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Leicester Stock Watch: Chilwell and Ndidi reach new heights

Difficult times have drawn incredible effort out of City’s stars.

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Remember, the stock watch is meant to analyze how the recent games have impacted a number of players’ metaphorical standing within the club. This is not just a measurement of who played well, but how their recent performances compare to those that came before, and to what is expected of them.

Leicester City has endured a grueling couple of weeks with the loss of beloved chairman Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. In these weeks the form of the team has been a bit unstable, yet they have managed to keep the team afloat and maintain their position of tenth in the Premier League table.

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Ben Chilwell: Chilly’s season just keeps getting better. He started the year in good form and has continued to heat up in recent weeks. He’s been designated Fosse Posse MOTM in two of the team’s last four games, but more importantly his play has earned him several senior international call-ups for England and a Leicester City contract extension. He has made a habit out of bombarding down the left wing to create some of the team’s most dangerous chances as well as most sustained pressure, all while maintaining a high level of defensive input. This visualization of Premier League fullbacks’ attacking creativity and dribbling ability so far this season shows what a special player Chilwell could be:

Wilfred Ndidi: Wilf, like Chilwell, is one of the team’s most consistent contributors. In recent weeks, however, he has upped his game to an impressive level. Since he arrived in Leicester he has been a defensive juggernaut in midfield, but he has steadily improved with the ball. This improvement has reached an impressive peak in the last few games for the Foxes where he has contributed a surprising number of key passes, shots, and even a late equalizing goal against West Ham. He seems to be getting his head to the ball from corners quite frequently, but he is also displaying more comfort and creativity with the ball at his feet.

Danny Simpson: He was thought to be completely out of the fray for the senior team. He was evidently behind both Daniel Amartey and Ricardo Pereira in the pecking order for the right back position and couldn’t even crack the bench on match days. Then, surprisingly, he found himself back in the squad and even subbed onto the pitch in difficult circumstances against Cardiff City. He was once again on the bench for the match with Burnley, though he didn’t make it in the game. Still, his return to relevancy in the squad is an unexpected development.

Bonus - Togetherness: The club has shown incredible spirit throughout this tragedy. The players, staff, and supporters have banded together to provide a lift to each other in beautiful fashion. This club continues to prove that it is one-of-a-kind.

Leicester City v Burnley FC - Premier League
Beautiful tributes for Khun Vichai.
Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

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Jamie Vardy: It has been a tough season for City’s number nine. The 31-year-old striker has scored just three goals in the Premier League this season and has mostly struggled to assert his influence in the way we’ve become so accustomed to. It hasn’t just been a lack of goals for Vardy, either, as he has mostly had trouble even getting on the ball in dangerous areas, and when he has done so he has lacked the clinical finishing that makes him so deadly. Thankfully, he seemed to be returning to form a bit against Burnley, though he was still unable to get on the scoresheet.

Health: The Foxes are enduring a bit of a difficult stretch in terms of squad health. Demarai Gray has returned from his ugly ankle injury, but unfortunately the universe has apparently taken Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Daniel Amartey, and possibly even Jonny Evans as collateral. Fortunately, Leicester City boasts tremendous depth in its squad.