It’s starting to get weird. For the third time in a row, Leicester City travelled to Stoke City and came away with a 2-2 draw. The Foxes seemed to have the upper hand for a lot of the game, particularly early, and could have been comfortably ahead before the half. Every team in the league can make you pay for failing to put good chances away.
Kasper Schmeichel - 9
Saved a point with the last touch of the game, and made a number of other spectacular saves throughout.
I don’t know if it is a fair result but we could have lost in the last action without the fantastic save of Kasper - the new boss is already in Kasper’s debt
Danny Simpson - 5
Puel likes his fullbacks to get high up the pitch. Simpson’s only real positives are defensive. That’s something that’s got to be worked on.
Wes Morgan - 6
There was a lot more pressure on the centre back pair today, but Morgan mostly held up well.
Harry Maguire - 5
His enthusiasm is a big part of his charm and potential - it helped him rise highest to assist the first goal - but it’s also something he’s go to rein in. Ran himself out of position for Shaqiri’s goal.
Christian Fuchs - 5
Also a long way out of position for the Stoke first. He and Maguire also had a large part to play in the defensive breakdown for the second.
Riyad Mahrez - 8
It feels like he’s starting to get there. Never looked very interested in passing, but he could have had a handful of goals.
Wilfred Ndidi - 9
I don’t get to say this often, but a Leicester player had more touches than anyone else on the pitch. Wilf achieved it with his usual defensive prowess, while keeping his passing above 80%, a big improvement on his early season form.
Vicente Iborra - 8
This rating is as much about what he did as it is what happened when he was gone. He helped keep things ticking, scored a good goal, and things really fell apart without him. Thankfully, the injury is nothing major.
Iborra had been screening the near post at corners before he went off. His presence was missed for Crouch's goal #LCFC— Rob Tanner (@RobTannerMerc) November 4, 2017
Demarai Gray - 7
Looked very dangerous in the early going, but couldn’t keep it up later on. Nearly created a lot of chances, which isn't as good as creating a lot of near misses.
Shinji Okazaki - 6
Got his first chance for a start under the new boss and failed to really make an impact. 100% passing is good, but not when you only attempt 8 in 60 minutes.
Jamie Vardy - 7
A constant handful for the back three, as ever. Spurned the one good chance he got, but worked hard to create them for others.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 6
Made as much of an impact in 30 minutes as Shinji did in 60, but it still wasn’t much.
Andy King - 6
Will take a lot of flak for how things went after his introduction, but he made no glaring mistakes and wasn't individually a problem.
Marc Albrighton - 4
We barely had the ball after he came on, which explains his one touch and 0 passes, but not so much his 0 defensive contributions.
It certainly wasn't the boring football we were promised from Claude Puel (Southampton have scored just 9 from 11 without him this year). The Foxes looked dangerous throughout, but pretty week at the back as well. A lot of pressure was put on Wilfred Ndidi, who has returned to last year’s form and fully earned Man of the Match.