With the International break upon us and Leicester City out of action for the time being, it is a great opportunity for reflect on what has transpired over recent times. Instead of dwelling on the back-to-back losses the side have suffered. Let us use this as an opportunity to look back at some of the clubs finest players over the King Power era. In this particularly edition we will be looking at some of the best midfielders to ever wear a Foxes shirt.
A great servant to the club would be a complete understatement when it came to Andy King. The only player within the Premier League era to win League One, the Championship and the Premier League with the same club. The now Bristol City, man played over 300 times for the Foxes and scored over 50 goals playing primarily as a central midfielder. The grace in which he would arrive late into the box and casually caress the ball into the top corner was an absolute pleasure.
The journey his career took, starting from an academy graduate all the way to Premier League winner. Is something that will have his name etched into City folklore for many years to come. The reception that he received during his return to the King Power this season was a casing point of how he will forever be appreciated amongst the fanbase.
Although his tenure was only one season long it is arguably one of the best individual seasons in Premier League history. His impact on Leicester’s historic title was only really made apparent the season he left, there was a gaping hole in LCFC’s midfield which ultimately meant City’s title defence went down the drain fairly quickly. As the man who was the lynchpin of that exceptional defensive unit was no longer in the blue of Leicester but the blue of Chelsea, where he was once again instrumental in a successive Premier League title win.
Kante is in the conversation for the greatest holding midfielder to ever grace the English top-flight, his ball winning ability is some of the best we have ever seen and at times made it appear as if the side he was playing in had an extra man protecting the back-four. His impact on both the City of Leicester and the Premier League is something that will always be remembered by fans all over the world.
Youri Tielemans of Leicester City
Despite his departure of the East Midlands Club leaving fans with a somewhat sour taste in their mouth. He did deliver Foxes fans with one of the greatest moments and achievements in the club’s long history. An FA Cup. A trophy most Leicester fans, only ever dreamt of winning. And the manner in which he won that trophy, scoring one of the best cup final goals of all time was merely the icing on the cake.
However, the Belgian is not only on this list because of this one moment – although it hasn’t hurt his case – but also the years leading up to this instance, in fact. His partnership with Wilfred Ndidi was the cornerstone to Leicester’s two fifth-placed finishes resulting in two European runs.
His exceptional ability to break the lines and unlock defences with one pass. An unmatched capability to score long ranged efforts. Accompanied with the masterful way he would dictate the tempo of games, made him an absolute joy to watch at times in a Leicester City shirt. Yes his time may have fizzled out somewhat anticlimactically, but the time he spent in the first few years at the club were some of the best we have ever seen.