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Consistency throughout Leicester City's squad to thank for Premier League surge

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The Premier League title race is far from over with Tottenham Hotspur hot on Leicester City's heels, but regardless of whether the Foxes win or not, it's been a simply incredible season for a side who faced relegation this time last year.

Jamie Vardy has been sensational and clinical in front of goal, Riyad Mahrez is the front-runner for Player of the Year and N'Golo Kante - alongside Danny Drinkwater - has earned his first international cap because of his impressive domestic form.

With a five-point lead at the top and only seven games remaining, Leicester face difficult trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge but remain confident of clinching an historic Premier League title - but how exactly have they reached such heights?

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RUTHLESS ATTACK

Since signing for Leicester in 2014 for a paltry £350,000, Mahrez has emerged one of Europe's hottest talents and attracted the interest of a host of elite clubs, including Barcelona and Chelsea.

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His destructive blend of trickery, pace, finishing and creativity has seen him become a key asset for the Foxes alongside the emphatic Vardy who, between them, have 35 goals and 17 assists thus far.

Shinji Okazaki and Marc Albrighton have both played their parts also, the former utilising his energy and pace to great effect and the latter providing a number of assists.

MIDFIELD STEAL

Starting their side's attacks and providing a base for quick, counter-attacking football are England and France internationals, Drinkwater and Kante.

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It's been a phenomenal rise for the pair, with the latter bought last summer for a bargain fee of £5.5 million and the former released by Manchester United four years ago.

Kante's pace and power has proved vital in breaking up opposition advances whilst Drinkwater's ability to pick out a pass and dictate play has perfectly complemented his teammate's combative approach.

DEFENSIVE ROCKS

Perhaps the biggest surprise about Leicester is the way in which their defence has performed.

Captain Wes Morgan, who made his Premier League debut only last season, has forged a solid centre-back partnership with Robert Huth, whilst full-backs Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs have added pace and consistency on the flanks.

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But let's not forget about Kasper Schmeichel who, like father Peter, has pulled off a number of vital saves throughout the current campaign and emerged a leader at the King Power Stadium.

BUT WILL THEY DO IT?

Leicester face Everton, United and Chelsea in their final three games of the season, with only their clash against the Toffees coming at home.

Tottenham appear set to run them close until the season's end, but following a successful international break which saw Vardy score twice for England, Drinkwater make his debut at Wembley and Kante score on his own first outing for France, Leicester will undoubtedly be in a buoyant mood and ready to pick up from where they left off.

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