Speaking to Leicester City’s radio show Extra-time following the conclusion of the Premier League season, former player Matt Elliott suggested that the Foxes’ solidity at the back has been overlooked.
Leicester finished the season with a rather dull 0-0 against Chelsea last weekend but it was a performance that showed promising signs ahead of the new campaign under Brendan Rodgers.
The Foxes ended the term in ninth place, five points off seventh and a possible return to European competition.
Their form under Claude Puel had a large say in the fact they finished behind Wolves but there are certainly reasons to be optimistic for Leicester supporters now. That’s especially if they buy into Elliott’s comments.
He claimed that as good as the Midlands club have been in attack, their defensive displays have gone under the radar. Commenting on Extra-time, he said:
“I think that’s something that’s been bypassed and overlooked a little bit since Brendan Rodgers has come in. Everyone’s talking about the pace of the game and the attacking emphasis to it but they look pretty solid as well.”
Rodgers has done a tremendous job since walking through the doors at the King Power. Reverting back to their classic counter-attacking style of play, Leicester have rediscovered their attacking prowess.
Jamie Vardy had a mesmeric end to the season, whilst the form of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans was equally as impressive.
But it’s at the back and in midfield where the Foxes have improved the most, and it’s definitely something that’s gone under the radar.
Leicester have gone back to basics and that’s particularly the case in midfield with Wilfred Ndidi, who is now doing things in a much simpler fashion.
Ricardo Pereira has also benefited from Rodgers, adding another level to his game defensively. He has been imperative in the final weeks of the season, helping the club keep clean sheets against both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Starring alongside Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell, the defence has been phenomenal and you can definitely make a case for them being overlooked at times.
Even Wes Morgan has found form under Rodgers. With that in mind, just imagine what they can do next term.