Villa 2-4 Leicester: Foxes player ratings

Kelechi Iheanacho and Tete of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Kelechi Iheanacho and Tete of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /
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Kelechi Iheanacho and Tete of Leicester City (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

Leicester City traveled to Villa park and made a real statement to the rest of the league. It was an attacking display as we defeated Aston Villa 4-2.

Leicester had three signings make their Premier League debut against Villa. As like every game this season, Danny Ward was the main man in goal. The defensive line saw the debuts of Victor Kristensen and Harry Souttar. The two new foxes were joined by Wout Faes and Timothy Castagne. James Maddison returned to Premier League action for the first time since November 12th against West Ham. He was joined by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and the captain, Youri Tielemans in the midfield. Tete officially become the first-ever Brazilian to play for Leicester City this game as he was alongside Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho up top.

World Cup hero and villa captain Emiliano Martinez was the man in between the sticks as his defensive line consisted of Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, and Lucas Digne. Their midfielders consisted of Jacob Ramsey, Douglas Luiz, and Boubacar Kamara. Ollie Watkins was the sole striker up top as Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia joined him out wide on the wing.

It was without a doubt an eventful first half. Things started off ugly in the ninth minute for LCFC. Buendia went for a long-range strike which bounced off the woodwork. Watkins then caught Castagne slipping and ran past him for the easy tap-in to make it 1-0 for Villa. However, just three minutes later, Martinez would pass a poor ball to Kamara inside the box. KDH would steal it and dump it off to Iheanacho. Iheanacho then passed it to Maddison who tied the game at one apiece.

Buendia created two beautiful chances in the 27’ and 30’ but thankfully none of them came to fruition. He slid a beautiful ball across our defense yet Watkins couldn’t get the finish. A corner then came to Buendia in the 30’ yet his header bounced off the crossbar, meaning he hit the crossbar for the second time today.

The foxes would coincide an unfortunate goal in the 31’ when Watkins sent a shot straight at Souttar’s right boot. The ball would then deflect over Ward giving Villa a 2-1 lead. Leicester would start to cook right after that. A beautiful pass from Barnes; his best of the season, lead to an Iheanacho-headed goal in the 40’. Then in the final seconds of the half, Iheanacho would find Tete who would fake out Martinez and would score on his debut. Leicester lead 3-2 heading into the break.

The second half was strong from Villa. They carried more possession and were getting shot attempts. However, the sole goal of the second half came from Dennis Praet. Barnes would get his second assist of the game in the 78’ when he sent a through ball to Praet. Like Tete, Praet would dribble past Martinez and would get the ball in the back of the net. The game would end with a score of 4-2.