Leicester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side beat Southampton to secure back-to-back Premier League victories.
Claude Puel’s men may well have begun the campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, but the Foxes bounced back admirably in beating Wolves 2-0 the weekend after, before adding another three points to their tally with a 2-1 success at St Mary’s on Saturday. They fell behind to Ryan Bertrand’s fine strike on the South Coast, only to respond with goals from Demarai Gray and Harry Maguire to take all three points back to the King Power Stadium.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Leicester fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on messrs Gray and Maguire for getting the crucial goals on Saturday.
Winger Gray has made an encouraging start to the campaign and was rewarded with a fine goal against the Saints, while England international Maguire, fresh from a great summer with his country at the World Cup, bagged his first goal of the season to seal the win a minute into injury time.
And while the duo have rightly earned much praise for their efforts, it was £2.7 million-rated Wes Morgan (as per Transfermarkt) who was the Foxes’ unsung hero in victory over Mark Hughes’ Southampton.
The 34-year-old defender may well have feared for his Leicester future over the summer following the addition of fellow centre backs Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic, and Caglar Soyuncu, with his exclusion from the starting eleven against Wolves a possible sign of things to come.
Yet he was reinstated into Puel’s side for the trip to the South Coast, and the Foxes captain reminded us all of just how reliable a defender he is at Premier League level with a dominant display alongside Maguire in the heart of the Leicester backline.
The former Nottingham Forest man completed 90% of his passes (27/30) to underline a composure and awareness when on the ball, but it was off the ball in which he really shone to help the Foxes restrict the Saints – ultimately, it was a wonder-strike from Bertrand that undid the visitors.
Morgan won a team-high five aerial duels over the course of the 90 minutes as well as both of the tackles he attempted, at the same time making a crucial interception and indeed six clearances during the match – only central defensive partner Maguire (ten) made more.
Thus, it was a solid display from the 34-year-old upon return to the starting eleven which is sure to give Puel something to think about ahead of the visit of Liverpool next weekend, with Morgan showcasing the abilities that helped him captain the club to the Premier League title back in 2016.
Mentions must also go to midfielder Nampalys Mendy, who orchestrated things brilliantly in the middle of the park, and right back Daniel Amartey, who although not a right back by trade put in a solid enough performance to suggest that he may well remain ahead of Danny Simpson in the pecking order.
And while messrs Gray and Maguire deserve huge credit for delivering the goods on the South Coast, it was Morgan who was Leicester’s unsung hero on Saturday.
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