It has often been said that winning the league is a marathon, not a sprint and despite all the speculation surrounding which club will lift the trophy at the end of the season there is one rule that remains;
The best team wins the league, and to be the best team you need the best players.
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By that logic, Leicester City’s place at the summit of English football may just make Huth the best central defender in the country after all.
The traditional top-four title contenders have been found wanting by a 31-year-old German international who last played for his country in 2006.
Huth’s road to the top has indeed been a marathon and his many rivals have since fallen by the wayside. Rio Ferdinand retired last year, John Terry is in his final season at Chelsea and Vincent Kompany has had his injury problems at Manchester City.
Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United do not have anyone better. Liverpool cannot defend for toffee and as for Everton, they have John Stones.
Claudio Ranieri signed Huth for Chelsea in 2001 as a product of 1. FC Union Berlin’s youth system but once Jose Mourinho had replaced the affable Italian it was a struggle to establish himself in the Chelsea first team with Terry, William Gallas and Ricardo Carvalho ahead of him.
He was often used as an emergency striker, thrown on by the Portuguese to retrieve a losing situation and in the end, he reluctantly joined Middlesbrough in August 2006 for a fee of £6 million.
Manager Gareth Southgate said at the time: "He's a player who has already benefited from Premiership, European and international experience. For someone of such young age, that is very rare."
The big German spent three happy years at the Riverside under Southgate but he was unable to prevent the club being relegated in 2009. However, he remained the Premier League by signing for Stoke City for a then-club record fee of £5 million.
His quality was unquestioned but a succession of injuries meant he was in and out of the team, and he suffered a knee injury which ruled him out nearly a year. Despite being a cult hero with the Stoke fans he was unable for force his way back into Mark Hughes’ team and he joined Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City on loan in January 2015.
There, he was instrumental in helping the East Midlands club avoid relegation from the Premier League and was rewarded with a permanent deal in the summer of 2015.
A few weeks later he was reunited with his former-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri when the Italian joined as Leicester’s new manager. There is no suggestion that the two old friends deliberately decided to turn the Premier League table on its head just to spite Mourinho and Roman Abramovich, but there is certainly a sly and cunning plan at work with the Foxes.
Herr Huth may not be the best in all the land but it would be wise not to argue with him.
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