Why Leicester City’s Premier League Start Is Underwhelming

The English Premier League is one of the tougher football leagues throughout the world. From Liverpool led by Mo Salah, to the young rising stars of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United Squad, to the dangerous Arsenal team side starring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the English Premier League is stacked with high level, world class talent. For the 2015-16 champions, Leicester City, it definitely appears that it will be able an uphill battle for them this year.

Leicester’s season began with six friendlies. Despite more than decent showings against mostly lower level opposition, Leicester City has somewhat underwhelmed in their first two Premier League games. Although there is still plenty of time to right the ship for manager Brendan Rodgers and his club, it is clear his side has many holes to address before the season quickly gets out of hand.

Leicester first faced off against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, more simply referred to as the Wolves. The game ended in a scoreless draw. There was a possible goal that was waved off by VAR (video assistant referee) in a 2nd half that was only six minutes old at the time of the shot.

Wolverhampton’s Leander Dendonckner of Belgium fired a strike from close range that hit the back of the net, however VAR determined that he headed it off teammate and French national Willy Boly’s arm immediately before the attempt. Leicester held the ball for 70% of the time and attempted 16 shots, however only 2 were on goal.

In the following match, Leicester faced off against a star studded Chelsea team with well known names such as French national N’Golo Kanté and American national Christian Pulisic. Against a determined Chelsea team looking to get first year manager Frank Lampard his first win, Leicester put up a much more encouraging performance. Unfortunately for the English club, it was not enough as they once again came away winless.

English 20 year old Mason Mount scored for Chelsea only 7 minutes into the game. With Leicester backed up near their own goal and many defenders within close proximity, Leicester looked for an opening to move the ball up the field. After a couple lazy passes, Mason Mount saw an opportunity to make a defensive play as he snuck up behind Nigerian defender Wilfred Ndidi and stole the ball away before delivering a beautiful strike back across his body to the bottom left corner of the net.

Later in the match, in the 67th minute to be exact, Wilfred Ndidi then made good on his earlier mistake as he headed in the final goal of the game off a precise cross from from teammate and English national James Maddison. Chelsea keeper and Spain’s own Kepa Arrizabalaga never saw the header coming as he stood completely still in the middle of the net while Ndidi fired his header to the top right corner.

Although going winless in their first two games was not the plan, Leicester City is glad to be unbeaten and will now look to get over the hump of getting their first Premier League win of the season.