The aftermath from Man City, how to keep everyone 100% happy, Soumare, Daka, Mendy and Amartey on the fringe

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The Man City game showed again a dilemma in the selection policy and also strange to see that certain players just fell through completely against an opponent that could have been a scene for other players to shine.

Jannik Vestergaard was chosen in front of Daniel Amartey and he was totally out in the cold not really an alternative with Jonny Evans and the Danish international clearly in front in the pecking order.

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Boubakary Soumare do have a more defensive strength than both Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, he was not in the team and not given a chance at all, so you do think, why is that against such a fantastic team.

The fact that we all as Leicester fans believed we had a chance of a point clearly is an indication that we are patriotic, Man City had the ball in 61% of the game and then to play James Maddison and Marc Albrighton, might be a failure as none of them are great and special players in counterattack.

Of course both Maddison and Albrighton do have the abiltiy to play that vital pass that could set up Barnes or Vardy who do have pace to win a race against the Man City defenders, but again both do not have the ability to keep up with the pace needed in a game where you surely struggle to keep the ball off the opponent. Footwear Sale, New Styles Added, and Free Shipping With Code: SHIPFW

We certainly hope that Jannik Vestergaard has no injury worries at all, but to see him taken off for safety reasons looks totally strange, the same said about the fact that Jonny Evans was given his first game of the season, three minutes after Leicester were 1-0 down with a defense a bit shaky at the time and not organized the way it had been for the first hour of the game.

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Would like to see a more analytical approach to games going forward and not a happy go lucky approach which makes games more unpredictable and of course hoping that at least Soumare and Dake will be given time to shine in this Leicester team, if not, why sign them as just covers.

To sign expensive fringe players and send others out on loan or sell them after never being a first team certainty. This has to be addressed as money can’t be flushed out on players not really seen as clear first team men, hopefully Brendan Rodgers will find a way to get on with this problem.

This type of policy started with Claudio Ranieri who did transfer blunders that cost him his job, adding Kapustka, Musa, Mendy, Zieler, Wague, Gray and Amartey without really having a plan for them. He brought in Wilfred Ndidi which was a master signing, but he was a player given a good chance establish himself in the team.

Under Claude Puel it continued with Craig Shakespeare and Brendan Rodgers adding to that way of running the show, but again why buy just to have a number of covers that in real will not be able to flourish much without game time in the first team.

Leicester cannot in the future just play players on the fringe in the EFL cup, but hopefully we will see something of a plan of this against Napoli, with certain players rested and again see new and fresh faces in the line-up, without upsetting the balance and fall flat.


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Good news before Arsenal clash, Happy Birthday Claudio!, Mahrez keeping momentum

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Among the stories this Sunday evening is of course the news that Ben Chilwell has tied himself up until 2024, and that is wonderful. His progress this season has been fantastic and to see him, at the age of 21, breaking into the England first team is just great.

The fact that a homegrown player manage to “outfox” an experience star and a great player such as Christian Fuchs makes it even more impressive. The previous captain of Austria and one of the key players during the 2015/16 season is now just a cover.

Other news to honor this evening is the form of loan players Benkovic and Barnes, who both impress in their clubs, Celtic and West Bromwich. Talk about them returning in January are of course interesting to see, but again probably Puel will let them progress and get playing time regularly instead of bringing them back to uncertain situations at Leicester City.

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Claudio Ranieri is 67 today, big gratulations to the “magician” who masterminded that fantastic win and also still were in the Champions League competition when getting the sack at the club, flirting highly with relegation. Since leaving Leicester City, Claudio has also had a stint at Nantes, but also left the French club after a single season in charge. Claudio were earlier this season seen at Chelsea, visiting his former club and meeting up with the Italians in charge at The Blues at the moment, Sarri and Zola.

It feels like ages since Claudio left, but it was actually in the year 2017, and we are still only in 2018, how we would like that fairy story to just continue into the sunset and every season being like the one of Ranieri, what a fantastic feeling and like flying. As a Leicester City fan the most amazing feeling, never really feeling that way before, you were top of the World, and that is a good feeling, no one would disagree.

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One of the Leicester City heroes during that PL winning seaeson, Riyad Mahrez are starting to show his greatness at Manchester City, scoring a fantastic goal against Burnley in their 5-0 win. Guardiola is galvanizing Mahrez and the outcome of this season will be interesting to see, winning the Premier League again, could be the outcome.

Former foxes Kante and Mahrez could continue to lift trophies in England and Europe, and Leicester City are producing more talent and the recent England squad, including Chilwell, Maguire and Maddison is thrilling to watch. Demarai Gray who has been absent with an injury for a while, was missing the last call up, as he was another of Leicester City’s players to get a call up by Gareth Southgate in that game at King Power.

Leicester should be more optmistic in front of the game tomorrow and hopefully a surprise result will be a new chance for the England boys at Leicester City to celebrate and not just Claudio Ranieri turning 67!

Yes we care, Riyad Mahrez, Man City, still a fox, two goals today!

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Riyad Mahrez left Leicester City this summer and as we predicted a new life at Manchester City will be more difficult and challenging, but today he showed what a class player he is, two goals in the game v. Cardiff City.

Mahrez came on as a sub, replacing Sergio Aguero in the 61st minute, just a few minutes later he had scored two goals in his stylish way, just as he did for Leicester City during his time at the club.

So far it’s been a bit of a struggle to get into the the “swing of things” under Pep Guardiola, but he is very much involved and will compete at the very highest level for Manchester City.

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The £65 million move, of course a record sale by Leicester City, shows how much value have increased among Leicester City players, and how you can by joining this club, go to the sky of international football.

Leicester City had 10 different players at the World Cup this summer, and are now among those clubs delivering the most to the England national team, even without Jamie Vardy there are at least four players either included or close to a full international call up.

The now 27 year old Mahrez, who was signed from Le Havre back in 2014 for a fee of £400 000, shows the way for amazing talent with a dream hiding in the shadows. So how is it possible to progress from such a scene into the limelight of top football.

Hopefully Claude Puel, the current Leicester City manager, will understand how he should recruit players, either from own ranks, at a lower level or just by good connections abroad and stay away from other Premier League clubs and just bring the team forward.

The amazing rise of Mahrez is an example to follow, the same can be said about Jamie Vardy who has signed a new five year deal and will stay the rest of his best years at Leicester City, today delivering a top performance.

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The other players knocking on the England door, James Maddison and Demarai Gray together with full internationals Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell are great examples on how you bring talent forward, fantastic to watch.

Either coming up from the youth system, or signed from clubs lower in the system. Gray coming in from Birmingham and James Maddison signed from Norwich. Maddison is today a class act and his free kick the 2-1 goal is just fantastic.

So please continue the Leicester City way, and hopefully Kelechi Iheanacho who in a way “switched” with Mahrez, with a deficit of £40 million, makes an impressive performance. In the big picture we see a pattern to follow.

Riyad Mahrez has since joining Man City played 6 official games, and scored 2 goals. if he continue in that way, he will be a legend at Etihad in the next two or three years, and for those who believe he will “not shine”, forget it, Guardiola will take care of that and get Mahrez to an even higher level, Tcf predicts.

Today Mahrez comes in from the bench together with John Stones and Phil Foden. Gabriel Jesus, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all unused subs, so be careful with judgements and talk about Mahrez, he will shine, and yes, as a former fox with a very special status, we wish him all the best, at least Tcf does.

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