If someone had said that Leicester City would be sitting third in the Premier League and just three points behind top spot in November, I would have said you have got to be joking. But it’s happening, and after last Saturday’s 2-3 win at West Brom, they are gaining more and more confidence and don’t look like losing. In fact, the Foxes have lost just once so far this season, and have picked up some brilliant results to add. But can they maintain this rich vein of form? That is the question.
Claudio Ranieri took over as Leicester City manager on July 13 this year. He has done a terrific job at the club since arriving, making some excellent signings as well as bring out the best from the squad he inherited. He has installed a great philosophy to the team and has them playing some outstanding counter attacking football. They look fearless no matter who they play and Ranieri, plus his backroom staff, are due a lot of credit for that. Some eyebrows were raised when Nigel Pearson got the sack after guiding the club to safety from a seemingly impossible position at Christmas last year. But winning seven of their last nine Premier League games meant they ended up finishing a respectable 15th place. Before a ball was kicked this season, I am sure the majority of Leicester fans would have taken a similar position come the end of this season and generally overall stability at the club. However, after this wonderful start and sitting third in the table in November, expectations will naturally get higher at the club.
To date, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich have scored more goals in Europe than striker Jamie Vardy. He and Riyad Mahrez are the joint top scorers in the Premier League which really is astonishing. Vardy was playing Non-League football at Halifax Town not too long ago in 2011. His rise to the promise land must be inspiration to so many young players up and down the country. If he maintains this form, he will leave England manager Roy Hodgson with no choice but to select him for the up and coming Euro 2016. It’s not just the fact that he has scored 11 Premier League goals so far this season, it’s his performances that are equally impressive. He looks hungry to play the game and will chase lost causes from start to finish. It’s great to watch every week and if he keeps it up from now until the end of the season, he could well pull his club into (the very least) a top half finish.
To add to the positivity, Leicester could well pick up plenty more points in the month of November. They host a Watford side next who are having a great start to the season as well, currently in eleventh. But with the way things are going for the Foxes and the goals they are scoring, it would take a brave man to bet against them. They then travel to St James Park after the international break. Despite picking up a point against Stoke last weekend, Steve McClaren’s side are struggling. Currently with just one win so far this season, albeit a big 6-2 win against Norwich, you will have to fancy Leicester to score goals against a leaky Newcastle defence and pick up another win the way things are going. To end November, Leicester host Manchester United. Who can forget Leicester’s famous 5-3 victory against Louis van Gaal’s men last season, with the Foxes battling back from 1-3 down to claim an unlikely victory. United have struggled to find the net having played out three 0-0 draws in a row and today sit a place and a point behind Leicester. It could well be another explosive game and exciting month for Leicester City Football Club.