The foxes began the season in a disappointing way by giving up a two goal lead late to drop points. Let’s get into the match ratings from yours truly.
Danny Ward: The start to life without Kasper was a surprisingly uneventful one in terms of mistakes. Ward couldn’t do much about either goal and looked surprisingly comfortable on the ball, and made a couple of decent saves. 6.5.
Wesley Fofana: Not the sort of performance that will get Chelsea to likely break the world-record fee for a defender, but decent enough. He displayed much of what we expect from Fofana, but nothing special. 6.
Jonny Evans: Another steady performance from the aging veteran, solid in possession, and almost always in the correct position. 6.5.
Daniel Amartey: Oh, Daniel. Such a frustrating performance from him. Was solid most of the match, and then, as always, showed why he cannot be depended on, especially on the left side of a back 3. Arguably at fault for both goals, there really isn’t much else to say. 4.
Timothy Castagne: Just looks so comfortable in a more wing-back type role doesn’t he? Always willing to get forward and always full of running, chipping in with a goal from a corner. Decent at the back as well. 6.5.
Wilfred Ndidi: Had a good amount of help in midfield (until KDH was pulled) so he wasn’t the soul destroying man he sometimes is. However, his passing was a bit like a scatter-gun, with a few simple passes not finding the mark and sometimes putting the foxes in awkward positions. 5.
James Justin: A really interesting performance from him. He really tried to get creative at times going forward, but it just wasn’t seeming to come off for him, as well as a tale of two halves in a lot of ways defensively. Really tough one to judge but I’ll go with a conservative 5.5.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: Another solid performance from KDH. Absolute rocket of a strike for his goal, and worked really hard in a very congested midfield. Also, seemed to be the one of the only two men in blue shirts that cared to try to get Vardy involved. 7.5.
Youri Tielemans: Props to Tielemans, still playing hard even with his future very much in doubt. Came very close shooting from distance on a few occasions, and showed good control in tight areas as is expected. He battled, and seems to be giving his all for the club. 6.5.
James Maddison: A tough game at times for the foxes number 10. In a very congested midfield he really had to battle, but he did well. He was constantly calling for the ball and his movement was excellent. His delivery for the first goal was top class, as were many of the passes he attempted. The touch on his passes seemed to drop off towards the end of the game though, 6.
Jamie Vardy: A feeling foxes fans are all too familiar with, good service to our number 9 was lacking, and many of his runs in behind seemed to lack his trademark cutting edge. 4.5.
Patson Daka: Not a great performance and the product of an extremely strange substitution, he did get slightly more involved than Vardy, but was not able to do much with it. 5.
Brendan Rodgers: To be completely frank, I was not impressed. He sends the foxes out in a back 3/5 against.... Brentford.... at home. With a right-footed suspect centerback on the left side of said back 3, leaving Soyuncu on the bench. Then in a game we are winning, he takes off an admittedly tired KDH for... Patson Daka? In a game with a very congested midfield which we were struggling to control anyways? Leaving both Mendy and Praet on the bench? I just struggle to understand the decision making. 3.5.
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