Is Brendan Rodgers’ performance at Leicester substandard?

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Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Foxes of Leicester comprehensively analyses Brendan Rodgers’ season with Leicester City, to see how the Northern Irishman is doing.

Brendan Rodgers substitutions have earned Leicester City 19 points, and have been instrumental in losing 7 points. That’s a net positive of 12 points.That calculation shows what the Foxes could have been missing at this stage of the season, which would theoretically place them in eleventh Premier League place – without a murmur of Champions League football.

There’s an unquestionable inevitability that goals will be scored in the dying embers of a match regardless of whether or not a manager makes a substitution, however, the lion’s share of these goals have gone in the Foxes favour – which can be accredited to Rodgers’ management.

After a tactical substitution has been made this season – which refers to a substitution that isn’t enforced because of an injury and involves a player that wouldn’t be considered a “like-for-like” replacement – Leicester City have scored 29 goals. Obviously, the Foxes have built quite the reputation for scoring late goals, as 31 of their 65 goals this season (47.7%) have come after the 60th minute.

However, of these 29 goals, 16 have directly involved – either as a goal or as an assist – a substitute (55.1%). This doesn’t take into account the overall attacking sequence, therefore substitutes could’ve contributed to more of the 29 goals, as this is just accrediting the direct involvements.

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