Leicester City’s French Revolution

The so-called French Revolution in 1789 brought about the most important political change Europe has ever seen, and now French manager; Claude Puel; is looking to implement his own personal shift with Leicester City.

Roll back to two months ago. Leicester were staring down the barrel of relegation and had only two Premier League wins to their name.

Fast-forward 60 days and they have just achieved back-to-back wins for the first time this season and are enjoying a run which has seen them lose just once in their last ten.

Since arriving at the King Power Stadium, Puel has won over fans with a brand of attacking football no-one could have predicted.

Revered at Southampton for his defensive nous where he saw his side keep 15 clean sheets over the course of the season, Puel has adapted his game to the abundance of counter-attacking already present at Leicester .

Having scored eight in his first six games, and with comprehensive wins over Everton, Tottenham, and Burnley, he has brought the feel-good factor back to the city of Leicester.

With his only blip coming against the undefeated Manchester City, there appears to be a regime the players are buying into.

The Frenchman has reinvigorated the form of starlets; Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray, which is easier said than done as the pair had only collectively scored three goals prior to his appointment.

They now have four, surpassing their season total already, with Mahrez looking reminiscent of the player who won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2016.

Alongside this new sense of motivation, Puel has added competition for places by incorporating some of the Foxes’ most exciting youth prospects.

Not only does it lend fans to believe they have a man who is it in for the long haul, it shows that he is completely invested in the club from the top downwards.

Youth players Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury have featured in recent times with the former looking as though he could and should overtake fellow left-back; Christian Fuchs; sooner rather than later.

However, it is the fluidity and the interchangeability of the attacking four – Gray, Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, and Jamie Vardy – that has played evident to Leicester’s rise.

Seven of the eight goals scored during Puel’s reign have come from one of the quartet and the budding partnership seems to be going from strength to strength.

Although for all the dazzling performances of their attacking capabilities, it is the determination and innovation demanded by Puel that makes them so hard to beat.

Right from the off, he showed signs of encouragement. It was a daring move to branch away from the 2015 title-winning 4-4-2 formation which his predecessor, Claudio Ranieri, mastered and then Craig Shakespeare attempted to replicate.

Not for the Frenchman. He came with a vision, a scope, and the Leicester board are reaping the benefits of putting their trust in a manager who does not shy away from risk.

Especially in these times, when so often a new manager can come into a club that are struggling, and; due to fear of not getting results from the off, they decide on a quick fix.

However, his philosophy accentuates around moving the ball up the field quickly while keeping to a specific structure – something that he orchestrates superbly.

The new look allows room for tireless midfielders; Vincente Iborra and Wilfred N’didi, who have formed a partnership that has struck interest from the Premier League’s elite.

A relationship that even the arrival of new-signing; Andre Silva; may struggle to upset. The Portuguese will act as the latest piece to his manager’s ever-forming puzzle. Yet with everything else under the current command, we remain none-the-wiser to the role Silva will play.

As for the revolution, Puel’s empire may not yet be complete but the building blocks most certainly are, and; with European football within grasping reach, the Christmas period could well prove that the Frenchman may be spearheading a tour across Europe once again.

I am James Lassey, an avid sports writer who loves to scribe everything football. This obsession has led me to ascertaining a degree in Sport Journalism as well as writing for a whole list of footballing publications. Not a Leicester City supporter but somehow have found myself becoming immersed with everything they do.

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