Harry Maguire took on five Brighton players during audacious run in Leicester win

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Premier League

Harry Maguire is one of the best players outside of the Premier League's top six.

After his impressive performances at the World Cup with England, he was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but eventually decided to stay loyal to Leicester City.

Although it's been a difficult season for the Foxes, who recently swapped Claude Puel for Brendan Rodgers, Maguire has barely put a foot wrong at the heart of their defence.

The former Hull City defender has a reputation for dominating in the air, making wise decisions on the ball and even popping up with a goal from time to time.

Dribbling and skills certainly wouldn't be high on that list, though.

Leicester 2-1 Brighton

Every professional footballer tends to have a few tricks up their sleeves, but some of the more no-nonsense defenders aren't exactly renowned for marauding runs and step-overs.

Usually, that would be the case with Maguire, just not against Brighton and Hove Albion.

With Rodgers watching on from the stands, Leicester were able to secure themselves a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy. 

Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Maguire taking on the world

However, Maguire actually came close to presenting a brilliant goalscoring opportunity of his own during the 75th minute, going completely off script with a run from the halfway line.

You would be mistaken for thinking that Maguire had had enough, was envisaging himself as a prime Cristiano Ronaldo and wanted to take on the world in 10 seconds.

He took on no less than five Brighton players, challenging Shane Duffy with some hilarious step-overs and eventually laying on the ball to Harvey Barnes.

Fair play to Maguire, though, because the vast majority of centre-backs simply wouldn't have made it that far. Take a look at the full video down below: 

Can you imagine the scenes if Maguire smashed it past Matthew Ryan?

Thankfully for Barnes, who took a poor first touch and saw his shot blocked, Leicester had already secured the three points and entered their new era with a victory.

It also reiterates to Rodgers that Maguire will be a crucial individual in his plans going forward, although maybe not as literally as he showed against Brighton. 

Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Rodgers already has an international-level defender at this disposal and one that he can start to build his third Premier League team around.

Upcoming games with Watford, Fulham, Burnley and Bournemouth represent a relatively kind run of fixtures for the new manager and he'll be hoping to continue the winning streak.

What next - Maguire trying a knuckle-ball free-kick and shouting 'Siiii'?

Do you think Maguire is the best defender outside the top six? Have your say in the comments section below.

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