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Leicester’s strength in depth on show against Wigan

Leicester City’s strength in depth was on show as the Foxes progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers’ men eased to a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic and will be in the hat for the next stage.

It is another impressive step in a superb season; Leicester are currently second in the Premier League and look odds-on to qualify for the Champions League. They lie a staggering 13 points clear of Manchester United in fifth.

And, on Saturday, they proved that they have an immense amount of strength in depth.

The likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Kasper Schmeichel were all absent from the starting XI, with Vardy and Schmeichel not even in the squad.

Rodgers chose to play a team that comprised of the likes of Danny Ward, a goalkeeper with two appearances prior to Saturday, James Justin, who has five appearances to his name, Nampalys Mendy, with two, and Filip Benkovic, who had played just once.

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Benkovic, of course, was injured during the game, but this proved that there is depth within the squad and that there are numerous plan B’s.

When Vardy is not playing, for example, there is young striker Kelechi Iheanacho, and when the top wingers are absent, there is Harvey Barnes, who can step in and score, as he did on Saturday.

This points to a significant upside for the club as they attempt to fight on three fronts.

Should Leicester take the cup seriously?

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Of course

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Definitely not

They remain in the EFL Cup and play Aston Villa on Wednesday; they are still in contention in the Premier League and they are in the hat in the FA Cup.

If the Foxes are to end up with some significant silverware this season, they will need the back-up brigade at their best.

The omens are good.

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