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Leicester City: Thomas must stay in starting XI despite Ricardo return

Brendan Rodgers has a dilemma to debate ahead of Leicester City’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Northern-Irishman can welcome Ricardo Pereira back after the Portuguese international missed out on the 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion with a “knock”.

In his absence, youngster Luke Thomas came into the side, allowing Timothy Castagne to move over to the right-hand side.

Will Leicester beat Palace on Monday?

Yes, easy win.

Yes, easy win.

No, not this time.

No, not this time.

That is a selection that Rodgers must stick with against Palace despite the return of the £27m-rated Pereira.

Against the Baggies, both Thomas and Castagne dovetailed brilliantly; the former turning in mature defensive showing, whilst the latter was a constant attacking threat down the right.

If they can continue that work against the Eagles on Monday, there is no reason why the Foxes couldn’t chalk up another win in pursuit of a UEFA Champions League place.

It would be silly for Rodgers to disrupt a successful system and the performances of Thomas this season also certainly justify his inclusion in the team on Monday.

At just 19 years of age, the Foxes’ academy graduate has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, 15 of those being starts.

In that time, the left-back has racked up some impressive defensive numbers. He has accumulated more tackles per game in the Premier League this season than Jonny Evans, whilst he has also managed to out-do Caglar Soyuncu in terms of interceptions, according to WhoScored.

Meanwhile, his 2.1 clearances puts him ahead of the likes of Castagne, Pereira and the impressive James Justin.

His performances have certainly drawn praise from his teammates as well. Evans labelled Thomas as “immaculate” following his debut at the back end of the 2020/21 season.

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So, with Rodgers seemingly have found a system that suits Castagne and the young Leicester full-back, it would be a silly move for the Leicester boss to take him out of the line-up against Palace.

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