West Ham 0-2 Leicester: 3 things FoL learned

Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with teammates (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with teammates (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images) /
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James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) /

James Maddison has become a Premier League star

All City fans know that Maddison is incredible and has been playing out of his skin for over a year. But it seems that the outcry for him to be in the England squad has become less an East Midlands matter and more a point of national concern in recent weeks. Had he not made Gareth Southgate’s squad, it’s likely the England boss would have been derided for such a glaring oversight that his job might have become untenable. Leicester City fans still remain baffled as to why it’s taken this long for Southgate to recognise his outputs so late in the day when his form has lasted for so long.

The importance of the former Norwich City man’s contemporary status was underlined in two moments in this game. Firstly when Patson Daka’s scuffed shot rolled towards the Leicester No.10, the claret and blue contingent’s hearts sank as the inevitable happened and Maddison’s shot smashed into the roof of the net. Yet the Blue Army’s joyous cheers were turned on their heads 15 minutes later when Maddison went down looking injured. The thing to note was that the West Ham fans also looked worried as ‘their’ now England star’s World Cup looked to be in doubt.

Madders’ stardom has now transferred into the football zeitgeist and he looks destined for great things. It’s likely that his future may lie away from the King Power Stadium but his performances are looking well north of the pitiful £45million that Newcastle United tried to tempt Leicester with in the summer. Even with only 23 minutes of football played at the London Stadium, he remained the star of the show.