Leicester were back to their ruthless best as they saw in 2020 with a clinical 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez haunted his former side as James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury scored impressive long-range strikes which silenced St James’ Park.
It was a win that ensured the Foxes remained in second place, strengthening their top-four hopes after previously being swept aside by Liverpool and Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers has favoured a degree of rotation over the festive period, bringing players like Nampalys Mendy and Christian Fuchs in from the cold.
The latter played as part of a three-man defence on New Year’s Day and certainly didn’t look out of place, leaving many fans on Twitter to salivate over the quality of his performance.
One supporter described him as a purring Porsche which rather sums up the classy nature of the Austrian’s display.
You were excellent today – like a purring Porsche
— Dan Brown (@mediocre_dan) January 1, 2020
You did straight back in mate! Awesome performance 💙🦊
— Richard (@RichardRp57) January 1, 2020
Fuchs has struggled for regular minutes in 2019/20, being kept out of the team by England international Ben Chilwell.
Before the beginning of last month, he hadn’t played for Brendan Rodgers’ side since late October but he gained three starts in December.
His outing on Wednesday was just his sixth appearance of the season but it left a couple of fans wanting more. One claimed the team were better when he was in the side and given Leicester’s successive wins with Fuchs playing, there is certainly an argument to suggest that’s the case.
You do make a difference, stronger when you’re in the team! 👍💪🏻🦊
— Jenny (@appletreejen) January 1, 2020
Great to see you back in the side.
— … (@LCFCAnalysis) January 1, 2020
His last contract put to bed speculation of a potential move to America and MLS, but some individuals are crying out for him to put pen to paper again, praying that he remains at the club.
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One suggested that there was no need for the Premier League winner to go to the US. Judging by his performance against the Magpies, winning four aerial duels, he still has the quality to play in England’s top-flight.
Always quality. Don’t go. There’s another fairytale being written. 🦊
— Dave (@wholeymoley) January 1, 2020
Get that contract extension signed Christian, you know it should be done.
— M nay (@M_Nay74) January 1, 2020
Another year for you mate, no rush to return to the US of A!
— Anthony Bennett (@Bedfordfoxajb) January 1, 2020
One final supporter picked up on the way he played as part of a three-man backline, labelling the player legendary and suggesting that the formation Rodgers played was the future of Leicester.
A 3-0 win and a clean sheet certainly suggest that it worked perfectly as he shone next to Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans.
3 at the back with the legendary Fuchs. It’s the future 👍🦊
— D Markham /// 5000-1🦊 (@DavidMarsbar) January 1, 2020