Rewind to just 7 months ago and you’ll find Leicester City lining up to play against West Ham United at the King Power, a team without a win in 8 matches and certain of relegation from the Premier League.
A 2-1 win that started a miraculous escape from the bottom 3 and a run of 7 wins from their final 9 matches!
A 14th place finish with a summer of managerial and key player departures later, the dubious choice of Claudio Ranieri was appointed in the East Midlands.
The Italian former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Monaco gaffer arrived after an extremely unsuccessful spell as the Manager of the Greece National team. In this role he oversaw a home qualifying defeat to the minnows of Faroe Island.
Arrivals in the relatively unknown form of Shinji Okazaki, N’Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane would have done little to raise the hopes of the Foxes fans.
However, all of this aside……What a start they have made to this season!
6 wins and only 1 defeat in the 1st 11 games of this season currently see City cemented in 3rd place, there does seem to be a touch of Keegan’s Newcastle about Leicester this year and that is refreshing for the sometimes too “tactical” top division.
I, for one, love the “you score 2, we’ll score 3 mentality” that has seen Leicester score nearly as much as City but yet concede a similar amount to Villa.
Leicester will need the fine form of England International Jamie Vardy and rumoured Man Utd target, Riyad Mahrez, to continue if they are to still be in contention towards the top end of the table come 2016. An extremely tough December that consists of home games against Chelsea and Man City with away days to Swansea and both sides of Stanley Park will produce difficult opportunities for points.
Special mentions also need to go to West Ham and Southampton but it’s the Foxes who have captured my imagination and long may they continue to provide us with entertainment for the rest of this season.