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Three Players to Watch: Matchday 15 vs. Leicester City

As if Claudio Ranieri had enough with former clubs he’s managed

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James Maddison

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Among the many rising stars in the Premier League has been Maddison, who immediately has come in and been Leicester’s best attacking player. While Jamie Vardy has been so immense during the Fox’s current era, he is 31 and has been gradually dipping in form. Add in a groin injury he has been dealing with before today’s fixture and there’s a good chance we may not see him on the pitch.

That leaves us with the former Norwich man to be the key player Fulham must look out the most. But unlike Eden Hazard last week, Maddison hasn’t been the only star player to do all the attacking work for Leicester. Fellow youngsters Demarai Gray and former Manchester City man Kelechi Iheanacho are ones to pay attention too as well and veteran Marc Albrighton always delivers are hard working shift along the right-hand side. But there is no denying who the most well-rounded player among Leicester’s attacking outlets is.

Wilfried Ndidi

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Another of Leicester’s rising stars has been their fullback has become not only a catalyst of Leicester’s season, but England’s as well. The former youth international made his international debut this year and immediately made an instant impact in guiding his country to the UEFA Nations League final. In only his second season as a guaranteed starter, Chilwell already looks like such a man that has played for a decade in terms of when to attack and when to defend. While Wes Morgan is starting to hit the tail end of his career and Harry Maguire might not be the most fleet-footed of center backs, Chilwell is always there to provide support. Add in Gray’s exploits in attack and it will be no surprise which side of the pitch Leicester’s shots will be coming from the most. Whomever will be playing at fullback and right midfield for Fulham will have to be on the lookout tonight.

Ben Chilwell

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Lastly, N’Golo Kante will always be a difficult player to replace, but Leicester have done a terrific job in being close to doing so with Wilfred Ndidi. The Nigerian International came in from Belgian side Genk in January 2017 and has kept his spot on the team since after failed attempts to completely replicate Kante with Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Amartey. Since his arrival, Ndidi has racked up tackles like almost no other player in Europe, and at just 22 years of age, the sky is the limit for his development. Now that he is in a double pivot with Mendy in midfield, Leicester are quite difficult to breakdown and there is a real balance to the squad’s current set up. Fulham will be dealing with a center back partner ship that isn’t at its healthiest now, but they know that for them to score goals, they will have to find away to get past Ndidi to claim all three points.