Goals! Competent passing! Victory!
Leicester City burst out of a major slump in the final home game of the season with a thrilling 3-1 takedown of Arsenal. It was a very open game that saw many of City’s attackers thrive and it provided some much-needed entertainment for the dwellers of the King Power.
Eldin Jakupovic - 8
It was just one game and as supporters we don’t have any way to see how players perform in training, but after seeing this performance by Jakupovic it’s hard to understand how Ben Hamer could have been chosen ahead of him. He made several impressive saves throughout the game.
Danny Simpson - 6
Wasn’t at his best in his return from injury and didn’t make it the full 90.
Wes Morgan - 6
Looked shaky on a few occasions and couldn’t close down Aubamayeng in time to prevent Arsenal’s goal.
Harry Maguire - 7
Defended well with two tackles, four interceptions, and three clearances. He was also at his absolute best in attack with some successful dribbles, useful passes, and a laser beam of a one-time shot that was knocked away by Petr Cech.
Christian Fuchs - 7
Was fairly efficient as he led the team in touches and made the second most passes. He was also active in defense and tallied five clearances.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Finally played up to his talent. He showed the vision, creativity, and dribbling that make him a world-beater and he grabbed a vintage goal to seal the game. He also led the team with four key passes according to whoscored.com. However, he didn’t quite reach his peak form as he made a few bad decisions and gave the ball away too many times.
Adrien Silva - 7
Looked great on both ends of the pitch for about 60 minutes but seemingly ran out of gas after that. Overall, it was a good performance by the Portuguese midfielder.
Hamza Choudhury - 8
The 20-year-old academy product once again showed immense promise as a midfield destroyer. This time, though, he paired his defensive work with a sublime long-ball assist to Riyad Mahrez. The future looks to be extremely bright for Choudhury.
Fousseni Diabaté - 8
Speaking of bright futures... Diabaté’s movement is an incredible attribute as he seemingly never stops. He played 71 minutes and tied Riyad with a team-high four key passes. He also played a brilliant cushioned header to assist Iheanacho on the opening goal.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 8
Did very well to patiently strike the ball as defenders passed him by for the opening goal. He also did an excellent job of pressing and forcing the turnover and subsequent red card by Konstantinos Mavropanos. He appeared to up his aggressiveness a little in this one and it paid off.
Jamie Vardy - 6
Vardy was about as confident as any human being has ever been as he smashed in the go-ahead goal from the penalty spot. He also repeatedly made runs in behind the defense, but unfortunately was judged to be offside on approximately ten trillion occasions.
Demarai Gray - 7
Mere minutes after coming on in the 72nd minute he drew the penalty that won it for the Foxes. He didn’t get himself involved much after that, but his first involvement was enough.
Aleksander Dragovic - 6
Came on for Simpson and barely had a touch but also barely needed to.
Harvey Barnes - N/A
I always try to assign ratings to substitutes but this one was impossible. He was only on for a handful of minutes and literally did not record one single stat. Not even a touch. Regardless, it’s always good to see the youngster out there!
It felt great to get some enjoyment out of a game again. Despite some occasionally shaky defending, it was a great performance against a top club (ignoring their current form away from home). There were several players in contention for Man of the Match but it’s Hamza Choudhury who takes the honors. The young man not only showed promise, but ability to contribute right now. Long live Hamza.