There have not been many bigger surprises in Premier League history than Leicester City being top of the table on Christmas Day 2015.
Riding the crest of a Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez type wave, Claudio Ranieri’s side have upset every possible odd to drive his club into a position that could see them reach the Champions League next season.
When your defence includes Robert Huth and Wes Morgan, you hardly expect the side to perform in quite such a remarkable way, but the Foxes have been ripping up trees across the country and this January window could determine whether they push for the title or not.
Leicester will never have a better chance to win the league than this, but we would put a decent bet on them being happy enough with a top four finish.
If they can make some shrewd signings in this window, to add to Demarai Gray, Leicester could be in the big time next season.
Here is the ideal end of window XI for the Premier League’s surprise package…
Schmeichel has been one of the key components to Leicester’s successes this season.
Much like his father, the Dane has produced crucial saves at big moments in Leicester’s season and has had a lot of work to do with quite an ordinary defence in front of him.
Danny Simpson has done an adequate job throughout much of this season, but Sam Byram would be a significant upgrade on the ex-Magpie.
Byram is likely to be a target for many clubs in the Premiership, but few will have the same chance of European football as Leicester.
A bit of a left-field call with this one, but injuries and lack of favour have made Rojo’s time at Old Trafford pretty quiet.
The centre-back can also cover at left-back and would be great to add some pace alongside the lumbering Robert Huth. It feels like a matter of time until Leicester come unstuck for persevering with Wes Morgan.
His career looked to be dying as he was marginalised at Stoke, but Huth has been a massive signing for the Foxes.
The powerful German has made the Leicester defence significantly more secure and he has proved to be an inspired signing.
Despite the endless play-on words with his surname, Fuchs has been excellent for Leicester since his arrival in the summer.
Fuchs’ experience has helped to provide some security on the left hand side of defence and the Austrian has also been a threat when he has overlapped.
For many, Riyad Mahrez has been the best player in the Premier League this season.
Mahrez’s consistent assists to Vardy have been just as important as the goals he has scored himself, whilst his performance against Chelsea was one of the best individual displays of the campaign to date.
January would be a success if this star is still at the club by the end of the window.
Drinkwater has been quite a revolution this season.
Previously, Drinkwater would not have been considered an integral part of the squad, but the central midfielder has shown himself to be one of the best passing players in the league this season.
Clubs might be snooping around for this crucial player, but Leicester will not let him go cheaply.
Kante is, in my mind, the signing of the season.
The Frenchman has provided some exceptional performances in central midfield and been a dominant figure in the centre of midfield for the Foxes.
If Leicester are to make it into the top four this season, it is absolutely crucial that Kante remains fit.
Albrighton’s career was meandering a bit until he found a try role for himself at Leicester.
The ex-Villa man has been in the shadows of Mahrez for most of the campaign, but he has still put in several impressive performances and is currently one of the best crossers in the league.
There’s been so much said about Vardy, its sort of hard to add to it.
Obviously there will be interest for the league’s top scorer this January, but the chances of Leicester selling are probably about as high as Jamie Vardy winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
A extremely highly-rated centre forward, Batshuayi would be a great player for Vardy to work alongside.
Despite the performances of Ulloa and Okazaki, Leicester might consider another centre-forward coming in during this window to improve their depth and take some of the strain off of Vardy.