Firstly, a huge congratulations to our very own Jamie Vardy on his selection for England’s qualifier against San Marino this afternoon. I’m sure all the LCFC fans will be showing their support across the pubs, clubs and living rooms of Leicester!
San Marino is usually a given and we should qualify comfortably for the Euro’s next year. Our only concern as a club will be given the influx of fantastic international players on the squad that none of our stars pick up any injuries whilst playing for their respective countries, but, all being well it will be great for the team as the squad pick up international experience and bring it back to our play.
For the rest of the boys, this weekend brings them a well-deserved rest until training resumes on Monday ahead of the Villa game on the 13th. I’m looking forward to that one, always a tasty game and Villa have been playing well this season, but we have the home advantage, so it should bring us the opportunity to have another great match for the fans and players.
Another ‘win’ for the Foxes was the announcement this week that we have secured Swansea’s Midfielder Nathan Dyer on a season-long loan, already scoring against Stoke during the week behind closed doors. Ranieri now has so many options available and I think we may see Dyer debuting against Villa, although it will be interesting to see if he’s put straight into the starting eleven or if Ranieri chooses to stick to the squad which remains unbeaten this season.
Last weekend, we knew it would be a tricky match and Vardy’s late penalty saved us from a potential first defeat. We were up against it in the first half but credit to our players again and another point on the table is nothing to be sniffed at. I’m looking forward to bringing Bournemouth to the den in the New Year for a rematch, should be a great game again.
Ranieri chose to substitute Mahrez at half-time, which was a bit of a shock to some fans after his performances so far, but Leicester’s stand out performer suffered a knock from Max Gradel almost immediately after kick-off and Ranieri believed Mahrez struggled to recover.
It gave Dodoo a chance to come off the bench after a great performance in the previous week’s Capital One match against Bury, and that just demonstrated that Ranieri is willing to give youngsters a chance to gain experience and make a contribution to Leicester’s success. I must admit, I expected him to play someone like Andrej Kramaric, but he knows what he’s doing; after all, we’re still third in the league so we’re doing something right, and long may it continue!