Palace 2-1 Leicester: Player ratings as Foxes flail again

James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
James Maddison of Leicester City (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) /
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Crystal Palace’s French midfielder Michael Olise (L) fights for the ball with Leicester City’s Belgian defender Wout Faes (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images) /

Faes – 7

The Belgian defender was critical to the King Power club early on. The Foxes were getting stretched by an adventurous Crystal Palace and Faes made multiple blocks and critical tackles. Without the player many goals could have been scored. The player was critical throughout both halves.

Souttar – 6

Leicester were tested defensively early on, and the Australian was critical during the multiple corners the Eagles had in the first half. A very important performance to prevent the Foxes going too far behind.

Castagne – 5

To be honest, the player did what was needed: get back and block the route for Wilfred Zaha. As can be seen from Castagne’s average position, the Belgian right-back was constantly under pressure from Zaha and stayed in the penalty area to block easy passes into strikers.

Ndidi – 6

Despite a number of crucial defensive actions, our midfield was absolutely skinned. Runners were left unmarked and space was left exploitable for Zaha and Eberechi Eze. Ndidi was one of our midfielders so should have been expected to do more.

Our Nigerian defensive midfielder massively improved for the second half. Better tackling, better ball retention, more clinical passing. Winning the ball and disrupting play as the player would be expected to.

KDH – 7

Within the first 30 seconds, the English midfielder was expected to undertake defensive actions as Crystal Palace immediately rushed through midfield and into attacking positions. KDH did what was needed to not concede so early on. This being said, we should not have been relying on lucky last ditch defending.

The English box-to-box player earned Leicester their first corner of the game in the second half. Maddison of course took it. A poor corner overall, but at least the King Power club got something. KDH also linked up well with Madders in the opening stages of the second half, showing real passion to help the Foxes start creating chances.

Madders – 6

The English midfielder was barely involved early in the match. The initial performance was unimpressive from the usual attacking, defending, and creating personality we are used to. He gave the ball away a few too many times as well.

The second half saw the player improve massively. He worked well with his fellow English midfielder to start creating chances and got onto the end of our first real attempt.