Leicester 1-2 West Brom Player Ratings: Excellent Evans


Leicester 1-2 West Brom

Here are The Football Lab’s player ratings for West Brom’s 2-1 win at Leicester. Centre-backs excelled for the visitors, while the Foxes could not make their second half pressure pay.

Leicester City

Ron-Robert Zieler – looked shaky, wasn’t bombarded yet conceded twice. Can’t fault him too much for Phillips’ goal. 3

Danny Simpson – solid performance. One of the better players. 6
Wes Morgan – his lack of pace was exposed for the winner. Didn’t suit him playing in a team with lots of possession. 2
Robert Huth – didn’t show enough care on the ball. Foxes need a ball-playing centre-back. 4
Christian Fuchs – composed on the ball but did not offer too much in attack. 5

Riyad Mahrez – due to the standards set last season, Mahrez’s contributions today are undervalued. His speedy runs past Nyom were key to Leicester’s periods of second half pressure. 8
Danny Drinkwater – capable of better but brought the wide men into play well at times. 5
Andy King – well off the pace. Doesn’t have the energy required to play in a four-man midfield. 2
Ahmed Musa – caused problems for Dawson in 22 minutes of the second half. Should not have been taken off. 7

Shinji Okazaki – too honest. Tracked back but did not occupy defenders or support Slimani. 4
Islam Slimani – the impressive equalizing header was one of his few positive contributions. Did not test the keeper enough. 4

Jamie Vardy (on 45) – occupied Evans and added more pace than Okazaki. Could have been more ruthless in the box. 6
Demarai Gray (on 67) – contributed little when he came on, Musa had provided more of a threat. 4
Leandro Ulloa (on 87)

West Bromwich Albion

Ben Foster – might feel he should have kept a clean sheet, having faced only two efforts on target. 4

Craig Dawson – reasonably solid in the first half but struggled against Musa after the break. 4
Gareth McAuley – imperious in the air. Playing arguably the best football of his career at 36. 9
Jonny Evans – both centre-backs did some excellent last ditch defensive work. 9
Allan Nyom – out of position and looked uncomfortable. Beaten consistently by Mahrez. 3

Darren Fletcher – gave the ball away on occasion but generally battled well. 6
Claudio Yacob – dropped too deep at times, could have given Nyom more support. 5

Chris Brunt – worked hard and competed willingly, despite being more accustomed to playing on the left. 6
James Morrison – looked creative in the first half. Has given Pulis a dilemma for when Chadli returns. 7
Matt Phillips – led Baggies breakaways. Grabbed a goal and an assist in a fairly defensive side. 8

Salomon Rondon – dominated Morgan and Huth in the first 25 minutes. Grew isolated after that but never stopped working. 6

Craig Gardner (on 83)
Hal Robson-Kanu (on 90+2)

For more analysis on the game, read the review.

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