Leicester show what spirit and intelligent investment can bring

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Last season it was Southampton who were overachieving, this year it is the turn of Leicester City to take advantage of the so-called 'bigger' clubs' struggles.

With 25 points from 12 games, the Foxes are third in the Premier League ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Much of the credit must go to manager Claudio Ranieri, who has built on the excellent finish to last season under the leadership of Nigel Pearson.


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The Italian has built a team spirit to envy the greatest sides in the world, with a never-say-die attitude and countless wins from losing positions becoming their trademark route to success.

Against Watford, it felt almost inevitable they would come away with a victory, which says a lot about how far Leicester have come.

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The rise of Jamie Vardy, who started the season out wide, has come from non-league to become a capped international and is the latest proof that talent does exist in the English game, contrary to the national team's performances.

With nine goals in nine consecutive league matches, Vardy is making himself impossible to resist for the upcoming international friendlies. Roy Hodgson must be prepared to play him up front, rather than out wide, to be able to gauge his true potential. His pace and confidence in front of goal could prove a useful asset for England in the future.

While Vardy grabs the media attention, the organisation in defence and quality going forward has made Leicester very difficult to stop.

For Ranieri's side to improve further, the defence must be strengthened which will probably require dipping into the transfer market. The owners seem willing to invest and given how the team are currently playing, don't be surprised to see Leicester spend more in January.

Regardless of how long this great form lasts, it is another reminder that the Premier League always provides an overachiever. A team to cause chaos and concern for those chasing the Champions League places.

If Leicester are still in this position come April, the confidence and enjoyment of being third in the league will turn to pressure as they attempt to convert this into continental football at the King Power stadium next year.

For us neutrals, long may Leicester continue to upset the big boys and bring the sort of entertainment that some clubs seem insistent on refusing to provide to the paying public.

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