The Leicester player that has surprised us the most in 2020/21

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Foxes of Leicester nominates the Leicester City player we believe has performed better than expected so far in 2020/21, surprising us somewhat.

I imagine that most of you reading this will have heard Blue Army members expressing low expectations for Leicester City, before the 2020/21 season began.

You may have even read some of my pieces suggesting the club make more signings – or prior to Timothy Castagne joining, even one purchase – or they would risk losing status and dissolving the great progress made.

If so, I stick by most of my statements, and I’ll tell you why: King Power have done an amazing rehabilitation job on the Foxes, therefore stability needed to be maintained by the owners, regardless of coronavirus. Which they have now achieved, in my opinion. Due to three quality incomings: the Belgian, Cengiz Under and Wesley Fofana.

The Leicester City player who’s surprised FoL most this campaign

At the beginning of this term, I was also one of the fans pleasantly surprised by the performances and turnaround versus West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City. In addition to the demolition of Burnley – a usually much more pugnacious outfit.

One of the elements of the East Midlanders’ success so far has been versatile full-back James Justin. The attacking left-back has made a flying start at both ends of the pitch: defensively strong, while improving his final third play immensely.

Obviously Ricardo Pereira is expected to walk back into the City side – and the Portuguese should do so! Castagne is already one of the first names on the teamsheet, too.

Yet Justin is proving himself indispensable to Brendan Rodgers. A true reversal of form from the 2019/20 restart. Replacing an England international in Ben Chilwell, in a role that isn’t your customary one, is a huge ask.

Speaking to lcfc.com, the 22 year old explained his choice to join Leicester City from Luton Town. He cited the manager, as well as the youthful team encompassing a club on the rise.

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Furthermore, the defender said the Northern Irishman will help his development as an athlete. Adding that he wants to make a position his own at Leicester, and Justin’s aim is to be recognised as one of the best players in the side.