Get Carter’s Leicester City player reviews 21/22: Left-back to the future

James Justin of Leicester City (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Being a Leicester defender he still seems to suffer from that familiar trait of not being tight enough on crosses but his engine allows him to marshal his left side well. Building up a stronger partnership with Harvey Barnes will be his future aim. On reflection, he didn’t quite hit the heights of 2020/2021, which would have been a stretch, but he did achieve enough for Gareth Southgate to believe he had earned his first England cap and give him half a chance of making the 2022 world cup squad.

Rating: 7.5/10 – chances of leaving – 5%

Luke Thomas

Appearances total – 32 / Premier League – 22 /  FA Cup – one / League Cup – three / Europe – six

Moment to savour – Starting the season as the first-choice left-back

Moment to forget – Being given the run around by Bakary Saka in a home defeat to Arsenal

The future – More first-team appearances as he edges closer to a century of games

With an injury-ravaged squad Luke Thomas was thrust into the first team for the opening day against Wolves where he savoured a win and rare clean sheet. His confidence has grown from the young man who barely 12 months earlier had made his first-team debut and the game before playing a crucial role in the club’s first-ever FA cup win.