Youri Tielemans knows he wasn’t at his best – a fine quality: Leicester

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with teammate Ricardo Pereira and teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on January 22, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Youri Tielemans knows he wasn’t at his best for part of the season in a Leicester City shirt. He accepts it, identifying how to correct the dip in form.

When Youri Tielemans became a permanent Leicester City player, every Foxes fan in the world rejoiced. He is one of the most promising No.8s around, anywhere! In fact, it was a bit of a surprise that he joined in the first place.

Tielemans came to King Power Stadium at a time when he was out-of-favour at AS Monaco. Thankfully, partly due to links through then manager Claude Puel, the Belgium international came in on loan.

Puel played for and managed Monaco so was presumably instrumental in that coup. One of the few successes of the Frenchman’s tenure in the East Midlands. Along with trusting certain youth players like Ben Chilwell.

Nevertheless, Brendan Rodgers became Leicester City manager a short while after Tielemans’ arrival and the Sint-Pieters-Leeuw-born midfielder never looked back. The 22-year-old was an instant Foxes favourite and an ever-present in the starting line-up.

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For the entirety of Tielemans’ loan in the 2018/19 campaign, he was exceptional for Rodgers and his team. An undroppable air surrounded him. Many clubs were linked with a transfer for the Belgian in the summer.

However, Leicester secured his services full-time but this term, overall, Tielemans has been a shadow of his former self. Some don’t want to admit it because, as City fans, ‘we should always back the players’.

That statement is true, although identifying issues and correcting them is the best approach. And that is exactly what the player in question has done himself. This wise decision, which requires maturity, will hopefully help him reproduce his undeniably brilliant displays from early last year:

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“It’s difficult for players to admit it, but sometimes, unconsciously, you play but you’re not at your top level. Maybe it was good to give me a bit of a rest.”

– Youri Tielemans

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