Thursday’s game against Claude Puel’s former employers Southampton was supposed to be the start of building for next season. Puel made several changes including replacing Wes Morgan with Aleksander Dragovic and moving Marc Albrighton to right-back in place of Danny Simpson. Unfortunately, despite some early bright moments, Leicester City was unable to capitalize and fell flat.
Ben Hamer - 7
Made a big save early in the second half and was mostly comfortable throughout.
Marc Albrighton - 7
He seemed to settle into his new role rather nicely. He was active on both ends of the pitch which could mean good things for Albrighton the right-back moving forward.
Aleksander Dragovic - 7
Replaced the captain and once again seemed worthy of his spot. He was always calm on and off the ball and finished with three interceptions and seven clearances.
Harry Maguire - 7
Made an impressive 11 clearances and was seemingly always in position ready to dismantle Southampton’s attack.
Ben Chilwell - 7
Was fairly effective in attack despite the team’s general dullness. He completed five successful dribbles and made three key passes.
Riyad Mahrez - 6
Continued a trend of choppy play with bright moments scattered throughout.
Wilfred Ndidi - 8
Dominated in his return to action and once again filled up the stat sheet with six tackles, six interceptions, and three clearances. He was everywhere.
Adrien Silva - 5
Offered little on both ends of the pitch and never made his mark on the game.
Demarai Gray - 6
Much like Mahrez it was a day with ups and downs. When he got on the ball, however, he threatened the defense with his explosiveness.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 7
Created a couple of chances within the first 15 minutes and once again showed his quality in tight spaces. His creativity and influence faded as the game went on, but overall he was still a positive
Jamie Vardy - 6
Didn’t get many looks at goal. Unfortunately, he didn’t score despite the lack of service as has become a recurring theme in the last couple of weeks.
Fousseni Diabaté - 7
Replaced Iheanacho in the 75th minute and looked threatening the entire time he was on the pitch. He repeatedly dribbled past defenders and played with a sense of urgency.
Hamza Choudhury N/A
Usually I try to give a rating to the substitutes even when they play limited minutes but it’s impossible to rate a 90th minute sub.
Harvey Barnes N/A
Same as Choudhury, but it was great to see him make his Premier League debut.
Nothing’s better than a lifeless nil-nil draw! Wait, did I say nothing? I meant everything. Everything is better than the dull affair we just witnessed. Some may even describe it as “tragickal.”
xG map for Leicester - Southampton. This is profoundly tragickal. 0.6 xG with relegation looming. pic.twitter.com/3gVLaYgv7g— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 19, 2018
Regardless, there was one major bright spot for the Foxes and that was the return of Wilfred Ndidi, who deservedly takes the Man of the Match honors.