With just 13 points in 11 matches, Leicester is struggling at 12th position in the Premier League in the relegation zone. They have already sacked Craig Shakespeare despite the players all supporting the Englishman. Craig Shakespeare was infamously sacked by the owners after signing the new contract this season.
But with the appointment of Claude Puel statistics have turned in favor of Leicester and they have consecutively won two matches against Leeds United and Everton since their last defeat against Swansea City. However, the last match was a draw at 2-2 with Stoke City on 4th November.
Puel was appointed 2 weeks ago and is being considered as a good coach yet with a remarkable victory against Everton.
With Craig Shakespeare’s abrupt dismissal last month seeing his inefficiency and the fact that he brought just 1 victory out of 10 games since his inception, the players were in an absolute state of shock. Puel came to the rescue, and the team is faring well now, looking forward to 2017-18 campaign. While Craig was considered popular in the dressing room but Puel’s performance speaks volumes about his coaching style.
The team has made several draw contributions to the Premier League, but the overall performance is improving as of now.
At the beginning, Puel was not considered as a good replacement, but his 4 points from 2 wins has changed his negative image and is now evaluated as the perfect fit for Leicester’s players. However, there is a long way to go in the season and some bookies are already taking odds on Puel staying the course, it might be worth taking a punt on your mobile with Paddy Power or another sports book for this one.
For the sake of information, Puel was sacked by Southampton in June, despite bringing them to 8th position in the Premier League and the final of the League Cup. The 56 year old is said to have an image of playing strict football, but Leicester’s management is impressed with his abilities and potential as a coach.
Harry Maguire, the best player of Leicester so far, joined the club in the summer and is now playing under his 3rd manager, followed by Craig Shakespeare and Michael Appleton.
He stated that it is strange working with new managers every now and then, with their different approach, philosophy and work routine. The new boss has already made several changes. The next few fixtures are tough for the foxes as they will face the table toppers Man City on 18th November followed by West Ham and Spurs. These fixtures will define how Leicester season will progress, but there is less chances of them beating the mighty city, according to the bookmakers.
He also said that things may get fairer with the newly appointed manager and team’s positive spirit. Scoring first goal is the prime aim, which is crucial, but strategic changes can fix that.
Andy King, the Wales midfielder who has worked with more than 6 managers, said, “I’ve worked with a lot of managers at Leicester and from what I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks, Claude is up there with some of the best we’ve had at the club.”
“He has the players right behind him straight away, and I’ve been really impressed by him.”
King is expecting Puel would let him in the team, if he performs well against France.
Leicester made a dreadful start to the season this year and ended up in relegation zone after 8 games, which also led to Shakespeare’s suspension. They have improved remarkably under Puel, who has seeded confidence into the team and made them win against Everton. The same is expected by the fans in further matches.