One of the hallmarks of Leicester City’s success last season was the ability to keep picking up wins even when they weren't at their best. This was by no means a bad performance, but they certainly took a long time to hit their stride, so to come away with such a comfortable 3-0 win over Watford is a great result.
The Hornets were bad, that was part of it for sure, but there were also a lot of positive to take away (as you should probably expect from a three goal win). In particular, it was great to see the attacking players linking up much more effectively than they have been recently; we’ve been relying on great individual moments or set pieces a lot, rather than well worked team goals like Albrighton’s.
Kasper Schmeichel - 8
If the rumours about a possible move to Manchester United are true, it’ll be a big loss, but it’s hard to blame him. He’s a Champions League quality player.
Danny Simpson - 7
Great defensive work without ever standing out, minimal attacking impact without being a liability. He’s nothing if not consistent.
Yohan Benalouane - 8
Exactly the sort of game our CBs love. Hold them at arms length and let them take long shots or put longer balls into the box, which inevitably find a defender and come straight back out.
Robert Huth - 7
Another very solid performance. It’s odd to think his career looked over a few months ago.
Christian Fuchs - 7
He spent a lot of the game on the ball, without doing anything of much note (good or bad) with it.
Riyad Mahrez - 8
He’s slowly, slowly edging his way back towards good form. It wasn’t the prettiest goal ever, but it’s exactly the sort of chance he was putting away every time last year.
That was vintage Mahrez, beating Gomes at his near post. How did he get that through that gap? #LCFC— Rob Tanner (@RobTannerMerc) May 6, 2017
Danny Drinkwater - 6
Will he technically get an assist for the first goal? Maybe, but other than that he wasn't his usual self on the ball. Struggled to show his usual energy off it too and I wasn't surprised to see him come off. He’ll have earned a summer off.
Wilfred Ndidi - 8
Doesn't see the ball as much as his partner, but he’s becoming pretty efficient with it when he does, and he sure can blast them in. His main contributions still come in breaking up play, in the air or on the ground.
Marc Albrighton - 9
He’s been up and down, but I thought he had a fantastic day, regularly causing defenders problems with his dribbling or his distribution. The goal was well worked by everyone, but that shouldn't take away from an inch perfect finish.
Marc, you saw when he scored how he and his team mates reacted. The crowd's reaction showed he much he's appreciated - Shakespeare on Albrighton. We appreciate you too, Marc!
Shinji Okazaki - 5
He does a lot of hidden work for the team but, for a player in that central role, 18 touches is just not nearly enough in 62 minutes.
Jamie Vardy - 8
He didn't bring his shooting boots and it might've been four or five if he had, but he was everything else right and laid off some great chances for his teammates.
60 - Jamie Vardy has now been involved in more PL goals than any other @LCFC player (41 goals, 19 assists), one more than Muzzy Izzet. Fox. pic.twitter.com/34ukg2zgQC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 6, 2017
Islam Slimani - 7
One of the better cameos I’ve seen from him lately, and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets another chance to start. For all of Shinji’s clearly superior close control, Vardy and Mahrez just seem to be much close linked when Slimani is the one between them.
Andy King - 6
I’m starting think there’s somewhere between League One Andy King and World Class Andy King. The one who just fills in and gets the simple jobs done properly.
Demarai Gray - 6
I’d be frustrated if I were Gray, too. With his potential, he’d be starting regularly for plenty of teams in the same part of the league as us, but he rarely gets the chance to make an impact. I get the feeling that if Mahrez doesn't move on this summer, Gray might.
Very hard to complain about a 3-0 win of any kind. If every win was so comfortable i’m sure my chest would hurt a lot less frequently. My Man of the Match is Marc Albrighton, who was involved in almost all of the good parts of our play.