Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham provided unexpectedly tough opposition (or expectedly, depending on how much you love Claudio) for Leicester City and were perhaps unlucky to come away with just one point. Once again, a James Maddison goal was the difference maker for the Foxes.
Kasper Schmeichel - 8
The Dane made two outstanding saves early on and dealt with pressure well for much of the night. Some may blame him for the goal as it went through his legs, but the power of the shot from such a short distance make it hard to blame him for.
Danny Simpson - 6
There is a notable difference between him and Puel’s other fullbacks, but he managed well enough defensively. He was responsible for a game-high seven clearances.
Wes Morgan - 6
Made five clearances of his own in addition to two tackles and two interceptions. He did, however, squander two chances from set-pieces and commit a foul in a dangerous area.
Çağlar Söyüncü - 5
It was a stark difference from his performance against Southampton just about a week ago. He looked steady for much of the early going but somewhat unraveled after that. Allowed the opposition to retrieve the ball on the end-line of the box on one occasion and was responsible for letting Aboubakar Kamara free for Fulham’s goal thanks to a poor slide.
Ben Chilwell - 7
There’s not much you could say about his performance in this game that hasn’t been said already this season. Aside from a few poor crosses early on it was a routine day for Chilly.
Nampalys Mendy - 6.5
It wasn’t a bad performance by Papy, but he didn’t make quite enough of a difference in the middle of the park. He provided a few timely defensive interventions, but not enough to atone for his ineffectiveness in attack and subpar (by his standards) passing completion rate (79 percent).
Wilfred Ndidi - 6.5
It was another fairly poor day in possession for Wilf, but on the other end he provided six interceptions and won seven aerial duels.
Marc Albrighton - 7
Started on the right wing whipping crosses in and ended at right back making overlapping runs. If only there was somebody who could get on the other end of his crosses.
James Maddison - 8.5
Once again Madders was the best Fox on the pitch. His involvements were a constant threat and by the end of the match he had totaled an impressive five key passes, as well as his second goal in as many games.
Fousseni Diabaté - 6.5
Diabaté’s involvements became somewhat sparse as the game progressed, but in the early going he looked to be a threat. He pushed forward and attempted to break lines - more than many of the other players - without trying to do too much as he has in the past. Still, he was justly subbed off for Demarai Gray in the 54th minute as his influence had waned.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 5.5
Iheanacho’s inconsistent form is puzzling and that didn’t change in this game. He wasted a big chance early in the game when he was one-on-one with the keeper and hit a shot directly at him. After that point he wasn’t ineffective as much as just uninvolved.
Demarai Gray - 7
His performance was somewhat opposite of Diabaté’s. At times he attempted to do too much, including one instance late on where he had about three men in the box and Albrighton overlapping in tons of space only to choose to dribble towards the end-line and hit a pass off the defender. Still, he made a difference by connecting well with Okazaki in the build-up to the equalizing goal.
Vicente Iborra - 6
Came on in the 70th minute and made 10 touches. None were very impactful.
Shinji Okazaki - 7.5
Came on in the 71st minute and had a crucial involvement by linking up superbly with Demarai Gray and then delivering a perfect ball into Maddison for the equalizing goal.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
A chance to climb up to sixth in the table was squandered as the Foxes couldn’t seem to reach their best. Instead, they find themselves down in ninth, though still just one point back from sixth.
There were a number of disappointing Leicester City performers in this game, but two or three Foxes stood out for good reasons. Of those, it was James Maddison who stood above the rest and was once again the Fosse Posse Man of the Match. The spark he has provided to this team is truly special.