AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Leicester City: Player ratings as Foxes march on to quarter finals

After back-to-back losses Leicester City returned to winning ways Tuesday night with a 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup. In what was a highly competitive contest against Premier League opposition Abdul Fatawu's extra-time wonder goal was the only thing that could separate the two sides.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round / Warren Little/GettyImages

Much like the Cherries, Enzo Maresca made whole sale changes to the side that lost to Leeds, giving opportunities to many fringe first team players. Despite these nine changes, LCFC were deserved winners and now await for their quarter final opponent that will be revealed Wednesday night. Here are the Foxes of Leicester's player ratings for the victory.

Starting XI:

Jakub Stolarczyk: 7

Despite at times being slightly naïve with some of his distribution, the 23-year-old showed an excellent amount of composure and ability to bypass the Bournemouth press. Especially with his accurate long passes, which a lot of the time bailed City out of trouble when they were being somewhat suffocated by the home team. Stolarczyk has come on leaps and bounds this season and looks better with every performance, Tuesday night was no difference.

Hamza Choudhury: 9

A very strong argument could be made that this was Choudhury's greatest performance in a Foxes shirt. Defensively he was exceptional, near on perfect. He bullied the Bournemouth midfield with his tenacity and his athleticism. While simultaneously being extremely competent on the ball and most importantly on the half turn. Throughout the entire two hours of football he was arguably the best player on the pitch.

Jannick Vestergaard: 9

Another player who played a near perfect game, his progressive play was brilliant, and not just with his passing but with his ball carrying also. On multiple occasions it it acted as the release valve for alleviating his side from the intense early pressure they were put under. He also was flawless defensively, aerially dominant and superb in his one-on-one duels.

Conor Coady: 8

Perhaps not as flawless as his Danish counterpart, but still vitally great to the win. defensively provided great leadership and organisation. As well as some brilliant diagonal balls to unlock the oppositions defences. A great display.

Callum Doyle: 3

Simply looked lost and out of his depth for the entire length he was on the pitch. Struggled to influence the game with the ball and assist with build-up and was constantly caught out of position defensively. The side improved signifcantly when he was replaced by James Justin.

Arjan Raikhy: 4

It would be quite harsh to be too scathing of a player making his first senior start in the side, but if the 21-year-old is to ever make an attempt at breaking into the senior squad he has a ways to go. It wasn't a disaster but simply looked way below the standard of what is required from a technical standpoint in a Maresca team.

Dennis Praet: 8

Excellent throughout was the Belgian, he kept the Foxes ticking over masterfully as well breaking the lines with surging runs and good interchanges of passes. An integral part to the victory.

Yunus Akgun: 6

A mixed bag for the loanee because had he taken the golden chances he had you could argue he was the man of the match. However due to the manner of which he did miss those chances he didn't have the influence on the tie that he would have hoped. He did look very dangerous at times with some mazing runs beating multiple players, but without the end product. Still Akgun put in a marvellous shift nonetheless.

Wanya Marcal-Madivadua: 7

In my opinion this was by far the best Marcal has looked al season he terrorised Adam Smith at right back constantly all that would have been missing from his display would have been a goal or assist. Brilliant to see such an improvement from the young man.

Marc Albrighton: 6

A very typical performance from the veteran winger, extremely solid nothing spectacular - besides striking the post of course -. He gave the City great balance on the right hand side, which was needed with Choudhury playing the role that he was.

Tom Cannon: 5

His movement was good at times, stretching the Cherries defence when he could. But his impact on the game was extremely limited due to the lack of service that he received.


Ricardo Pereira: 7

Top display again for the Foxes in this inverted role. He has slowly made it his own. Most importantly his body position when receiving the ball was much improved from earlier in the season. This game was a casing point to he has improved ten fold in these aspects of his game under Maresca. Vital to his system.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 8

His hold up play after his introduction completely changed to trajectory of the tie. With LCFC struggling at times throughout the contest to keep the ball further up the pitch, Iheanacho provided this and then some. His assist to Fattawu simply exemplified his movement and decision making, a match-winning perfomrance.

Abdul Fatawu: 8

What can be said that hasn't already about the awe-inspiring Ghanaian, with surely one of the goals of the season to beat Premier League opposition. Just shows that he belongs in the Premier League himself, a deal which Leicester must be itching to get complete.

James Justin: 7

He provided security like he very often does with his recovery speed and ball carrying. He provided the Foxes much greater control thus aiding to the victory.

Ben Nelson: 6

Looked fairly assured when he came on but did not really have enough time or opportunity to impact the game much. But once again looked comfortable playing at that level.