The Foxes put together their most complete performance of the season with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the King Power. The team was led by living Leicester City legend Jamie Vardy who dominated the Cherries, but several players impressed.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6.5
Beaten by a tidy finish from Callum Wilson, but saved the only other shot on target. His long ball deliveries weren’t quite up to par either.
Ricardo Pereira - 7
Very active defensively with three tackles, six interceptions, two clearances, and two blocked shots. He also completed two dribbles and one key pass, but wasn’t as decisive in attack as he often is. He was guilty of two bad touches and was dispossessed once.
Jonny Evans - 7.5
Made a game-high eight clearances and was impressive in all aspects. He was commanding in defense and on the ball.
Çağlar Söyüncü - 8
He mistimed an attempt to draw Callum Wilson offside before his goal and couldn’t quite clear the ball before it crossed the line. Still, his overall impact on the game was impressive. Slabchin had more touches (97), passes attempted (82), and tackles (4) than any other player in the game. He also showed off some of the trickery that has made him a fan-favorite.
It's Çağlar's world and we're just living in it. pic.twitter.com/flWdArc07R— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 1, 2019
Ben Chilwell - 8
He returned from injury and didn’t miss a beat. He marked the opposition well, most notably Harry Wilson who was thusly unable to make a mark on the proceedings. Chilwell also provided a flawless long-ball assist for Jamie Vardy’s opening goal.
Wilfred Ndidi - 7
Another solid day of work for Wilf. He totaled four tackles, four interceptions, six clearances and one blocked shot.
Youri Tielemans - 8
An interesting study in what makes Youri unique. He wasn’t at his sharpest for a decent portion of the match but made his mark with a goal in the 41st minute. From that moment on he was heavily involved in the proceedings and later provided an impressive first-time pass to assist Vardy’s second goal. His ability to contribute end-product from the midfield is hugely impactful to this team.
James Maddison - 7.5
He was very productive in ways one wouldn’t typically imagine him to be. He made three tackles including one instance in which he quickly pressed to win back possession in the box that led to Vardy’s second goal. Madders also contributed two key passes and four fouls drawn, which are more typical of his performances.
Marc Albrighton - 7.5
Found his way back into the starting lineup and made the most of the opportunity. He ran hard up and down the pitch and created tons of danger. All that was missing from his performance was some form of end-product.
Jamie Vardy - 10
A perfect day for City’s main man that put all of his talents on display. He relentlessly pressed the opposition backline and keeper into oblivion, scored a banger of a goal with a chipped volley from significant distance, provided a perfect low cross assist to Youri, and sealed the game with a left-footed goal in the box. He got plenty of service in this game and maximized his opportunities.
This is the type of content we love to see. pic.twitter.com/O4c868mDGb— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 31, 2019
Harvey Barnes - 5.5
He was awarded the start after his impressive showing off the bench against Sheffield United. Unfortunately he was anonymous for most of the game, He showed signs of life at the start of the second half (including a curled shot that required a difficult save), but never got fully into the flow of the game and was subbed off in the 70th minute.
Demarai Gray - 7
Finally got a chance after seemingly falling down the pecking order. He came on in the 63rd minute and ran and passed with purpose. He made one excellent run where he spun past defenders and played a ball to Madders in a dangerous area in front of goal.
Hamza Choudhury - 6
Subbed on in the 70th minute and had almost nothing to do as the game was mostly settled after the third goal was scored. He had 20 touches, 18 passes attempted, and 18 passes completed.
Christian Fuchs - N/A
Came on in the 85th minute to add a defensive presence. The game had slowed by that point so there wasn’t too much for him to do.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
The win kept the Foxes unbeaten through four weeks and brought them up to third in the Premier League table. Yes, third.
The squad is seemingly approaching full health and rounding into form. This was evident against the Cherries as several players put in excellent performances. Ben Chilwell was highly effective in his return from injury, Marc Albrighton added plenty to the team as a starter, and Youri Tielemans was back to creating goals. The Fosse Posse Man of the Match, though, was Jamie Vardy (duh). It was a perfect 10/10 day for City’s hero.