THEY had successful years under Martin O’Neill, with players like Muzzy Izzet, Neil Lennon and Emily Heskey but Leicester City surprised the world when they won the Premier League in 2016 and it’s obvious to pick their three most influential players during the Premier League era from that title winning team.
Jamie Vardy was a €1.2 million risk that Leicester were the only side willing to take.
Vardy was playing non-league football for Fleetwood Town in 2012 and had drawn a lot of attention from clubs but teams weren’t willing to pay such a significant fee for a 25-year-old who had never played league football.
Vardy has proven to be one of the greatest bargains ever and his success story has given other lower league players hope, that it is never too late.
Renowned for his blistering pace, Vardy was instrumental in Leicester’s title success, setting a new Premier League record by scoring in ten consecutive league matches.
The way Leicester played during the club’s successful season was built around Vardy and his pace. Vardy has proved as time has gone on, that he is not just a one trick pony and doesn’t solely rely on his pace.
He has excellent movement and his finishing ability is among the best in the world. Loyalty is a trait very seldom in players but Vardy has this in abundance after the striker refused a transfer to Arsenal in 2016.
N’Golo Kante was only at the club for one season but made an impact like no other. Often described as having two players on the pitch because of the way he covered so much ground during a game, Kante, like Leicester winning the title, is a rag to riches story.An unheard of and humble player, Kante is the type of player every manager, supporter and fellow professionals would want in their team. Kante was so good, he made Danny Drinkwater look like a world-class player.
Leicester weren’t the first club to be made aware of Kante. A Middlesbrough fan tweeted his club before Kante signed for the Foxes, asking them to watch the midfielder.Middlesbrough did respond to the fan but obviously did not take his suggestion serious. Otherwise, it could have been so different for the Frenchman.
Riyad Mahrez spearheaded Leicester’s title success scoring 17 goals, providing 11 assists as well as winning the PFA Player of the Year in that season. He’s one of these players that opponents know what he is going to do but still cannot stop him.
His chances have been limited since his switch to City but Mahrez showcased just how talented a player he was and is during his four seasons with the Foxes.