3 Things learnt from Leicester’s win vs Northampton

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Callum Doyle of Leicester City looks on during the Pre-Season friendly game between Northampton Town and Leicester City at Sixfields on July 15, 2023 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images) /

Finally, the impact of signings

Just three signings and three youth promotions later and the Foxes already look like a whole new team. Of course the reemergence of our dear ‘Ricky P’ is also a major boon. Leicester with Coady at the back looked composed, with Doyle was progressive, and then there was Winks. The English midfielder has to be one of the best passers of the ball we have seen.

Truly the heir to Youri Tielemans’ No. 8 role: Harry Winks was incessantly involved and consistent. Particularly impactful was the old duly neat passing we saw, even when under pressure – something our Belgian ‘Starman’ is renowned for. Winksy would often chip the ball over pressing attackers to break the press and allow his fellow midfield ‘progressor’ – a fullback – to collect the ball untroubled and break forward or pass into a more dangerous position.

Clearly, the signings have made a major impact on the outlook of the squad. With Coady looking so sound at the back, it is almost inevitable that we shall see Harry Souttar, Wout Faes, and Coady as our main back three. However, there is a caveat, a player such as the Danish left-back might actually be better for that back three than either Souttar or Faes, as Doyle had done with getting forward and involved in attacking plays. I do not believe Souttar to be that kind of player, although time will tell on that front.

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Overall then, we learnt about how ‘Marescaball’ will set Leicester City out, which players the boss trusts, and how impactful a refresh will be for the outlook of the Foxes. We shall see if this trend of domination within matches carries into the EFL Championship campaign.