Leicester City managed to book a place at their fifth FA Cup final as they overcame Southampton 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The performance was not exactly sparkling from Brendan Rodgers’ men, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s solitary goal proving enough for the Foxes to get beyond the Saints.
Whilst the Nigerian proved to be the match-winner for Leicester, it was a man at the other end of the pitch, Wesley Fofana, who was arguably more pivotal.
At just 20 years of age, the young French defender might well have been overawed by the occasion but there was simply no sign of that.
According to WhoScored, the former Saint Etienne man contributed two tackles and two clearances as he continued to keep Saints frontman Danny Ings quiet.
However, it was in Fofana’s anticipation of danger where he came in most key. Throughout the 90 minutes, he produced a game-high six interceptions – only Jan Bednarek on each side replicating that number.
For comparison, the rest of the Leicester team could only produce six interceptions in total between them – highlighting just how alert Fofana was at Wembley.
Even when the Saints attempted to bypass the Leicester man, he proved a formidable wall.
Of the 19 duels that Fofana attempted, he won 12 of those, only being beaten in the air on three occasions throughout the entire match according to SofaScore.
His performance did not just end with his defensive work though. The centre-back, who has been hailed as “incredible” by Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, also completed 57 passes in the match – a figure only beaten by Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu in the Leicester side.
Meanwhile, he also had 80 touches of the ball – no player in the Foxes’ squad matching that figure.
So, whilst Iheanacho will claim the plaudits having guided Leicester through to the fifth FA Cup final in their history, Fofana certainly played his part too.