Three talking points from Leicester City’s victory over Blackburn Rovers. The financial advantage possessed by the Foxes, the case for pragmatism, and the new kit.
The haves and the have nots
The Foxes eased to a 4-1 victory over Blackburn, their first at Ewood Park since 1997, without really getting into top gear. What is striking about the result is the huge gap between the resources available to each side. Blackburn, on a limited budget, lost key forward players – Ben Brereton Diaz (to Villarreal) and Bradley Dack (to Sunderland) – over the summer and are suffering from injuries to some of their remaining talent such as strikers Ryan Hedges and Sam Gallagher. The young side that Jon Dahl Tomasson was able to field were, ultimately, no match for a Leicester side who are now four points clear of third placed Preston.
LCFC, on the other hand, have a squad depth which is the envy of their competitors in the Championship. Yes, the King Power outfit lost James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and a number of others – Johnny Evans and Youri Tielemans amongst them. However, they have retained Premier League quality players who might have moved on – including Wilfred Ndidi, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Kelechi Iheanacho – as well as bringing in some additional talent.
It was the quality of Leicester’s attacking play that caught the eye at Ewood Park. Ndidi’s tireless running in his new No.8 role, a signature Vardy finish, a cool Iheanacho penalty and a sublime dinked finish from Dewsbury-Hall.