Leicester City traveled to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on Huddersfield Town and left with three points. The comprehensive 4-1 victory was enough to put the Foxes in a Europa League spot, though Watford and Wolves do each have a game in hand. Regardless, there was plenty to celebrate for City supporters.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7.5
Was mostly untroubled aside from the penalty. On the two or three occasions he was troubled, however, he made impressive saves.
Ricardo Pereira - 8
Perhaps not as consistently threatening in attack as he is when at his best, but incisive nonetheless. He played a legitimately perfect cross to assist Vardy for his first goal.
Wes Morgan - 7
There was no goal for City’s new goal-machine on the day. Still, he defended sturdily and was reliable in possession.
Çağlar Söyüncü - 7.5
He gave the ball away cheaply in a dangerous area once and gave away a penalty, but upon close inspection it appears it should not have been given. Outside of those two moments he was exceptional. He tallied four interceptions and seven clearances, but impressed even more with the ball at his feet. He made one Maguire-esque line-breaking run deep into opposition territory. On one later occasion he found himself on the wing and patiently dribbled by a defender to whip in a dangerous cross. Impressive skills for a central defender.
Ben Chilwell - 6.5
Somewhat quiet on both ends. There wasn’t much to note aside from one key pass, one successful dribble, and two tackles.
Wilfred Ndidi - 7.5
Not at the perfect 10/10 level he was last time out, but still contributed three tackles, three interceptions, two clearances, and one blocked shot.
Youri Tielemans - 8.5
Proved his worth once again with a beautifully hit goal from outside of the box. He also did a fair amount of defensive work including three tackles, one interception, and one clearance.
James Maddison - 9.5
Madders was at his magical best. He completed three key passes, a whopping six successful dribbles, and drew four fouls. He played Vardy through on goal leading to his penalty, and also scored another sublime free kick. Just about all the hallmarks of what make him special were on display.
Demarai Gray - 7
Looked to push forward and break lines frequently, but couldn’t quite find the final move. Came incredibly close to scoring on two separate occasions.
Harvey Barnes - 6
Not particularly involved on the day. He had the least touches of any starter for the Foxes and only one more touch than the man who was subbed on for him in the 60th minute. Still, he had one standout moment in which his smart, quick feet almost set up a goal.
This was the best pass in the #PremierLeague this weekend and it was sooo unfortunate it wasn’t a goal. @harveybarnes97 clever touch to @Madders10 was denied by the slightest of touches by @BenHamer21 to keep it out! @LCFC #LCFC #FOXESNEVERQUIT pic.twitter.com/DRdbT9YDAC— Fezzy Bear (@TheFezzyBear) April 7, 2019
Jamie Vardy - 9
Grabbed himself two goals, albeit of the easy variety (one tap-in and one penalty). Still, he did plenty of the hard work throughout the game including drawing the penalty with a dangerous run. He also added three key passes and two successful dribbles.
Shinji Okazaki - 6.5
Came on for Barnes in the 60th minute and got himself involved plenty. There wasn’t much to show for it, but he got on the ball a fair amount.
Hamza Choudhury - 7
Subbed on in the 86th minute which normally wouldn’t result in much to judge, but Choudhury (being the machine that he is) was efficient in limited time. He completed all four of his passes, including one long ball, and made two tackles.
Kelechi Iheanacho - N/A
Third and final sub in the 92nd minute.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
The Foxes took care of business on a day where their opponents were clearly outmatched. This may seem like an easy task, but it hasn’t always been so. Things have seemed to go City’s way more often than not under Brendan Rodgers and that continued on the day.
Leicester’s stars once again shined against the Terriers. The standouts included Youri Tielemans (again) and Jamie Vardy (duh), but neither was the Man of the Match. That distinction belongs to James Maddison for his unmatched attacking influence.