We can’t fail to be impressed with the start to the season and we’re now looking at 10 wins out of our last 12 premiership games, which is outstanding.
As I said last week, I think we would have been happy coming away from Upton Park with a point so it was a terrific win at a historically difficult fixture.
I think many were surprised that Ranieri kept the same formation as we played against Sunderland, but it worked and I cannot see a reason we cannot continue the celebrations with Tottenham this weekend.
The club has seen such a turnaround since Christmas when it all looked a bit doom and gloom and the players and fans have had a real boost from achieving maximum points from these first two games. It’s important to get points on the board early on and very difficult in this league to come back from early losses, now it’s just a case of following up on our performance so far.
I think our biggest test will be when we do get beaten, which we will at some point, and how we react. We’ve got some tough games in Autumn, but at the moment it’s so good to see us up there between Man City and United, I don’t know if we ever had such a great start when I was playing.
The signing of Gokhan Inler, Swiss International, is exciting and I’m hoping he’ll be passed to make his debut against Tottenham. But, I think it’s also indicative of the club’s intentions, we now have plenty of international players and the owners have made it clear that this is not just a club aspiring to stay up this year. It could cause a bit of unrest in the squad wondering if there are plans to offload any existing players, but we’re now in a good position where we can rotate the squad and, if we suffer any injuries or suspensions later in the season, we have back-up in most positions so it shouldn’t impact on our performance.
Again, last weekend Okazaki stood out for me, he’s hit the ground running and his reaction to the goalkeeper’s save was quick and decisive and, of course, Vardy is doing exactly what he needs to up front, I reckon he’ll be aiming for 20+ goals as a personal target for this season, and he could do it!
Defensively, I think Robert Huth will be key for this season, Wes Morgan sometimes gets criticised for his pace but his experience means that he can read the game perfectly and that’s extremely important in a defensive position. Jeffrey Schlup has definitely stepped up to the plate and his pace is perhaps his best attribute, he just seems to get better and better with experience. I’m confident we have a solid back four which will be pivotal in the big games this autumn.
Of course, we said farewell to David Nugent as he goes to Middlesborough; great player and we wish him the best of luck with his new team.
What’s great about LCFC is our supporters, I’ve heard people referring to our away fans as the best in the league, and it really does make a difference on the pitch. At home, the
clackers are back and we’re reaching a 32,000 capacity every week which is not only great for the club but the city as a whole.
It’s a great start for sure and I’m cautiously optimistic, let’s see if this weekend we can get another 3 points on the table and ‘spur’ Leicester on!