Leicester till I Die looks back at selected players and how they performed in the 2018/19 season along with a final rating out of 10
Dylan Ralph is a massive city fan and has been a season ticket holder for 14 years. He has recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam university with a degree in journalism.
With all the speculation around Harry Maguire from both Manchester clubs, I thought we best crack on and give him a 2018/19 season review.
I find this review at tough one, as he obviously didn’t have consistent performances like he did in his first season for the Foxes, but I still think overall he was solid and definetly a key factor for helping us to finish in the top 10.
He got off to an ok start with a 2-1 loss at Manchester United and then a very undeserved 2-0 win (in my eyes) at home to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers. Next up was Southampton away. Ryan Bertrand put the Saints ahead in the 52nd minute with a left foot thunder bolt but for only hit and miss Demarai Gray to squeeze one in four minutes later.
Leicester fans were sick and tired of drawing too many games under Puel, so when Harry Maguire nestled in a 25-yard grass cutter in the 92nd minute it sent the 3,000 faithful into raptures.
The Sheffield born centre half does always seem to score at crucial moments, in big games, or at massive stadiums like he did a month later when he doubled Leicester’s lead at St. James’ Park to add to Vardy’s earlier penalty.
Over the next few months Maguire and Leicester as a team were very inconsistent. I mean for us to lose to Palace and then go and beat Chelsea away and Champions Manchester City at home and then for us to let that all come undone with a terrible 1-0 defeat at home to Cardiff City!
But as I stated earlier, the big man does pop up at crucial times and he did away at Liverpool where we nicked a point, at a part of the season where Liverpool started to stutter and unforgivably hand Man City the title back.
I think one word to sum Harry Maguire’s season up is…mediocre. He scored three goals which isn’t bad for a centre half, but his main job is to defend and on too many occasions I think he cost us goals.
A lot of people said that he still hadn’t recovered from the World Cup, which could be possibly true and hopefully if he stays at the King Power Stadium, then he and the team could be on for a very good season under Brendan Rodgers.
He’s named after a ghost, he stands between the posts…” – this is the song you hear game in, game out and the chant all Leicester fans have been singing since the Dane joined the Foxes back in 2011.
He’s now in Leicester’s folklore and his performances in the 18/19 Premier League season just show why he’s a true City legend. In his early days as a Leicester City player, Kasper Schmeichel was prone to having a few mistakes within his game, but since the title winning season back in the 15/16 season you can firmly say that he’s cut that out of his game.
Although we had a very mediocre nine clean sheets and sit slap bang in the middle of that table, I put a lot of that down to defensive mistakes as Claude Puel tried to find his best partnership to play in central defence. It all started with a tricky away game at Manchester United where we narrowly lost 2-1, but a moment that really sticks out is Schmeichel’s save in the second half when the score was 1-0 to United. Romelu Lukaku through one-on-one only for Kasper to make a star-jump save that his Dad truly made his own in his Old Trafford days.
One thing that I do love about the 32-year old's game is his shot stopping. In the Premier League he’s one of the best, but it’s also the way he does it and how he can parry thunderous shots away from danger. Numerous games that I watched this season in particular Cardiff City away where he parried so many shots away when we was really under the cosh. That game also had particular importance as it was the game after the great Khun Vichai’s death where Schmeichel played a big role in securing an emotional 1-0 win away from home.
His distribution has always came under criticism by foxes faithful – sometimes its brilliant and then other times it’s squeaky bum time. It’s probably one part of his game which stops him from going to an even bigger club as passing out from the back is such a huge part of football now.He silenced all of these critics (including me) when we played Arsenal at home in April.
Not only was that a fantastic team performance but Schmeichel kept a clean sheet and even got an assist.He pumped a huge, straight ball down-field over Mustafi and Koscielny for the clever run of Jamie Vardy to head in for another great season by legendary number nine.
Overall, I would say that he had a really solid season, made big saves in big games and I can’t think of a mistake that he made all year.