When the dust settles and the disappointment subsides from Leicester City’s 4-3 opening day defeat, the club’s fans can reflect on plenty of reasons to be positive for the season ahead. This is after all, basically the same squad that won the Premier League two years ago, except for the notable absence of N’Golo Kante.
Despite The Foxes loss at The Emirates there were plenty of encouraging signs that their fans can look to for the upcoming season; Jamie Vardy looks back to his razor-sharp best, Wilfred Ndidi looks to be growing into a solid defensive midfielder and new signing Harry Maguire looks a superb all-round centre-back.
Leicester’s manager Craig Shakespeare performed an excellent job last season, steadying the ship and guiding the club to a 12th placed finish, after relegation had looked a distinct possibility at the turn of the year. He seems to have the full backing of the players and although many will point to his decision to replace central-midfielder Matty James with striker Kelechi Iheanacho as being the reason his side lost the game, he is still quite inexperienced as a number one and will surely learn from the experience.
Although talented-youngster Iheanacho had a nightmare debut, (he only touched the ball twice and his side conceded two goals during his brief cameo), most observers agree he will prove to be an excellent signing in the long-term. How Shakespeare fits him into a Leicester side that seems to be at its best with Vardy playing upfront on his own, will be interesting however.
Whilst nobody is expecting this side to repeat their heroics of two seasons ago, when they were crowned Premier League Champions, there is easily enough talent and experience in this group of players to finish in the top ten quite comfortably.
When you consider the club’s sole aim when they reached the promised land of the Premier League in 2014 was simply to survive, a top-half finish should still be classed as a success.
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