mid-day rates the players, who made Leicester City create EPL history
He set a new EPL record by scoring in 11 straight games and ran riot during a phenomenal season, becoming Leicester’s third PFA Player of the Year nominee, even if he blotted his copybook with a late ban. The 29-year-old penned a new contract in Feb and is a certainty for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The winger — a £400,000 buy from Le Havre in 2014 — he scored 18 goals and created 11 more for the Foxes to be crowned PFA Player of the Year. His goals dried up in the second half of the season but he had already done the damage and remained a huge threat. The Foxes face a fight to keep him.
An absolute steal of a summer buy for a reported £5.6million from Caen the deep-lying midfielder was unknown when he arrived at the King Power Stadium. But a string of outstanding performances saw him nominated for the PFA Player of the Year and he made his debut for France in March.
The 30-year-old signed before Nigel Pearson's exit in June and took his time to break into the team — making his first league start at Norwich in Oct. A relaxed and funny individual the left-back has been a bargain after leaving Schalke on a free transfer.
He avoided jail in June, being sentenced to 300 hours of community work instead, after an attack on his ex-girlfriend. His Foxes career looked to be drifting after just 18 appearances last season following a move from QPR but Simpson has become key at right-back for Ranieri.
He joined on a free transfer from Aston Villa and, after an understated but hard-working first season, the winger has excelled. Early-season form brought talk of an England call-up and while Mahrez and Vardy grabbed the headlines, he was always available for Foxes.
Last season’s 13-goal top scorer played second fiddle to Vardy and Okazaki but he was still a useful asset. His 89th-min winner in their 1-0 win over Norwich was crucial and a brace while deputising for the banned Vardy against Swansea put them on the brink of the title.
The Wales international has found it hard to break the midfield strangehold of Kante and Drinkwater but it is clear Ranieri trusts him. He has been picked ahead of summer signing Gokhan Inler and showed himself as an able deputy in the middle.
The Japan international has proved a fine foil for Vardy upfront, taking the knocks and creating extra space while Vardy gets the goals. He has only scored six times himself, but has netted at crucial times — including the winner in the 1-0 victory over Newcastle in March.
The winger initially rejected a move to Leicester last summer before making a U-turn and joining from Birmingham in January. He has been used sparingly off the bench but has shown enough to justify the Foxes’ 3.7million outlay.
Played a key role in Leicester's early burst, scoring in the 2-1 win at Norwich, but injury restricted him in the second half of the season. He made a first start since November in the 4-0 win over Swansea but was often used as a late substitute by Ranieri.
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The full-back started the season as the club's first-choice right-back but slowly slipped out of favour. He scored in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa in September but his last league start came in the defeat to Arsenal later that month and was loaned to Middlesbrough in Feb.
The Swansea loanee may have failed to start a game but he scored one of the most important goals of the season. His late winner in their 3-2 comeback victory over Villa in September can be pinpointed as a turning point in both clubs’ seasons.
The goalkeeper kept five straight clean sheets during the run-in to help propel the Foxes to the title — after waiting until October for a shutout. He does not like to talk about the links to five-time title winning father Peter and has been an outstanding performer in his own right.
At 32, none would have thought the skipper would lift the title after only his second season in the top flight. He has been at the heart of Leicester’s success and has capped his own rise after previously spending 10 years at Nottingham Forest.
He won the title as a bit-part player with Chelsea in 2004 and 2006 but has been a mainstay in a defence which has been often overlooked. They tightened up during the second half of the season and his experience and understanding with Morgan has been exceptional.
Another of Leicester’s star performance during a season which has also seen him make his England debut and force his way into Roy Hodgson’s thoughts for Euro 2016. Understated but absolutely vital, the former Man Utd trainee admitted he has a telepathic understanding with Vardy.
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