Ricardo Pereira loss truly instigated Leicester’s downfall

Ricardo Pereira was easily the most significant loss that damaged Leicester City’s Champions League dreams. Keeping him a Fox is absolutely vital.

Imagine if Leicester City had Ricardo Pereira for just a few of those final games of the Premier League season. It would have surely generated enough points needed for Champions League qualification.

I know that’s just conjecture but when you read the statistics that back it up shortly I’m sure you’ll agree. If you don’t concur already, in theory. Basically the Portugal player is a main catalyst to most of the positivity that occurs going forward. Along with being a staunch member of an overall outstanding back four.

James Justin understudied for Ricardo and hasn’t really taken his chance at right-back or right-wingback. Luton Town’s former star struggled to impose himself in attack, contrary to expectations. Where Justin did standout was at right-centre-back.

Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira excels statistically

WhoScored published an article this week which nominated the Premier League’s best performers this campaign. Ricardo was a stunning second in the list, behind Manchester City’s incredible Kevin De Bruyne in first place. Ex-Fox Riyad Mahrez, also of the Citizens, was in fourth spot. Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adam Traore is between Mahrez and Ricardo.

Furthermore, Foxes of Leicester can inform its readership of Leicester City’s record with and without the Portuguese in the side: the Foxes won 14 of the 28 matches Ricardo appeared in; the 10 matches without him saw Brendan Rodgers’ team successful on a mere three occasions. The club should ensure Ricardo’s future is at the King Power, above all others. Hopefully he’s content with Europe League football.