To very little surprise, the Premier league is once again living up to its billing as the most unpredictable and competitive leagues of the world.
In the last set of fixtures alone, Manchester United and Tottenham suffered shock defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Newcastle United respectively, whilst Leicester City once again showcased their credentials with an impressive home win over Chelsea.
The Foxes' meteoric rise has been the main focus this season and, if things continue to go their way, could find themselves top of the table come the New Year.
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Many predicted the worst for Claudio Ranieri’s side when it was revealed veteran midfielder Esteban Cambiasso had decided against a contract extension and joined Greek outfit Olympiacos.
Leicester have disproved the doubters, though, and in some style, with midfield duo Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante stepping up to the plate.
Whilst top scorer Jamie Vardy and Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez have stolen all the headlines in recent weeks, the Foxes' dynamic midfield paring have quietly gone about their business and been the backbone of the team’s success.
Drinkwater has particularly improved in leaps and bound, playing every game of the league so far. The 25-year-old seems to be playing with the experience and composure of somebody way beyond his years and has been the orchestrator of Leicester’s midfield, nabbing three assists so far.
Whilst many might argue that French midfielder Kante has been an equally effective influence, the sudden rise of Drinkwater’s performances compared to previous campaigns makes his contribution all the more commendable.
The Englishman has been a sturdy defensive midfielder amidst all Leicester's attacking quality, acting as a shield in front of back four. Drinkwater’s discipline has allowed the Foxes to play their attacking brand of football without worrying about being exposed on the counter.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, it will be interesting to see whether Ranieri can hold onto his star players, namely Vardy and Drinkwater given their English roots.
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