Ricardo Pereira: 6
A solid if unspectacular performance from the inverted full-back, who is clearly a very intelligent footballer compared to many at Championship level. There did however seem to be a detachment between his ideas and execution, with various examples of overhit passes or the wrong choice, plus a few instances of being caught in possession.
Wout Faes: 6
The confidence and exuberance Faes showed in parts last season seems to be returning to the fore with the more good results his side seem to pick up. A competent defensive showing from the Belgian who seems to take more risks in possession as he further adapts to playing at a different level.
Jannik Vestergaard: 5
A composed performance in possession for Vestergaard, who still shows us he is a liability in a defensive sense. Fred Onyedinma’s equaliser stemmed from the Dane being caught under the ball from a diagonal cross.
Callum Doyle: 7
The young loanee from Manchester City continues to grow in both confidence and competence in his second consecutive spell in this division. Excelling in both wide areas in attack and more central areas when the ball is on the other side, Doyle is proving to be an excellent acquisition for the Foxes. After arrowing a pinpoint diagonal ball to Kasey McAteer for the winning goal, the teenager was instrumental in the effort to run the clock down towards the end of the game.
Wilfred Ndidi: 3
Enzo Maresca‘s experiment with Wilfred Ndidi could well be coming to an end, with Dennis Praet braced for a return from the treatment table. The Nigerian had one of those Wilfred Ndidi games where most things that could go wrong did.
For a system that relies so much on ball retention, especially in midfield, Ndidi’s inclusion does seem somewhat counter-intuitive given his track record with the ball at his feet. There was one failed attempt at a cross-field ball that led to one Foxes fan exclaiming: “If you can’t pass it 5 yards, don’t try 50!”
Harry Winks: 7
One player who looks a cut above the opposition at Championship level is Harry Winks, who excelled once more this afternoon in that reserved midfield berth. The former Tottenham man painted a figure of calmness on what was a stressful assignment for City. During the second half he helped the Foxes out of a seemingly inescapable corner to start an attack; it’s clear to see just how important he is to Maresca’s system.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: 4
The Shepshed-born dynamo has had one of these matches coming for a while, so for City to pick up all three points without their engine room performing at 100% is still encouraging. Dewsbury-Hall was sloppy in possession, but his energy towards the match’s end was important in seeing the game out.