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EPL 2019-20 Review: Despite fizzling out, Leicester promises much

  • Published at 10:30 pm August 6th, 2020
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There are many positives to take for Leicester this season and considering their balanced squad, comprising both experience and youth, Rodgers and his charges promises much next season

Leicester City had a brilliant start to the season and were well on course to finish in the top four, or even the top three, but a poor run of form in the latter stages of the league cost them the lucrative Champions League spot as they had to be content with fifth place.

Brendan Rodgers has transformed Leicester into a well-drilled side, as they played attractive football throughout the season and registered some impressive performances.

But from gameweek 30 to 38, the Foxes suffered four losses and managed three draws, winning only twice as their UCL hope evaporated. 

Even in their last two games, against Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home, they required one win to finish in the top four.

But the Midlands side lost both and finished fifth.

Their season would have been considered a success had they finished within top four but fifth place among all the competitive teams around is not a bad result either.

Their No 9 and most prolific goal-scorer Jamie Vardy enjoyed a great EPL campaign as he netted 23 times and provided five assists in 35 appearances.

The Englishman finished as the EPL top-scorer and won the golden boot ahead of the likes of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22), Southampton’s Danny Ings (22), Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (20) and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (19).

Notably, Vardy became the Premier League's oldest golden boot winner at the age of 33.  

He overtook Didier Drogba, who netted 29 goals for Chelsea in 2009-10 at the age of 32, as the oldest recipient of the award.

Another interesting stat of Vardy’s impressive season was that the striker scored 11 goals with his right foot, and nine with his left. 

Other three were headed goals.

Defence looked good for the Foxes as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel managed 13 clean sheets. 

But their season-long standout performer in defence was Turkish defender Çaglar Söyüncü. 

His absence in the last two games perhaps created a vacuum in Leicester’s defence as they conceded five goals, and scored none. 

Full back Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira played well, with the highly rated Chilwell already linked to big teams next season. 

Midfield partners Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans had a very good season as well alongside the likes of English young guns Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury.

There are many positives to take for Leicester this season and considering their balanced squad, comprising both experience and youth, Rodgers and his charges promises much next season.

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