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FA Cup Player Ratings: Leicester City 2-1 Everton

Who needs Jamie Vardy?

Everton v Leicester City - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Leicester City picked up their first away win and cup win in a long time, with a comeback victory over Everton. Not unlike the Middlesborough game, they got away with a few mistakes because their opposition were poor in front of goal, but nonetheless we played well and deserved something from the game.

For those of you who don’t like my ratings, it may not seem that way, but I have usually watched the players I’m rating first. These ratings are based off who sounded good on the radio and a 2 minute highlight video, so, take with several grains of salt.

Kasper Schmeichel - 8

The defence definitely play better with the Dane between the sticks and he continues to make saves that most keepers can’t.

Danny Simpson - 7

Hand on heart, I honestly don't remember his name being mentioned all game. That’s a good thing for a defender as he can’t have done much wrong.

Wes Morgan - 7

Romelu Lukaka is an absolute handful on his day, but they handled him pretty well throughout. He did score, of course, but the ball was put on plate for him and there wasn't much a CB could do.

Robert Huth - 7

Like Morgan, the Toffees’ pace and movement up front caused some difficulty early on, but ultimately was dealt with well.

Ben Chilwell - 6

He’s got quality and the commentators seemed very happy with his play. Unfortunately though, he was definitely at fault for the goal. Young players will make mistakes, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s got to count against him today.

Wilfred Ndidi - 8

Man, I’m really trying not to get excited. He’s young (much younger than Kanté) and came from a weak league (much weaker than Kanté’s), so don't expect this every week, but that was a great debut. Tackles, interceptions and he looks really strong in the air.

Nampalys Mendy - 8

He’s a very different style of player to Ndidi but was equally effective at breaking up the play, which is always important with out low possession style. (Sounded like) he was everywhere and seems to be fully fit again.

Danny Drinkwater - 8

It’s definitely reassuring to see him back out there. There wasn't much time for them to mention him between gushing about his midfield partners, but it sounded like a typical Drinky performance and he was involved in a very neat move for the 2nd goal.

Marc Albrighton - 6

I guess most of the play was down one side. Much like Simpson, I don’t really remember any mentions of Albrighton. That’s more of a problem for a guy playing as the 3rd most attacking player.

Demarai Gray - 8

Another promising performance. He seems to be developing a good rapport with Chilwell down the left and put the ball into dangerous areas a few times, including for the goal.

Leo Ulloa - 6

We’ll have to wait a little while to hear the extent of his injury, it seems, but we could use him with Slimani away. The current system won't work if no one gets up near him, though.

Ahmed Musa - 8

The end of the first half wasn't great and the team took a while to adjust to a completely different player up top. Things looked very good when they did, however. His finishing is up and down but can be very good and he’s a very capable Vardy replacement. The second goal was excellent.

I haven’t seen a player this quick in a long time - Ian Stringer, who has spent the last 4 12 years watching Jamie Vardy every week.

Christian Fuchs - 7

Again we were shown that Ranieri still trusts Fuchs much more to close out games, but that’s fine by me. He’s a calm and assured defender.

Bartosz Kapustka - 10


Not a perfect display, but a good one certainly. The midfield 3 definitely seems like a system to keep up, especially when we’re short on forwards. My Man of the Match is Ahmed Musa, he did score both goals after all. I couldn’t argue if you said any of the midfielders either.