Leicester City supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second straight Premier League defeat last time out.
Claude Puel’s men went into their trip to Bournemouth off the back of losing 2-1 at home to early pace-setters Liverpool in their preceding league encounter, and thus seeking to bounce back on the South Coast at the weekend. Yet the Foxes were comfortably second-best in going down 4-2 to the Cherries, with a brace from Ryan Fraser alongside strikes from Josh King and Adam Smith inspiring Eddie Howe’s side to victory, what with efforts from James Maddison and Marc Albrighton too little too late for the Midlands outfit.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who has stated that ‘you don’t know what you are going to get from Leicester’.
And such has been their inconsistency this term, and indeed at times last season, Merson rightly identifies a key problem with Puel’s side, and perhaps the main problem preventing them from moving to the next level and challenging those sides above them in the Premier League.
Ultimately, the Foxes deserve much credit for securing a ninth place finish in the top-flight last season, especially given they were languishing in and around the bottom three when Frenchman Puel took over at the end of October.
Yet several Leicester fans were bemoaning what might have been over the summer given their team managed just five victories in the Premier League in the second half of the 2017/18 season, and having finished just seven points adrift of Burnley, whose seventh place effort earned them a Europa League berth, European football was certainly within their grasp.
And just when one thought they might go on a run after beating West Brom and Brighton at the end of March, they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle United before losing at Burnley – they simply weren’t consistent enough.
And that inconsistency has seeped through into this season as well, as while the Foxes played well in defeat to Manchester United on the opening day, back-to-back victories over Wolves and Southampton suggested that they meant business.
And while losing at home to Liverpool is no disgrace, many would have expected Puel’s side to go to Bournemouth reasonably confident given they played well against the Reds and won their two games prior to that, only to produce arguably their worst performance of the season to date – where’s the consistency?
And if they harbour ambitions of improving upon their ninth place finish this term, and perhaps challenging for a European spot, they have to find a way to be more consistent in both their performances and indeed their results – that is what is costing them.
As such, Merson is absolutely spot on to suggest that it’s difficult to know what one is going to get from Puel’s side on any given day.
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