Leeds 1-1 Leicester: 3 things FoL learned

Dean Smith, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Dean Smith the manager / head coach of Leicester City with Caglar Soyuncu (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

Dean Smith has instilled fight and desire into Leicester City

After Leicester City’s insipid loss at Bournemouth just a few weeks ago, many were resigned to the prospect of relegation. Whilst LCFC are still in a battle to survive, Dean Smith can be credited for giving the Foxes much-needed hope. Since the Bournemouth result, Leicester have picked up four points out of a realistic six on offer. This has seen the probability of relegation fall from 48% to 27% according to FiveThirtyEight.

Such an upturn in fortunes has coincided with the resurgence of several players. Boubakary Soumare and Caglar Soyuncu again showed their qualities, and the latter continues to make a mockery of Rodgers’ decision to freeze him out.

It looks likely that Leicester City will need two more wins to survive, but the battling display against Leeds showcased that the players have a new determination and resolve to overcome adversity. Such mental qualities will be invaluable in the upcoming weeks, as long as it is accompanied by enough quality as well. The impact such performances have had on the fanbase can be illustrated by the vocal LCFC support that has been at its best in recent weeks.

That being said, the failure to keep clean sheets and also the habit of conceding first is something the Foxes must root out. LCFC have conceded first in 16 matches this calendar year alone.