The wonder story of world sport, Leicester City – a lowly team from central England is taking the cash fuelled Premier League by storm.
Lead by Claudio Ranieri, a manager who many thought was well past his time in the professional game, and revelations in Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.
With seven games left in the league, the Foxes are sitting pretty on top of the league, with guaranteed five points ahead of the Tottenham, who themselves have had an incredible year.
A year of having their best having career years, Jamie Vardy went on a tear, scoring in 14 games in a row, sitting on a total of 19 for the year. Riyad Mahrez has been pulling all the strings from midfield with his partner in crime N’Golo Kante.
A strong spine makes a strong team, the performances of these three along with the rock-solid partnership of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan has made the world of difference.
The bandwagon has grown strong of the season and with good reason, they’re playing attractive and attacking football usually attributed to the super-powers of Manchester City and United, Arsenal and Chelsea. However, even in the face of them pulling off the impossible, one question does remain, where do they go from here?
Of course winning the league, or, in the event of a massive drop, qualifying for European football, either the Champions or Europa League is a massive achievement, but do they sustain that level?
Obviously the attraction of European football will mean that there will be people who will want to be a part of the team, but do they attract the top level players? Do they attract the talent they need to sustain the success? Having eked out career years from players who under any other environment probably wouldn’t have, do they rely on Jamie Vardy scoring 20 goals again? Does Mahrez have another stand out year? Do they even keep him?
Ultimately, Leicester could end up being the darlings of the Premier League and go down in history as the team that couldn’t, but did, however, what they do after the fact will determine the success they have for the next several years.
Bottom line the question is, are they a viable environment for the big names and the talent they’ll need to stay in this position, or do they fade back into the middle of the table and their success will go down as a statistical anomaly?
What do you think, can they keep this up for seasons to come?