James Maddison had to watch the game instead of playing, being sidelined with a sickness bug as his heartfelt message to the team shows great admiration for the win and also telling how impressed he was with the play of Bouba Soumare.
Bouba Soumare has not been given too many chances to establish himself as a certainty in the team, and at the age of 24 you need to be able to play games regularly. His performance today showed what he is made off. On this day, he showed he is a top, top performer at this level.
When leaving Lille he was a full international in the making, playing in all youth international teams for France, from U.16 to U.21. In total added up 48 caps from 2014 to 2021 as he was part of the PSG academy from an early age.
Winning Ligue 1 with Lille is almost the same experience as winning Premier League with Leicester, something Bouba Soumare made possible in 2020/21, and from here making his move to Leicester for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £17million. His contract runs to 2026 and the performance today was so much welcomed.
Being in his second season at Leicester and seen as a fringe man, you need to take your chances and today he looked so well placed in a team playing with two central midfielders, and shined alongside Youri Tielemans.
So pleased to see a player who have struggled so much, bring this to the theater as he showed strengths and a display and drive that makes him look bright and fantastic. He was the creator behind the winning goal, playing Victor Kristiansen through after a good one to one with Daka in the build up. He is a player that is very direct and brave in his play. Could be lost, when being thrown into games, playing after a strict plan in midfield. Today he looked free and able to play to his own instincts.
The crucial job for Soumare is to get back to back performances of high quality, being part of a team that manage to win and build confidence on his performances, hopefully we will see more of this, just fantastic and loved to watch, and of course great to see him being greeted in a tweet from James Maddison.
Dean Smith also gave Soumare the full game, as he must be very proud of his performance.
Let this continue!
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