Leicester City secured a draw against Ipswich Town after Jeremy Sarmiento capitalized on a rebound, equalizing in the dying minutes. Leicester dominated the first half, taking the lead through smart link-up play that led to Leif Davis putting the ball into his own net. Ipswich came back strong in the second half, scoring yet another late goal and denying the home side the three points.
Leicester currently faces a significant challenge in their midfield, with Wilfred Ndidi sidelined due to injury and Cesare Casadei's sudden recall by Chelsea.
Ricardo Pereira performed admirably in a midfield role and could be a more frequent presence there. However, Yunus Akgun struggled to make an impact after replacing Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Despite his commendable commitment and workrate, Akgun isn't as effective in the center, especially in games where Leicester is defending a narrow lead.
With Callum Doyle set to return from injury, deploying Hamza Choudhury in his preferred defensive midfielder position could provide additional protection to the defense.
Maresca’s Tactical Rigidity
While Enzo Maresca is proving to be an excellent manager for the Foxes, his stubbornness on certain matters is becoming a point of contention. Fans have been frustrated by his reluctance to make substitutions, evident in the game against Ipswich when Kasey McAteer, seemingly dealing with cramps, played on until the late equalizer.
Dennis Praet, despite being involved with the First Team in recent weeks, hasn't been given a chance during this challenging period. Although fitness concerns are cited, giving Praet minutes is crucial for him to regain match fitness. At peak fitness, Praet is undoubtedly one of the best Championship midfielders.
The prolonged pursuit of Stefano Sensi, given his injury record and Inter Milan's delaying his transfer, prompts questions about exploring alternative options.
Consideration for Tactical Adjustments
Maresca could explore tactical adjustments, especially in the dying minutes, to counter late goals. While memories of past defensive approaches might not be pleasant, the current state of the club could warrant short-term solutions.
In the last ten minutes, if midfielders are fatigued or not impactful, having an extra man in the back could be preferable. With three capable center-backs in Jannik Vestergaard, Wout Faes, and Conor Coady, along with James Justin and Callum Doyle adept as wide center-backs, adopting a three-at-the-back formation could bolster the defense while maintaining a threat on the counterattack.