The Chalkboard: Maddison out wide is the way forward for Leicester

Leicester have been brilliant since Brendan Rodgers took over and the way he’s now got the team playing makes it incredibly baffling that Claude Puel neglected their classic style.

Jamie Vardy is back in the goals in some fashion, whilst Puel’s parting gifts of the dynamic Youri Tielemans and James Maddison have been incredible over the last month.

Maddison was having an impressive season anyway, but he was given a new lease of life on Sunday against Arsenal and it worked to devastating effect as the Foxes won 3-0.

On the chalkboard

The weekend prior to this dominating Leicester display saw Maddison left off the PFA Young Player of the Year nominees. This performance, therefore, made it even more startling that he wasn’t up for the award.

No one was going to beat Raheem Sterling to it, but Maddison’s quality against Arsenal showed why it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was in the running next term.

His performance was mesmeric but this wasn’t a typical outing for the 22-year-old.

Rather than playing in the number ten role behind the striker, he was preferred in a wide position. It’s been somewhat of a problematic area given the form of some of the Foxes’ wingers but this solved the issue with aplomb and made their attack even more devastating.

Rodgers’ team selection was spot on and his decision to deploy Maddison out wide paid dividends. He and Ben Chilwell on the left-hand side gave Ainsley Maitland-Niles a torrid time and they more than capitalised on his weakness in one-on-one duels.

The Arsenal man has been particularly poor away from the Emirates in recent times and the way they focused on getting at the young right-back was terrific.

Leicester’s midfield was outstanding as a whole and the performance of Hamza Choudhury means it’ll now be difficult to drop him too.

Therefore, with Harvey Barnes preferred as an impact substitute, for the time being, playing Maddison on the left is the way forward.