Written by Sam Ward
With a keen urge to stride out of defence and help Leicester’s front men along with being defensively superior, Harry Maguire is showing how critical he is to Leicester City in his debut season for the Foxes.
He proved to be a bright spark in Hull City’s swift Premier league relegation campaign and landed another shot in England’s elite league when he signed for Leicester in the summer for around £15 million. A fee that seems a bargain in today’s market.
Maguire soon became a fan favourite after heading home his first goal for Leicester in their victory against recently promoted Brighton in August at the King Power.
His fantastic start to the season hadn’t gone unnoticed, Maguire was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Malta and Slovakia. He was handed his debut in Lithuania where he held a clean sheet for the three lions.
Since then, a last minute equaliser against Manchester United and a current run of five clean sheet performances for Leicester have meant the foxes are yet to concede a goal this year.
An impressive man of the match performance against Watford this weekend helped Leicester leap frog Burnley and now sit in 7th place in the Premier League – a position that would be good enough for Europa League football based on previous seasons.
With Maguire’s form showing no sign of fading, he will sure be hoping for not only a seat on Southgate’s plane to Russia, but to be involved heavily in the FIFA World Cup for England this summer.
Good performances attract attention from other clubs, one manager who is said to be an admirer of the England international is Pep Guardiola. His table topping Manchester City look set to become Champions of the Premier League and rate Maguire as a £50 million pound defender. Possibly European football for Leicester next season will be enough to keep Maguire at the King Power stadium.
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