After what seemed like an eternity of international football rudely wedged into our amazing start, Leicester City Football Club have made a drama-filled return to league action with a long trip down to Swansea City. As for most of the season, the Foxes dominated the ball and created many chances, in this game in particular in the first half.
Despite Enzo Maresca’s league leading side controlling play and creating superb chances for most of the game, Swansea would take the lead in this game. It wouldn’t last terribly long as goals from Jannik Vestergaard, Abdul Fatawu, and Kelechi Iheanacho would see Leicester City cruise to a comfortable three to one victory.
Not only was it a club record sixth straight league away win, but in fact a Championship record for most points taken from a clubs first 12 games since the 2nd division since its current iteration came to being in 2005. To say the Foxes are making history this campaign would certainly no longer be hyperbolic. Let’s look at three standout players who really impressed in this record setting win.
My third most impressive player this game would have to be the big man himself, Mr. Jannik Vestergaard. I truly hope he continues on this redemption arc and eventually solves world hunger and all other ails of people who are suffering. He scored a goal, was prolific passing from the back (again), and put in a solid defensive performance, save for his twice-a-game clumsy blunder. I just can’t help be impressed every time Vestergaard has a standout performance given the absolute venom he received from so many fans at the start of this season.
Coming in at the second stand out in a great come back win for Maresca’s marauding Foxes would be Stephy Mavididi. At 25, he is showing the perfect blend of experience and athleticism that Maresca saw that got him signed here. He terrorized his fullback all game and while he didn’t register a goal or assist this time out, it’s obvious he was instrumental in this win. He seems as though he will be a huge part of our run to bounce straight back up to the Premier League this season.
Although it may be played out and cliche at this point, I have to give top spot to Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. What do we have here, I mean really? Can we do a Barcelona-esque £1 billion release clause on him please? A RollsRoyce in this league, truly. And this is in acknowledgement of the fact he didn’t have his best game today.
There were a fair amount of decisions I think Dewsbury-Hall got wrong today. A pass that wasn’t on, a shot that needed better placement. It’s truly scary to know that a player who didn’t have their best game still ran it with relative ease. He is showing exactly why Liverpool were apparently sniffing around him this summer, and why City need to hold onto him for as long as they can. I fear it’s only a matter of time though, it is our model it seems.
Leicester City seem to be slowly getting into their full stride. Enzo Maresca seems happy at the end of most games, and I’m sure all fans will be thrilled with the record setting start the club is making. Although everything is rosy at the moment, we must all trust this manager when trouble does inevitably come in the form of injuries or just challenging runs of form. We can see his ideas work; let’s trust him to stabilize the ship when we get rocked by the unpredictable waves of the second division. Bring on Sunderland! Until next time, up the boys!