What a difference a year can make, especially to Barclays Premier League team; Leicester City. The Foxes now-managed by Claudio Ranieri gained promotion into the top-flight last season and finished 14th under the guidance of Nigel Pearson. Ranieri is no stranger to the Premier League after guiding Chelsea from 2000-2004.
At the start of this season, Pearson was relieved of his duties, and Ranieri was brought in to manage the team. Heading into the Christmas holiday this season, Leicester are at the top of the BPL table with 38 points in 17 games. Last season, they finished with 41 points in a full 38 game season.
It is definitely a heartwarming story to see this team climb their way into the top spot after a tough season last year. Forward Jamie Vardy and Midfielder Riyad Mahrez are two big reasons why this team has been successful this year.
Vardy, who made his way to Leicester in 2012 from lower-league Fleetwood Town leads the BPL in goals with 15 in 17 league appearances. He is a striker with a ton of pace and skill that is sometimes overlooked.
Mahrez, the Algerian international has also chipped in with 13 goals and seven assists so far this season in 16 league appearances. He is only 24 and has a lot of years left in him to grow into an ever better player for club and country.
As a team, Leicester works as a pact that wants possession but gets a lot of their chances off of the counter-attack. They have beaten the likes of Everton, Chelsea, and Crystal Palace so far this year, with their only league loss coming to Arsenal back on September 26th.
However, it is too early to say whether or not Leicester will win the title, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham closely behind them in points. If Vardy and Mahrez continue to score goals and lead the team, then it could end good for the Foxes.
Still, it is a great story for the Barclays Premier League and the town of Leicester that is still looking for its first top-flight title in the club’s history.
Larry Henry Jr.
Spark Sports Analyst