Leicester City picked up their first win of their pre-season campaign as a first-half Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall header was enough to beat Northampton Town at a soggy Sixfields stadium. Enzo Maresca’s side created numerous chances to extend their lead but failed to convert opportunities, but his style of play was impressive and was an indication of a shift to more positive tactics.
This was Leicester fans’ one and only opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Foxes in the UK as they will now jet out to Thailand to face Tottenham next week. They will then face Liverpool a week later in Singapore with both matches giving a clearer view of Maresca’s team.
Here are three Leicester City players that impressed
Harry Winks: The summer recruit had a strong debut as he demonstrated his composure and quality on the ball. The English midfielder loved to control possession of the ball and didn’t really break a sweat all afternoon.
The England international also showcased his fine passing range as he sprayed it about the pitch from midfield. Him and Dewsbury-Hall look to be a good midfield pair as Winks’ possession based style of play allows Dewsbury-Hall to get forward a bit more.
Ricardo Pereira: The right-back looks dangerous so far in pre-season after coming through an injury-plagued season he looks raring to go. Ricardo followed up his goal against Peterborough with an assist for the only goal of the game.
The Portuguese international flourished in his new role as an inverted midfielder that Maresca has him playing which allowed him to demonstrate his attacking abilities more and get on the ball more often. Leicester fans will be licking their lips if this is the sort of form that he takes into the Championship season.
Wanya Marcal-Madivadua: The 20-year-old was handed a start and managed to get 60 minutes under his belt. The Portuguese winger is said to be one of the most promising wingers at the club and he showed that against Northampton.
Marcal-Madivadua was not afraid to run at his opponent and looks like a player that enjoys taking defenders on 1v1. The academy product’s low centre of gravity allows him to make flamboyant runs through defences. Maresca will be keeping a keen eye on his development.