A lot of Leicester City fans were left baffled yesterday as Claude Puel seemed to want Manchester United to win just as much as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After Marcus Rashford scored early the Foxes were left chasing a goal, and they weren’t happy to see James Maddison hooked with half an hour to play.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) 3 February 2019
This time last year James Maddison was a Championship player with Norwich City, however, he’s currently one of the best creative forces outside of the top six, and the Foxes were fuming when Puel hooked him yesterday. The 22-year-old has managed five goals and four assists in his 22 Premier League games this season, and the King Power Stadium usually look him to him when they need an impact.
However, in yesterday’s clash when they needed someone to step up, Puel took off the man who so often delivers for them. The fans were left livid and had to suffer the final 30 minutes with Rachid Ghezzal the man bearing the creative burden. The Algerian may have produced a fine save from David De Gea after his introduction, but the fans would much rather have seen him playing alongside Maddison yesterday as opposed to be subbed on in place of the Englishman.
You can read the Foxes’ verdict on Puel’s decision to sub Maddison here:
Yes lads take the best player of your team out the game
— ~ (@remyboy24) February 3, 2019
Should have been mendy going off ffs
— (@DelaineMoore3) 3 February 2019
0-1 at home takes off chief chance creator. High risk gamble by puel.
— Andy White (@AndyWhi23781908) February 3, 2019
Just when you are trying to understand Puel he does this. I think he might be deliberately trying to annoy everyone
— big lee lee (@tubbytriathlete) February 3, 2019
I can’t believe this sub
— Aslam Shaikh (@iamaslam_) February 3, 2019
Why has Madison come off!! He's the best player ?!
— Jemma Sprakes (@JemmaSprakes) February 3, 2019
Maddison has been the most creative player today!! Deserve too loose if he’s making decisions like that
— Jack White (@JackWhitey95) February 3, 2019
Ridiculous change. What is puel doing?
— HITMANHARJ (@hitmanharj) February 3, 2019
Wtf has Puel got against Maddison???
— Mark (@jennings_182) February 3, 2019
Why sub him off? Awful sub! Killing off any creativity we had going forward, shocking
— Suhail (@suz345) February 3, 2019
The Foxes were livid at Puel when he decided to hook Maddison and would love to hear an explanation of why he made such a bold call.
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