Leicester City just keeps chugging along

Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 8:32 AM by Shane Barrow
Leicester City just keeps chugging along

The little team that could just keeps chugging along. The Barclays Premier League season is now 21 games old.  Only 17 matches remain. The Foxes remain in 1st place. We are well past the point of "a good run". Leicester City is the real deal.

In fact, I think it might just be time to start saying these guys can win the whole thing.  While everyone else was busy playing out draws this week, Leicester went to White Hart Lane and grabbed a massive three points.  Defender Robert Huth powered home a header in the 84th minute and that was that.  Despite all the pundits predictions there is still no sign of this team dropping down the table.

Boss Claudio Ranieri is the steadying force. Calm. Matter of fact. Focused on one match at a time.  He certainly is not letting the hype get to his players heads.  "We wanted to win but we knew it was a difficult match. Tottenham started very well and put us under pressure but we didn't lose our confidence or shape and it was difficult for them. In the second half it was an open match. We both had chances and we scored the goal. Unfortunately it's January, not May. There's so much work to do. We have to remain calm and believe in what we're doing."

The Foxes just survived a difficult schedule stretch where they faced Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham in a span of six games.  They are still top of the table. One more tough run remains as a three match run of Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal open February. From there the end is in sight.  Survive the run and the season is there for the taking. Will the Foxes still be on top?

So where does Leicester City go from here?  Maybe instead of focusing on keeping Jamie Vardy in the January transfer window, the Foxes go out and get someone to help him up top?  Vardy has definitely levelled off after a record breaking start to the season. He is scoreless in his last four games and is suffering from a bit of a hamstring issue. Another capable striker could be quite valuable for the final few months of the BPL season.

The Foxes sit on 43 points all even with mighty Arsenal.  They are three points ahead of Manchester City. Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are nowhere to be found. The title looks like it is down to Arsenal, Man City and Leicester after the Tottenham loss dropped them to seven points behind.  

Leicester is looking increasingly safer in their quest for a coveted Champions League place. There is a nice eight point gap between them and 5th placed West Ham United.  How wonderful would it be to have Leicester City in the Champions League next year?  Who wouldn't be cheering for them right? The smart money should be betting on it!