The fairytale of Leicester City has captured the imagination of all Premier League and Football fans in England and over the world. At the same point of the Premier League season last season Newly Promoted Leicester City were bottom of the Premier League and looking destine to return to the Championship with a whimper.
After a late run that saw Leicester survive in the Premier League many thought they would be in a similar position again. However, they shocked the world. Jamie Vardy, another fairytale player having been the first million pound non-league player, was in such good goalscoring form that he could score a goal in he looked at the ball hard enough. He broke the Premier League record for goals in most consecutive games and Leicester started to dominate.
Claudio Ranieri, in his first season as manager, built on the good work done by Nigel Pearson, who left the club after an incident in Thailand involving 3 of his players, keeping the players motivated and getting the best out of the flair players at the club.
The Key Players:
Jamie Vardy – The England International has been the story of the season. Having been playing non-league football just 5 years ago. He is now one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League.
Riyad Mahrez – Mahrez, in Vardy’s Shadow, has had a good as season as Vardy. Mahrez, like Vardy, started the season on fire and has continued his form throughout the season. He has been the biggest part of Leicester’s rise than anyone else (including Vardy).
Ngolo Kante – Not the first name that will pop into most people’s head when talking about Leicester but he has been a solid influence on the team throughout the season having appeared in every single league game this season. It is an underrated trait to be able just to keep fit and appear in the every game, especially over the hectic Christmas period.
Can They Do It?
That is the question. Can Leicester break the glass ceiling in the Premier League and win it. Can they hold off Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City? People want Leicester to win the Premier League but in the end they will fall short. Having lost last week at Arsenal, cutting the cap to 2 points, Leicester now have to match Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City for the rest of the season. They will still finish comfortably in the top 4 but I will stick my with earlier prediction of Arsenal winning the Premier League.