Player News - Leicester City

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Leicester City fans have more reason to celebrate an exhilarating season so far after the club announced Jamie Vardy has signed a long-term deal.

The new three-year contract is set to keep Vardy at the King Power Stadium until the summer of 2019. The announcement comes at a time when Vardy is the league's leading goalscorer with 18 tallies on the season. But that doesn't mean fantasy managers should automatically expect the striker to stay at the club after this summer (see Fabian Delph, 2015). However, it allows the club more leverage in any possible move while rewarding Vardy for the season at hand.
Feb 8 - 3:30 PM

Leicester City made the biggest statement for their case to be title-winners this season, defeating Manchester City at The Etihad, 0-3, with two goals from Robert Huth.

Every week, people wonder if the Foxes can maintain their Cinderella story season, and every week they only seem to get stronger. They went ahead quickly, when Huth turned in from close range, coming from a Riyad Mahrez free kick in the 3rd minute. It was three minutes into the second half when Mahrez broke down a shoddy defensive effort by the Citizens to work his way into the area and fire home his 14th league goal. Huth then put the game to bed on the hour mark, heading in from a Christian Fuchs corner. The Foxes got a bit too comfortable late on and would concede, but overall, they look as sharp as they have all season. They are now six points clear of Manchester City for the top spot.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 9:45 AM

Jamie Vardy scored a brace in Leicester City's 2-0 win over Liverpool.

Vardy scored twice in the second half to give Leicester a comfortable win over Liverpool. The Foxes retain first place with the win and are getting serious in their title contention. The win over Liverpool was quite impressive as it was yet another strong performance against a good team. They will be a bit worried about only possessing the ball 36.5% of the time, but they will be happy with the results.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 2 - 9:32 PM

Danny Drinkwater scored the opener and assisted on the Foxes second as Leicester City went top of the table pending Arsenal's match with Chelsea on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Stoke City.

The player of the match was Drinkwater who was his usual solid self helping to orchestrate a clean sheet from his holding midfield role. To that effort he added his first Premier League goal on a deflected drive from outside the box and a beautiful assist to Jamie Vardy from about half field. The Foxes closed out the match with Riyad Mahrez finding Leonardo Ulloa for the third. Drinkwater isn't likely to repeat the attacking performance but the match was important in that it saw both Vardy and Mahrez break out of their mini-slumps.
Jan 23 - 11:59 AM

In a contest that saw several chances for both sides, it was Leicester City who finally broke through with a Robert Huth goal to earn three big points in a 0-1 against Tottenham.

Leicester had gone their three previous league matches without a goal and it took until the 83rd minute tonight to break out of the rut, but it was enough to keep them in contention for a Champions League spot this season. They had chances along the way including a volley by Danny Drinkwater that took a superb save from Hugo Lloris to keep out and a flurry of three chances in quick succession from close range in the the 76th minute that Spurs were able to survive. The goal came from a Christian Fuchs corner that found Huth deep in the box and he placed a long-range header past the outstretched arms of Lloris to seal the points. There are still concerns with the Foxes attack, with Jamie Vardy blanking for the fifth straight time, but Leicester will worry about that later and cherish the victory tonight.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 5:19 PM

Demarai Gray didn't look at all out of his league playing at White Hart Lane in his Leicester City debut.

Purchased last week likely as an eventual replacement for Riyad Mahrez, 19-year-old Demarai Gray looked like value for the money. The lanky winger showed speed, a decent cross and a powerful shot from distance against Spurs. He is unlikely to get a ton of playing time this season but is likely a great value play for next season when he may well find himself taking Mahrez's starting spot.
Jan 10 - 2:13 PM

The Foxes rested Riyad Mahrez and others bur still earned a draw and will feel like they should have won at White Hart Lane.

Mahrez, Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, and the entire starting defense was rested from the start and yet Leicester City survived their trip to White Hart Lane. Albrighton came in late and N'Golo Kanté played the first half. Claudio Ranieri was essentially saying he was ok going out of the competition but his reserves stepped up with Shinji Okazaki Okazaki's goal particularly impressive.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 10 - 2:00 PM

Demarai Gray has been a frequently mentioned up-and-comer from the Championship over the past two years and he has secured his move to the big time with Leicester City.

Perhaps looking forward to a time when Riyad Mahrez leaves the club or just needing another wide attacking option, Leicester City added a significant piece with the signing of Demarai Gray from Birmingham. The Birmingham winger has logged 72 first team appearances at the tender age of 19. He has also represented England occasionally at the U18, U19, and U20 levels. He notched 8 goals in 72 appearances for Birmingham and 3 in 12 for England youth squads. He looks like a strong buy with upside potential for the £3.7 million called for in his release clause.
Source: LCFC.com
Jan 5 - 10:29 AM

Riyad Mahrez will reportedly remain on penalty duty despite missing a vital one against Bournemouth this past weekend.

Mahrez missed a penalty that would have given Leicester the lead against 10-man Bournemouth this past weekend but Claudio Ranieri believes he doesn't need to change his penalty taker. Mahrez has been one of the Premier League's best players this season and his fantasy output should continue.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 3 - 7:00 PM

Jamie Vardy is considered questionable for Leicester's upcoming matches due to a minor groin surgery he underwent this week.

Vardy has played brilliantly this season but really struggled the past two weeks and one could tell he was dealing with a nagging injury. The team has decided that the best course of action was for him to have a minor surgery to fix the issue. Vardy has a chance to be back for GW21, but he may have to wait until the Aston Villa match in GW22 depending on how he recovers. We'll consider him questionable for both as of right now.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 3 - 6:55 PM

Leicester City failed to take advantage of 10-man Bournemouth in a 0-0 draw.

Leicester had a ton of chances to win this match, but a Riyah Mahrez missed penalty and Jamie Vardy missing a number of close chances prevented them from getting the three points. Bournemouth defender Simon Francis was sent off in the 57th minute, and despite the pressure, Leicester weren't able to take advantage of the extra man. They are now in second place, two points behind Arsenal, but it's worrying that they haven't scored in the last three matches.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 2 - 12:05 PM

For the first time this season, Leicester City failed to score as they were not their usual selves in a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

In a league where one has to expect the unexpected, Liverpool truly flipped the script on the Foxes. Jamie Vardy shook off a hamstring issue during the week, but he did not look as sharp in his runs and positioning as he usually does while Riyad Mahrez had a couple of chances but his shots were off target. It is a bit alarming that they looked so sluggish with another big match against Manchester City on Tuesday. It looked to be headed to a 0-0 result, but the Reds grabbed a winner in the 63rd minute to stop Leicester's seemingly unstoppable momentum. The Foxes had their best chance by Nathan Dyer thwarted just ten minutes later. They still sit top of the table though Arsenal can level on points with a win later in the day.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:10:00 PM

Jamie Vardy is expected to be ready to roll in week 18 after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Vardy picked up a knock against Everton last week but it was nothing serious all along and Ranieri has declared "everyone" fit ahead of their big boxing day match against Liverpool. We expect Vardy to start against a poor Liverpool defense and he makes for a great fantasy choice this week once again.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that England striker Jamie Vardy did pick up a knock against Everton "but it’s nothing serious."

Vardy was seen clutching his hamstring as he departed on 87 minutes at Goodison Park but the Leicester boss revealed: "He was a little bit hurt and he was a bit tired," suggesting the move was tactical to help close out the match. "I put on Ulloa to keep possession and jump on set plays." The win on Saturday guarantees that the Foxes will be in top spot for Christmas but the (potential) loss of Vardy – who currently tops the Premier League goal scoring charts (15) – would be a massive blow. His partnership with Riyad Mahrez who leads the way with (20) goals plus assists during 2015/16 has been the main driving force behind the Foxes’ unexpected rise this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:44:00 AM

Riyad Mahrez continues to be the shock start of the season after adding two goals in Leicester City's 3-2 away win against Everton for the club's third straight win.

The midfielder benefitted from two awarded penalties, beating Tim Howard with a chance in each half. The first came off the effort of Shinji Okazaki, who was pulled down by Ramiro Funes Mori to start the scoring in the first half. Okazaki also contributed a crucial insurance goal in the second half to give the Foxes a two-goal lead before Kevin Mirallas cut the lead back to one with a late strike. Jamie Vardy didn't record a goal in a Premier League match for only the fourth time this season, but added an assist on Okazaki's goal and won a penalty for the Mahrez's second goal, his sixth in the last three matches. Leicester City now sit five points atop the table with Arsenal and Manchester City set to play Monday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 12:26:00 PM


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