Leicester City's unsung heroes to thank for Premier League surge

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are, quite unexpectedly, two of Europe's hottest properties at the moment.

Reports continue to circulate regarding the various elite sides scrapping for the duo's signatures, even despite the Foxes' assurances they will not sell their prized assets at any price.

They deserve every bit of praise they receieve, of course - they've been simply superb this season.

Such praise is slightly unfair on their teammates, though, with the brilliance of some going almost completely unnoticed.

Here are the three players most neglected by Leicester's admirers this season.

1) N'Golo Kante

The 24-year-old was relatively unknown to the majority of football fans when he signed for the King Power Stadium outfit over the summer, but has certainly made a name for himself this term with some stellar performances so far.

The tireless midfielder is the full package. Kante has drawn attention for some excellent defensive work sat just in front of the back four and proven a reliable midfield enforcer during his short time at the club.

The Frenchman is capable of so much more than just tackling, though. He is very comfortable on the ball, quick and able to play a creative role. His presence allows those around him to play with freedom.

2) Robert Huth

Similarly to Kante, the signing of Huth from Stoke City slipped under the radar. With the transfer sagas involving the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, however, this is not altogether surprising.

Huth has long been a defensive rock. He didn't get much of a look-in at Chelsea, but when he joined Stoke he quickly acquired a reputation for being a hard-hitting centre-back. The German has provided much-needed stability at the back for Leicester, forming a very effective partnership with Foxes stalwart Wes Morgan.

Credit must go to Claudio Ranieri for trusting Huth and Morgan so much. Similarly, the transfer policy at Leicester must be heavily praised, as Huth, alongside Kante and others, has proved to be an inspired signing.

3) Marc Albrighton

The 26-year-old winger's career started very brightly at Aston Villa, but as the club's fortunes declined, so did Albrighton's career. 

This season, however, he has enjoyed a new lease of life. He is the Foxes' main creative threat, with 34 chances created by the Englishman, six of those resulting in goals.

In addition to this, his pace and trickery out on the wing provides Leicester with yet another attacking threat and is a constant menace to defenders throughout the Premier League.

If such form continues, perhaps boosted by a few extra goals, then he could go on to surprise people and force his way into the England setup.

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