Another week goes by and another week where James Maddison has earned himself a Man of the Match award, according to WhoScored.
The creative midfielder played a key role as Leicester overcame Crystal Palace 2-0 to put themselves in third in the table, having 23 points from just 11 matches.
Maddison may be taking all the plaudits for his influence in the middle of the park, but we cannot forget about the man alongside him who is keeping everything ticking along.
While the England hopeful’s stats are off the charts for the number of crosses (11) he supplies and the number of key passes (eight) he makes, he makes a lot fewer touches per match and passes altogether, meaning he often picks the ball up in dangerous areas to make an impact. In order for him to get in these pockets of space and be a threat, he needs a player who is willing to put in the yards as well as be efficient with the ball at his feet – Youri Tielemans is doing exactly that.
Given a 7.21 rating by WhoScored, he had notably good statistics all around the board for Leicester, not only impressing with the ball at his feet but also impressing without it.
Jordan Blackwell from the Leicester Mercury went with a similar score of 7, saying that “Tielemans was at his classy best for the final hour, slipping passes in behind and dictating the tempo”.
The Belgian was able to make three tackles as well as one interception to make sure that Palace’s creativity was reduced, which he managed to do very well. But as Blackwell says, his ability to control the tempo was huge for Leicester in a game which they managed to keep 56 per cent possession in. His 48 passes were more than any other midfielder on the pitch, again, being a vital player in making sure that the game was played at Leicester’s pace, and by controlling the game appropriately to ensure that Palace’s attack and counter-attack was not impactful.
It was another convincing performance from Brendan Rodgers’ men. Indeed, as Jamie Vardy keeps scoring, Maddison keeps creating and Caglar Soyuncu keeps preventing, Tielemans is doing a very good job at dictating exactly how the game is played.
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