Why Leicester boss Enzo Maresca should drop Callum Doyle

The road to promotion continues for Leicester City Saturday afternoon, as they travel 19th placed Stoke City. The Foxes look to make it back to back wins and extend their lead at the summit of the Championship.
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Much of the talk after Tuesday's victory against Swansea has been around the uncomfortable atmosphere, between some of the match goers and Enzo Maresca. As well as the almost comical end to LCFC'S January transfer window. But today we are going to solely focus on what happens on the pitch. More specifically looking at who I think Maresca must be to the bench in order to ensure all three points at the Bet365 stadium this weekend.

Despite being favoured heavily by the City boss Callum Doyle has been subpar defensively not only before his injury but also since he has returned after the lengthy spell out rehabbing. This is not to say that under certain circumstances Doyle's attributes and ability is extremely useful and productive, even at times can be integral to the build-up when City are in possession. His progressive passing capabilities our extremely valuable and players like Tom Cannon and Stephy Mavididi can reap the rewards of this attribute.

However, defensively he does put the Foxes in a vulnerable situation, not just because of his lack of mobility and his defensive decision making. But because he is also playing along side one of the most immobile centre-backs in Jannick Vestergaard. A problem that occurs a lot of the time City are in their "rest defence". Of course his decision making will hopefully improve as he gains more experience, but his lack of athleticism is one of LCFC's points of weakness, that no doubt the better sides in the division - such as Leeds and Southampton - will look to exploit.

James Justin - who missed the midweek game due to illness- has the complete opposite problem, when it comes to defending and progressing the ball. Justin's contribution in the first phase of build up can be very inconsistent at times. But his base athleticism just simply means that if he does improve on that area of his game - which while being coached by Maresca, would be expected - his ceiling is so much higher than Doyle's. Especially when at the Premier League level, the athlete's City face are far superior than the players Doyle struggles with now. But the kind of players Justin was dealing with handily when he was in the England picture before his multiple lengthy injuries.