The Leicester City fans have been pleased with the improvement of their side since Claude Puel took charge at the King Power Stadium, and they are hoping their positive run of form will continue against Stoke City later today.
The arrival of Claude Puel was met with anger and discontent by the loyal Foxes propping up our bar in the tavern, but those voices of disappointment have rapidly become something a distant memory due to Leicester’s performances under his leadership. Now that Leicester’s Premier League status is all but guaranteed, they should be aiming to finish in 7th place this season and reach the final of the FA Cup in the hope of securing a place in next seasons Europa League.
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However, the Foxes will need to show a marked improvement today if they wish to achieve three points over Stoke City. Puel’s side have only managed to record one win in their last 5 league matches, so they will need to rediscover their frightening best form today to heap further misery on a struggling Stoke City side who currently sit in 19th place.
One player who could prove to be The Potters nemesis today is Leicester’s tricky-winger Demarai Gray (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) who has been frequently overlooked by Puel in recent weeks.
Despite his apparent reluctance to start Gray in the Premier League of late, Puel handed him 90 minutes of first-team football against Sheffield United in the FA Cup last weekend, and he looked sharp throughout proceedings with his direct style of dribbling and willingness to take risks in the final third.
Stoke have conceded a whopping 53 goals this season – more than any other club in the top-flight – and that statistic alone is enough to suggest that Gray will really enjoy himself at the King Power this afternoon. The 21-year-old still has plenty of improving to do, but the only way in which he will reach his full potential is through consistent exposure to the first-team, so Puel should hand him his second consecutive start when his side face Stoke City today.