Leicester City’s man of the match, Caglar Soyuncu reminded fans just how good he can be. Having been cast away by Brendan Rodgers after a torrid last season – a campaign in which no particular defender did themselves any real credit – many were pining for his return following the arrival of Dean Smith.
Smith did just that and handed Soyuncu only his third league appearance against Manchester City last week. Clearly impressing the interim manager, Soyuncu received his second successive start against Wolves and he was imperious.
Clearly filled with confidence from a manager who believes in him, the Turkish international was a defensive rock against the West Midlands visitors. He won 100% of his duels – both on the ground and in the air – clocking a total of 11 duels won, the most of anyone on the pitch.
Not only that, but Soyuncu also tallied a total of two blocks, seven clearances, one interception and seven recoveries, all whilst retaining a perfect discipline record. The best player on the pitch, he nearly capped off his performance with a goal after the ball fell to him following a corner kick, but his powerful effort was smartly palmed away by Sa.
It was a game to further embarrass his former manager, with Soyuncu and Faes making a solid partnership together: both being able to play from the back or ping accurate long balls to the likes of Vardy or Tete. With Harry Souttar on the bench, he’ll be scratching his head as to how he can displace Soyuncu following that display – though Smith clearly trusts all three to be able to play together.
The only downside to the game is that it looks even more likely that the 26-year-old (who is still yet to reach his full potential) will be leaving the King Power for nothing come the summer, Atletico Madrid are getting closer to securing his services on a pre-contract agreement.
If Soyuncu keeps playing like this, he’ll be making the Atletico fans mouth’s water at the prospect of his signing, whilst Foxes fans will be ruing his mistreatment by Rodgers. Who knows, if Smith had arrived sooner, we could have seen Cags extend his stay at Leicester City.