Having spent years flitting around the top of the table, it seemed inevitable that this would be Leicester’s season.
Fortunately, they did not win it in the grind-it-out manner of Newcastle United or Cardiff or previous years, but instead played with a flair and joy that ensured they were the people’s choice for the Championship title.
Headed up by a revitalised David Nugent whose gradually improving form over the past few years was rewarded with 30 goals in this campaign, the Foxes can rest assured that they will take a potent frontline into the top-flight.
Jamie Vardy has improved beyond recognition, whilst Chris Wood is as imperious a backup as you will find at this level. The strength-in-depth that Leicester have is most obviously displayed in their midfield area, with wingers Anthony Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer both contributing sensational performances throughout their team's triumphant season.
Behind them, the Manchester United-educated duo of Matty James and Daniel Drinkwater have also had stellar seasons, with back-up from the likes of Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Andy King demonstrating said strength-in depth.
In defence, another United alumni - Ritchie De Laet - has also played his part in the Foxes’ runaway success. With 43 goals conceded this season, though - a figure more than Burnley, QPR and Brighton - it is clear that a backline consisting of an out-of-contract goalkeeper, a makeshift striker-cum-left-back and the ever-unreliable Paul Konchesky requires considerable repair work before it is ready for the unrelenting rigors of the Premier League.
Yet with funds to spend to invigorate what is already a very competent group of players, Nigel Pearson must be highly confident of the Foxes chances of survival in the coming season.
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