-year-old’s emergence comes at a good time to help offset their slower starts to the season. With a goal scoring Musa, the Foxes are much more dangerous.
Earlier this week, we learned that the Foxes will be without Kasper Schmeichel for a spell, as he broke his hand during the match against FC Copenhagen in Champions League play. Ron-Robert Zieler is strong replacement in goal for the Foxes but the injury to Kasper is certainly an unfortunate one.
Having only conceded two goals in the past two Premier League matches and no goals in the Champions League, Schmeichel has been in good form, particularly of late (see the Copenhagen match in particular). While we are certainly lucky to have Zieler, you hate to see a player go down with an injury any time, but particularly when they have been doing so well.
Let us hope for a speedy recover for Schmeichel, and seeing him back between the posts soon.
Results That Matter
While both of these last two results ended in draws, they both are two important points for the Foxes. Crystal Palace was an important result last week for Claudio Ranieri’s men in finding their scoring form. The draw at White Hart Lane is likely even more important. One of the big components to last season's championship run was the ability to collect points on the road.
This season has seen the Foxes struggle to get results on the road at all, but particularly against the "big clubs" in the Premier League. Saturday it appeared that the Foxes were rediscovering that form of finding a way to grind out important points. It was a good result for the Foxes, and yet another one that we can hope that they build on.
In addition, Leicester hasn’t conceded a goal in Champions League play yet again (thanks, Kasper) and were able to earn yet another point. With only two matches left - a home match vs. Club Brugge and a trip to visit FC Porto - they are just inches away from entering the round of 16.
Don't feel like you need to check if it is a dream folks - trust me, it is really happening. We are talking about the Foxes not just advancing to the round of 16, but the possibility of winning the group. These Foxes never cease to amaze.
Up Next: The Foxes host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the King Power Stadium.