Watford 1-2 Leicester City: Three Standout Performers in another win for Enzo Maresca

Leicester City triumphed away at Watford as they looked to retain their lead at the summit of the EFL Championship. Three players ran the show for the Foxes today, and here is who they were.
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A 1-2 win for Enzo Maresca's men means they are now 11 points clear of second placed Southampton and 15 points clear of fourth placed Ipswich Town. The King Power side were not excessively dominant in this tie, only having slightly higher possession and actually conceding more shots on to the opposition. Nevertheless, a win is a win.

Of course, most of the focus of the day will go to the points gained, but it is worth looking at which players most contributed to the success during the fixture. Those arguably must include Patson Daka, Ricardo Pereira, and Dennis Praet.

Leicester City's Zambian striker

Although not a particularly spectacular performance, it is certainly hard to argue with the core stats displayed by Daka. A penalty goal converted, 84% passing accuracy, and winning the majority of his ground duels with opposing defenders. The Zambian did more than merely attack: he created chances for others.

Despite the previous lack of support the player faced from Leicester due to the form of Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy, the forward has managed to force his way into the team. Daka links up well with Stephy Mavididi (who barely featured in this tie) and Abdul Fatawu, making the Foxes front line dangerous.

The Portuguese Beast

Ricardo Pereira is obviously one of the best players to wear the Leicester City shirt. Regularly captaining the side, the Portuguese fullback turned midfielder consistently performs to the highest of standards expected. And the 'Hornets' match displayed no different conclusion.

A goal, tonnes of tackles, plenty of forward runs to frustrate and move defenders, and great interplay with the wingers and midfield partners. This seems to be the best version of Pereira we are getting: one that disrupts play, builds up play, and can win the ball when needed. On top of this, by constantly winning his duels with opposition players, 'Ricky P' also helps us to retain the ball.

The Belgian Outcast

This one might be controversial but hear me out. Praet has near enough been ostrecised from the side, seldom making an appearance for the club even when a slot in the squad had opened up due to injury of absence. At the moment, the Belgian has played little football, yet started this match. And he played well.

The player was creative, worked well with his midfield companions, and progressed forward into attacking positions when the team were arriving at the edge of the box. In essence, Praet made runs late to support the attack and offer one route for a possible shot at goal. Of course, this led to nothing within this fixture, and we would probably need to see more coming from the midfielder if he wants to keep that space going forward.