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Premier League Player Ratings: Leicester City 2 - 0 Newcastle United

It may have been boring, but at least it was a boring win

Newcastle United v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

For maybe the first time all season Leicester City started the game on the front foot and that didn’t change for the duration of the game. Yes, Newcastle was / is bad, but that doesn’t change that a comfortable 2-0 victory is good news for the Foxes.

Kasper Schmeichel - 7

As far as shot-stopping goes it was pretty uneventful, but he did some good work with his feet (and one not so good moment) including one flashy touch past a pressing defender.

Daniel Amartey - 7

Held firm in defense again and this time he managed to avoid being guilty of a foul throw!

Narrator: “Newcastle did not score.”

Wes Morgan - 6.5

The defenders had very little to do on the day, but he was solid aside from one break where he got caught forward and was too slow to even attempt to run back.

Harry Maguire - 9

He did just about everything: made two last-second potential goal-saving tackles, drew a penalty with a shot in the box, and finally scored a goal from a corner. He was dominant.

Ben Chilwell - 7

He once again was tasked with covering the entire left side of the field as James Maddison drifted inside, and once again held his own.

Wilfred Ndidi - 8

Added four more tackles to his impressive season tally and won five aerial duels.

Nampalys Mendy - 8

Papy was all over the field once again and broke up many of the Newcastle’s limited attacks. He racked up three interceptions on the day.

Newcastle United v Leicester City - Premier League
Nampalys Mendy being his tiny self.
Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ricardo Pereira - 7

Started on the wing instead of in defense and played well in the first half, but drifted as the game went on. Somehow, however, he racked up seven tackles. Maybe he can defend, just not in his own half.

Kelechi Iheanacho - 6

Got the start again but couldn’t find a way to influence the game much.

James Maddison - 8

He had another very good day and piled up five key passes. His deliveries on set-pieces were dangerous throughout the game and one of them found Harry Maguire’s head for the second goal.

Jamie Vardy - 7

He, like Iheanacho, wasn’t very involved but he did comfortably score a penalty.

Marc Albrighton - 6

He was surprisingly left out despite Demarai Gray’ injury but came on in the 73rd minute. He was his usual self in his limited minutes. This may become habit.

Vicente Iborra - 6

Came on in the 84th minute and was comfortable in his role.

City controlled the game from start to finish and picked up an easy three points. The nature of the game made for an easy day for the players, but a few stood out nonetheless.

James Maddison once again impressed, but his string of Man of the Match awards comes to an end. The game’s MOTM was the one and only Slabhead, otherwise known as Harry Maguire. Claude Puel said it was his most complete performance of the season and it would be hard to disagree.