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Leicester Stock Watch: Marc Albrighton is back

A look at who stood out as the Foxes continue to climb up the table.

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Leicester City picked up three important points at the King Power stadium with a 2-1 win over Tottenham, and another three points in a solid 1-0 win over Burnley. Under Claude Puel, the Foxes have risen to ninth in the Premier League.

This good form has come as a result of some inspired performances by Leicester’s stars:

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Marc Albrighton: It brings me great joy to finally put him on the right side of one of these lists. After a poor start to the season by Albrighton, he seems to have finally hit his stride. He regained his spot in the starting XI and made the most of it by providing Leicester’s only goal in a drab draw with West Ham, and a beautifully chipped assist for Jamie Vardy’s goal against Tottenham. And in addition to being his usual workhorse-self and those moments of brilliance, he added consistent creative spark with three key passes against Spurs. It was more of the same from him against Burnley, where he was everywhere at all times. This is the kind of form I’ve been waiting for from the English winger.

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Vicente Iborra: Vicente “The Calmest Man on the Planet” Iborra has had himself quite a month. The big Spaniard has not only settled in with his new squad, he has thrived. His permanently calm presence has fortified a midfield that has been in flux since the departure of Danny Drinkwater, and eased the burden of the Adrien Silva saga. Iborra regularly puts himself in the right positions at the right times, and rarely makes mistakes when he does. Against Tottenham, for example, he contributed a game-high 11 clearances, one of which was at the goal-line. The Burnley match wasn’t his finest, but no matter, it still doesn’t outweigh all the good he’s done in recent weeks. The 29-year-old is now an irreplacebale member of the Leicester squad.

Jamie Vardy & Riyad Mahrez: Vardy continues to be a pest for opponents. This is to be expected. But in the midweek match he broke a month-long scoring drought in spectacular fashion. A month without a goal may not sound like a big deal for mere mortals, but Jamie Vardy is not that. He is a demigod who once scored in 11 straight Premier League games, which is, of course, a Premier League record. Mahrez, meanwhile, continues to provide creative spark in every match. He seems to be back in planet-eating mode and is intent on destroying all comers. I paired these two together because they have long been City’s two most important players and appear to be simultaneously reaching the form that made them an unstoppable pair in 2015/16. Hopefully this doesn’t stop any time soon.

Honorable Mention: Hamza Choudhury - An 82nd minute substitute usually doesn’t get much of an opportunity to make an impact. For Choudhury, however, it may be one of the only chances he gets. The 20-year-old academy player was handed a surprise opportunity in a crucial moment and he made the most of it by making a key tackle on Harry Kane late in the match. The future is bright for this young Fox.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Erik Lamela (left) thanking Hamza Choudhury for allowing him to stand in his presence.
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Christian Fuchs: Things are trending in the wrong direction for the sturdy Austrian defender. Still, there is no need to panic as it’s through no fault of his own. He has long been the Fox’s first-choice left back, but that may not be the case for much longer. After missing a match due to the birth of his daughter, he returned to the team only to remain on the bench behind Ben Chilwell, who Claude Puel seems to rate highly. Whether he will find his way back into the starting lineup remains to be seen.

Thankfully, there isn’t much else to complain about after big wins against top Premier League opposition.