When you think of Leicester City’s biggest names, most of the attention usually goes to Jamie Vardy and with the former English striker, if you’ve been so instrumental in their recent success you can understand Why.
The 33-year-old was a key component in winning the Premier League title in Leicester in 2016. Having reached the promised land in the past, the foxes now want to repeat this success this season.
While Vardy is undoubtedly the star of the roster, he is flanked by a large supporting cast. If everyone does their job properly, Leicester’s attacking unit can flourish at large.
One of the names in this pack is Wilfred Ndidi. After missing eight of this season’s Premier League games due to injury, his return has been a timely upswing for manager Brendan Rodgers as a busy holiday season is approaching.
The Nigerian international is usually one of the first names on the Leicester team roster. This was evident early in the campaign, when he appeared in Leicester’s early wins of the season against West Brom and Burnley.
With the 25-year-old patrolling midfield, he offers the perfect screen for defensive coverage and thus also offers confidence for any of his teammates who want to leap forward.
Unfortunately, after the home win against Burnley, this screen could no longer be viewed because Ndidi had sustained an injury to his abduction muscle and this meant an absence of almost three months as a result.
Absence that has certainly deterred Leicester from their brave move and it was no coincidence that they lost four league games with Ndidi from the team, a downturn like this only underscoring their value on the starting XI.
Thankfully, those associated with the club could breathe a sigh of relief in December when the midfielder received a clean health certificate and although he was on the losing side when he returned to Europe, domestic affairs were far more positive.
Former KRC Genk came in to replace his side’s narrow away win at Sheffield United and played full minutes against Brighton as they made their opponents easy at King Power Stadium.
In this 3-0 win over Brighton, three goals were scored in the first half. Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were such a headache in the defense of the Seagulls. They knew that a key component was the center of the park behind them.
With this win, Leicester moved up to third place in the Premier League table, sparking all flickering hopes for a second title in six seasons – hopes that could increase by the end of the week.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) 15. December 2020
With leaders Liverpool and Tottenham facing each other, the East Midlands team has the perfect opportunity to pounce. If the results go their way on Wednesday they will be at the top of the Premier League table.
For that to happen the Anfield must end in a draw while Leicester must beat Everton and the Toffees must win their last game against Chelsea. That may be easier said than done.
On the other hand, Leicester is BetOnline’s favorite against Everton and as Wednesday’s crowd is rather inconsistent this is a trait that could largely work against Carlo Ancelotti and his players.
Ultimately, the focus will be on just getting the job done and not necessarily worrying about what might or might not happen on Merseyside. However, there is no denying that manager Brendan Rodgers has the potential to make it to the top.
For a club that almost guaranteed to make it into the top four last season and then qualified for the Champions League, the end of the election collapse would have been an incredibly bitter pill.
However, if Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi lead the club back into the top four at the end of this season and perhaps can top all of that by winning another league title for Leicester, it will definitely be worth the wait in the end.
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