Fearless Foxes

Leicester City

Brian Ames, Editor

A year ago if I would have said that Leicester (Lester) City would win the Premier League next season you would have asked me if I needed a ride to the hospital.  At this time last year Leicester City sat at the bottom of the league with 7 games to go.  After a miraculous escape from relegation, where the bottom 3 teams in the league are moved into the second division, Leicester sacked their manager during their offseason tour.

That worked out shockingly well for the club who had barely escaped relegation, and many were certain that they couldn’t survive another year in the top flight. The club appointed Claudio Ranieri, an Italian, who has managed in 4 out of 5 Europe’s top leagues. The “Tinkerman,” a nickname he picked up while at Chelsea, is famous for toying with his lineup to try and get the best out of his players. This season at Leicester, his first season there, he had the right players and his tinkering is leading the team to a title.

I would like to doubt them, but the last time I did that they led a miraculous charge at the BPL title.”

You can’t talk about Leicester City without Jamie Vardy. Jamie Vardy is one of the greatest stories that the soccer scriptwriters have ever written. Blessed with determination, speed, and an eye for the net, his goals have led the Foxes to where they are now. He currently sits at 21 goals on the season. What makes him extraordinary is that 6 years ago he was playing with Halifax Town, a team currently in the lowly conferences of English soccer leagues. Then he went to Fleetwood Town who are three tiers under the Premier League.  He finally joined Leicester in 2012 and, as they say, the rest is history.

Vardy’s partner in crime is Algerian attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez. He currently has 11 assists and 16 goals for the Foxes. He is a lot like Jamie Vardy in how he worked his way through the lower divisions of professional football. Starting in the French 4th division, he then transferred to Ligue 2 with Le Havre. In 2014 he crossed the English channel to his current home of King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Soccer, however, is a team sport and Leicester would not be in the unbelievable position they are now without their defense. With the likes of left back Christian Fuchs, center backs Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, no easy goals will be scored. I could go on forever about all the players (thank you Tinkerman), but I must stop.

With their 2-0 win over Sunderland and Manchester United’s 3-0 loss at White Hart Lane, the Foxes will be playing in the Champions League next season.  How will Leicester City possibly fair against Lionel Messi and Barcelona, or Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid? I would like to doubt them, but the last time I did that they led a miraculous charge at the BPL title.  So I am going to sit back and enjoy the Leicester City show, which has a new episode this Sunday at 7:30 a.m.