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Wes Morgan is showing exactly what hard work can achieve

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It is said that the key to playing 4-4-2 is having good partnerships all over the pitch and Leicester City’s current central-defensive partnership just may be one of the best in the league.

Wes Morgan is the ebony to Robert Huth’s ivory. They are together in perfect harmony, side by side at the King Power.

Morgan is the only outfield player to have played every minute of every match and not since Gary Lineker has a player been so famous for not getting booked. Maybe it’s a Leicester thing.

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Growing up in the roughest part of Nottingham, watching good friends turn bad and ending up in prison, has kept Morgan on the straight and narrow.

But the journey was not an easy path. John Pemberton, then Nottingham Forest's academy director, remembered having to keep Morgan away from then-manager Paul Hart when he first joined because he simply wasn't fit enough.

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"His socks didn't go up to his knees because his calves were too big, his legs rubbed together and his shirt was skin tight. He was well overweight," Pemberton said.

Losing two-and-a-half stone in weight with extra circuit training instead of playing competitive matches, Morgan managed to get his weight down and keep it down.

Now the only thing heavy is the weight of expectation now surrounding the Jamaican international and his Leicester team-mates.

After taking so long to make it to the Premier League, Morgan won’t give anything away without a fight. “We’ve strived all our careers to get to where we are,” he told the Independent. “When we got here we just wanted to survive, but we’ve gone from that, to fighting at the top end of the league. It’s just incredible. But we are here on merit.”

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Leicester are indeed top of the league by merit. Playing each game like it is their last led by a captain who does not take anything for granted and is enjoying life at the top.

Morgan and Leicester would not be welcome in a new European Super League – a league that would be based on reputation and not reality – because the European elite clubs do not want to be embarrassed by the likes of Leicester.

But that is why people love sport; because sometimes, the underdog wins.

And the last can become first.

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