Leicester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side register their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of a 2-0 success over Wolves on Saturday.
Claude Puel’s men opened up the new campaign back on August 10 in going down 2-1 at Manchester United at Old Trafford, but a solid performance in the North West gave fans much optimism heading into the remainder of the season. And the Foxes delivered their first victory of the campaign on Saturday as an own goal from Matt Docherty alongside a James Maddison strike clinched all three points against newly-promoted Wolves, thus leaving Nuno Espirito Santo’s men winless from their opening two games.
Subsequently, there are many thrilled Leicester fans up and down the country, several of whom have been heaping praise on summer signing Maddison, who delivered another fine performance to suggest that the Foxes were right to spend £20 million on his services back in June.
And while the England Under-21 international starred for Puel’s side on Saturday, it was £7.2 million-rated Ben Chilwell (as per Transfermarkt) who was Leicester’s unsung hero at the King Power Stadium.
The left back hasn’t always convinced the Foxes supporters of his capabilities down the flanks since breaking into the first team at the rear end of the 2016/17 campaign, but he has been backed by Puel to succeed in that role, and his efforts on Saturday suggest that he is there to stay.
The 21-year-old was magnificent down the left-hand-side for Leicester in having more touches than any other Foxes player on Saturday (82), as well as completing 38 of the 43 passes he attempted, finishing the match with a very healthy pass success rate of 88%.
Not only was the Englishman tidy on the ball, but he also did something with it in winning four out of five dribbles attempted over the course of the 90 minutes – only winger Demarai Gray (five) succeeded with more.
Thus, Chilwell was clearly a good attacking outlet for Leicester on Saturday, yet he also did his bit defensively against a Wolves side that netted twice against Everton the weekend before and certainly threatened at the King Power Stadium, with the 21-year-old winning five of the seven tackles he attempted, as well as making four clearances – one of which a brilliant one off the line with the score still at 0-0.
Special mentions must also go to fellow full back Ricardo Pereira who, like Chilwell, fulfilled his offensive and defensive duties excellently over the 90 minutes, while the efforts of Wilfred Ndidi in the middle of the park most be noted in keeping things ticking over and giving the front players a platform from which to perform.
Overall, it was a fine team performance from Leicester on Saturday, and while it is Maddison who is likely to get the headlines by netting his first goal for the club, it was 21-year-old Chilwell who was their unsung hero against Wolves.
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