Every week it seems a different question is thrown at Leicester City. Every week they seem to answer it. On Sunday the question thrown at Leicester was whether they could still perform without the suspended Jamie Vardy. A resounding 4-0 win over the Swans silenced the critics once more, and again proved why the Foxes deserve to win the title.
Vardy has been key for Leicester this season, scoring 22 goals, including strikes in 11 consecutive league games to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 10. He has been the focal part of the Foxes’ title challenge and his rise from non-league to potential Premier League winner has been one of the stories of the season.
His red card against West Ham a week ago probably cost them all three points, with the Hammers coming back to earn a 2-2 draw after Vardy was dismissed with Leicester a goal up. His suspension left his side with Leonardo Ulloa as its only recognised striker, who himself, had scored just four Premier League goals all season.
Ulloa however stood up to be counted against Swansea, and put in a magnificent performance that also saw him score twice. His double showed that he was capable of filling the boots of Vardy, with the win seeing the Foxes taking a giant step towards the most unlikely Premier League triumph.
For much of the season, Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante have taken the plaudits for Leicester’s extraordinary run, but in recent weeks, it has been some of the lesser known men who have shone. It hasn’t just been from the starting XI, because with Leicester having been involved in so many tight games, the men from the bench have also had an impact on matches.
Jeffrey Schlupp made his first start since early November against Swansea, and was one of the standout players on the pitch. His pace and desire to work for the team summed up everything that this Leicester team have done right this season, and why they deservedly top the table.
The Foxes are now just three points away from writing their names in Premier League folklore following Tottenham dropping points at home to West Brom, and no one can argue they don’t deserve it.