More possession, more shots, more shots on goal, but less goals, less men, and no points. It was definitely still a deserved loss, but that about sums up Leicester City’s day. At some point the team has to start finding ways to make the results match the performances, but until then we’ll sit with the aftermath of a 4-2 loss to Bournemouth.
Kasper Schmeichel - 5
Were the goals really his fault? No, but we’ve seen him make spectacular saves in the past and he couldn’t manage one on the day so it’s a below average rating for him.
Ricardo Pereira - 4
Had a generally brutal day trying (and failing) to defend Ryan Fraser. He gave up a penalty through a handball (though the intent was questionable) and perhaps got away with another for seemingly pushing Fraser in the box.
Wes Morgan - 4.5
He still positions himself well, but there’s no speed left in his legs and that may be a problem. He was also sent off in the 70th minute, but it seemed like a poor decision by the referee. Still, there was no reason for him to give the referee anything to think about with a pointless lunge.
Harry Maguire - 5
If you just looked at the stats you’d think he had an awesome day with six interceptions, five clearances, and three tackles. In reality, he looked a bit slow and was lucky not to be sent off.
Ben Chilwell - 5.5
It a relatively quiet day for Chilwell. Many of Bournemouth’s attacks came from the other side and he didn’t burst forward quite as often as we’ve seen until late on.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6.5
Despite Bournemouth’s attack seemingly running rampant at times it was still a typically productive day for Wilf with six clearances, three interceptions, and three tackles.
Nampalys Mendy - 5
It was easy to forget he was out there as he didn’t assert any sort of influence on either end of the pitch. It was the first real lackluster performance we’ve seen from him this season.
Rachid Ghezzal - 5.5
His impact seemed to wane as the match progressed but he looks to be a talented player with a knack for solid link-up play and clever through balls and he showed it in spurts.
James Maddison - 7
He was pushing and creating more than any other Fox. His effort and influence remained consistent throughout the match and was rewarded with a goal from the penalty spot.
Demarai Gray - 5
It was a thoroughly uninspiring day for Gray as he didn’t seem to have any real impact on the proceedings.
Jamie Vardy - 6
Started the match with good energy but didn’t get too many clean looks at goal.
Marc Albrighton - 6.5
Came on in the 60th minute and made his mark with a headed goal. It was a nice moment as he got to celebrate by honoring his new-born daughter.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 6.5
Came on alongside Albrighton and carried that connection into the game by whipping in the cross that Albrighton headed home.
Jonny Evans - 5.5
Was the third and final substitute in the 83rd minute. At least Bournemouth didn’t score while he was on the pitch.
Overall it was a fairly miserably day for City supporters despite the glimpses of hope. The loss dropped the team to 11th in the table with six points from the first five games. Those totals don’t seem to reflect the team’s start to the season on the pitch, but the results are what matters.
The game was a difficult one and it’s hard usually hard to pick a Man of the Match for a team that loses 4-2, but in this one it was a no-brainer as James Maddison stood out in a way that no other Fox did. His contributions kept the team (kind of) afloat and earned him his second straight Fosse Posse MOTM designation.