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Leicester City: James Maddison hands Foxes huge boost ahead of West Ham showdown

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers could have an ace up his sleeve for the Foxes’ key Premier League clash with West Ham United with James Maddison’s return to fitness.

The two sides go head-to-head on Sunday as direct rivals for a Champions League berth, with the midfielder now finally able to be considered from the start. He made a cameo appearance against Manchester City last time out but he was certainly a doubt ahead of the game.

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Speaking on Maddison’s fitness, Rodgers said that he was “available” for the weekend having not started in any of the last five Premier League matches.

Considering his season thus far, he could certainly see Leicester play a winning hand against the Hammers.

He is currently in the midst of his most productive season thus far at the King Power Stadium. The £54m-rated former Norwich City man has 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions. At Leicester, only Jamie Vardy is able to match his 21 goal contributions for the campaign.

His influence is also easily identifiable in Leicester’s results, too. In the 24 Premier League matches in which Maddison has played a part this season, the Foxes have won 16 of those at a rate of 66%. Of the matches he has missed – a total of six – they have been victorious in just two, meaning their win rate halves when the ex-Norwich man does not take to the pitch.

Even Leicester’s goalscoring depletes without the 24-year-old’s presence from 1.8 per game to 1.6. Whilst that is not the most dramatic decrease, it must be noted that the majority of those goals in the latter category came in the 5-0 thumping of Premier League basement club Sheffield United.

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With Maddison back, Leicester will surely look to play him in what is a crucial game against West Ham United. After all, he could certainly be the ace in the pack following his return from injury.

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