Leicester 3-1 Legia Warsaw: Player ratings as Foxes get back on track

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Leicester City finally ended a four-match winless run against struggling Legia Warsaw, which gives hope that the Foxes have finally turned a corner. A 3-1 victory at the King Power Stadium puts Leicester City’s Europa League destiny in their own hands. Effectively, against Napoli, LCFC need a point to qualify and a win to top the group.

Here’s how the players rated:

Goalkeepers and Defenders

Kasper Schmeichel: 6/10- Made a good penalty save from Emreli and was unfortunate to concede the rebound. Otherwise had a few routine saves with nothing particularly spectacular or terrible.

Luke Thomas: 7/10- A fine performance from the young Englishman who showed good link-up play with Barnes going forward, contributing to Leicester’s front-foot start. Did his first-team chances no harm despite picking up an unnecessary booking.

Caglar Soyuncu: 7/10- Despite the late withdrawal of Jonny Evans, Soyuncu had a decent game, making one notable goal-line clearance. His aggression and willingness to drive forward were positively received although there were a couple of instances of miscommunication, one resulting in a penalty.

Daniel Amartey: 6/10- A solid, no-frills display from Amartey who has developed into one of Leicester City’s most reliable defenders amidst chaos this season. Made one error that nearly led to a Legia goal but was otherwise steady.

Timothy Castagne: 6/10- Not involved going forward as much as usual due to Leicester’s focus down the left-hand side but defended stoutly when necessary.

Midfielders

Wilfried Ndidi: 6/10- Ndidi was slightly unfortunate if clumsy to concede a penalty for handball. Otherwise, he redeemed himself with a glancing header although his efforts to shield the defence yielded mixed results.

Boubakary Soumare: 6/10- More comfortable with less creative responsibility, this was an alright, if unspectacular performance from the Frenchman. He showed good strength to hold the ball and covered the right-back position reasonably well. Nevertheless, he remains ponderous on the ball at times.

James Maddison (MOTM): 8/10- An excellent performance from Maddison who controlled the midfield, contributing with a sumptuous goal and a set-piece assist. Without Youri Tielemans, Maddison stepped up to take the creative mantle. Based on this display, he certainly merits a starting place on Sunday.

Attackers

Harvey Barnes: 8/10- Barnes displayed exactly why he was on the verge of the England squad earlier this year, yet it’s so frustrating how inconsistent he can be. Against Legia, Barnes’ varied running posed a constant threat and created several opportunities. Perhaps should have scored in the second half but this was much more encouraging.

Patson Daka: 7/10- Demonstrated Vardy-like energy which set the tone for a high-octane start, pressing Legia from the get-go. Daka took his goal extremely well to become the top European goalscorer for LCFC and always posed a threat in behind.

Ademola Lookman: 6/10- Not as lively as Barnes but still a decent display from the RB Leipzig loanee. Lookman displayed good awareness in the half-spaces to set up Maddison’s goal but at times his final decision/product did let him down.

Leicester City substitutes

Ayoze Perez: 6/10- An intelligent display off the bench with Perez taking up good positions as well as judiciously using the ball.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: 6/10- Enthusiastic and energetic, KDH ensured the Legia midfield couldn’t relax with a promising cameo appearace.

Kelechi Iheanacho/Marc Albrighton: N/A- not on for long enough to make a judgement