Forest win changed nothing for Leicester and Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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The atmosphere around the club couldn’t be more different just over 100 hours apart, from one of excitement, hope and optimism, to one of haplessness, misery and despair. Harvey Barnes proved a week ago that he is capable of putting in wonderful performances, but when he doesn’t operate at anywhere near a moderate level, his inclusion serves no purpose nor function.

Danny Ward showed glimpses last week that he could be a competent goalkeeper, and many thought a clean sheet and some decent stops could be the turning point for the Welshman, but no, back down to Earth we are. His Schmeichel-esque attempt to spread himself in a bid to stop Bournemouth’s eventual winner just didn’t work, and was genuinely cringeworthy.

City’s former sticksman is rumoured to be on his way out at OGC Nice, there must be thousands of Foxes followers begging him to come home given the comedy act that has replaced him. As good as the club’s recruitment has been, serious questions must be asked about the fee Leicester shelled out for Danny Ward – which was over £12.5million.

It was telling that during Schmeichel’s heavy decline in productivity last season, that his deputy could only get a look-in against already-relegated Watford, and even then his side still conceded a goal from a set piece. It’s likely now that many have lost count of how many of City’s 24 goals conceded can be pinned on their No. 1.