A sluggish start, fall behind, play better, salvage result, and lather, rinse, repeat. Leicester City’s knack for looking like a completely different team from one half to the next is wildly frustrating, but perhaps it signals a team on the brink of a breakthrough. Regardless, the 3-1 win over struggling Huddersfield Town was needed.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6.5
Aside from a few moments early on there really wasn’t anything for him to do.
Daniel Amartey - 7
Surprisingly replaced Ricardo Pereira and made a good case for himself to keep the job. He was active in defense and made an impressive five tackles, four clearances, two blocked shots, and one interception (whoscored.com).
Jonny Evans - 6.5
Perhaps reacted a half-second too slow on Huddersfield’s goal but it would be hard to place significant blame on him. Really didn’t have too much to do for the rest of the afternoon.
Harry Maguire - 8
It was a stellar day for Maguire that saw him dominate on both ends of the pitch. He made five clearances and four interceptions and ventured forward often. He made 76 passes with 87 percent pass accuracy and drew a Madders-esque four fouls.
Ben Chilwell - 8
With Madders drifting in from the left often, Chilwell was tasked with covering much of the flank by himself and looked good doing so. He was steady in defense and was credited with a stunning five key passes.
Wilfred Ndidi - 7.5
He seemingly has no intention of giving up his title of tackle king of the Premier League as he contributed six on the day, as well as three interceptions and three clearances. He also led the team with 79 passes on 89 percent accuracy.
Nampalys Mendy - 7
Tied Wilf with 79 passes, but he completed 93 percent and on several occasions made probing passes into the box. He also made three tackles, two interceptions, and two clearances.
Rachid Ghezzal - 5
Started the match for the third straight time, but struggled to make any impact and was substituted at the half.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 8
Got a surprise start and showed why he should find himself in the XI more often. He scored City’s first goal on an excellent counter that he started and finished impressively. He also played a tremendous ball to assist Jamie Vardy’s goal, and finished the day with four key passes.
James Maddison - 8
He, once again, was City’s creative spark. Seemingly fouled just outside of the box over and over again, and made the absolute most of his free kicks. He lobbed in a number of beautiful deliveries from them that could have led to goals, but eventually decided to take a shot himself that the keeper could not save. He was just as good in open-play as well.
Jamie Vardy - 8
Looked re-energized with the support of Iheanacho. He was generally a nuisance for the Terriers and had several attempts at goal. He assisted Nacho’s goal on the counter and later chipped the keeper for the team’s third and final goal.
Demarai Gray - 7
Came on for Ghezzal at the half and influenced the proceedings by floating around the pitch and linking well with teammates.
Marc Albrighton - 6
Came on for Iheanacho in the 76th minute but didn’t do too much.
Shinji Okazaki - 5
Came on late in the 84th minute of a game that was already decided. Couldn’t do much.
The game started shakily, but turned into an easy one for the Foxes. They controlled the game and finished with 62 percent possession and 18 shots, eight of which were on target.
There were legitimately four or five players who could make a case for Man of the Match. Vardy and Iheanacho each had a goal and an assist, Maguire and Chilwell each contributed huge amounts to attack and defense, and Madders was the controlling force in attack and set-piece specialist who bagged himself the winning goal. As much as I would like to name them five-man co-MOTM, I feel like that would be a cop-out. Ultimately, I believe it was James Maddison who should be named Man of the Match, simply because I’m not sure any of the other candidates would have looked as good in attack if not for his creative input. That makes three straight Fosse Posse MOTM designations for Madders. King.