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Leicester Stock Watch: Maguire stands out

The Foxes failed to break out of their rut over their last two games.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The last couple of weeks have not been great for Leicester City. The two most recent games resulted in two lackluster draws and a continuation of a troubling trend where the team struggles to perform up to their potential for a full 90 minutes.

Between the own-goal from Stoke City and the late heroics required against Bournemouth, it took some luck for the Foxes to walk away with the two points they did. Regardless, there were a few performances of note from Leicester’s own:

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Harry Maguire: Over this time period Maguire has been the Foxes’ most consistent player. He has continued to dominate on the defensive end and even upped his offensive output. Between the two games he combined for eight shots attempted and five successful dribbles. Though he didn’t actually end up contributing to a goal, he did come incredibly close on a number of occasions.

Oh yea, it was also his birthday on Monday. Happy belated, Harry!

Wes Morgan: The captain is back! He hasn't had too much to do since his return, but he did immediately find his place as a first-choice center back again. This is likely a result of his worth as a leader and speaks to just how much that must mean. Aleksander Dragovic’s performances in his place were a pleasant surprise, so Morgan seemingly replacing him is a significant development.

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Claude Puel: The manager once again admitted to making a tactical mistake. Over recent weeks this seems to be an unfortunate recurring theme. City find themselves in a poor run of form and have not found much consistency in their team selection, formation, and effort levels. These factors are likely connected and can be traced back to the manager’s tinkering. Perhaps a fit-again Shinji Okazaki will make things easier for Puel and help the Foxes to return to form.

Leicester City v Stoke City - Premier League
Claude Puel (background center) trying to manipulate the ball with his mind from the touch-line.
Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Matty James: The longtime Leicester midfielder is currently splitting the opinion of supporters and pundits alike. Many feel his tidy passing and lack of significant mistakes have been valuable to the Foxes, while others feel he has contributed very little and is often far too passive. Without taking a side as it relates to James as an overall talent, his performance was undoubtedly closer to passive against Bournemouth.

Jamie Vardy: He was recently on a tear that saw him score in five straight games. In the last two, not only has he not scored, but he has struggled to make any significant contribution. This, of course, has more to do with the run of play and the service that he has received than anything else, but nonetheless he has performed at a level below his standards as a result.