Date: 30th October 2017 at 9:01am
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Leicester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy in the two nil victory over Everton at the weekend at the King Power Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘It seems every time Leicester City appoint a new manager, they win the next game. Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare, Michael Appleton and now Claude Puel have all experienced this response from their players once they’ve taken the job. The problem is the Foxes can’t go on like this. The former Premier League champions can’t expect to change their manager every time they have a bad patch in the hope the change will buy them a few more points. The game has always been about players and if you don’t get the right ones you don’t survive – it’s as simple as that. Leicester have had some difficulty replacing Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante, but Demarai Gray’s development might be a step in the right direction. The 21-year-old England youth international is an excellent athlete, was outstanding against Everton and on this performance deserves to play more games. As for Everton, the departure of manager Ronald Koeman has been a regressive step. Not because Koeman was doing anything special but because Everton made the decision to sack him with no plan B in mind.’


‘When you have a willing runner in your team like Jamie Vardy, why wouldn’t you utilise it? Not since the days of former Liverpool player Ian Rush have I seen a centre-forward close down a defender with the sole aim of getting a block on the ball. There were numerous occasions against Everton when Vardy sprinted 20 yards to block the ball down the line from the full-back, or force the centre-back to move the ball quickly, pushing him into an error. However, there can be no greater sight for a Leicester fan than seeing Vardy bearing down on the opposition goal. The speed with which Vardy made up ground to join the attack led by Gray, prior to Riyad Mahrez crossing for Leicester’s opening goal, was phenomenal. It said two things – firstly how badly he wanted to score, and secondly how good his level of fitness is. Puel has some very willing runners in his new team – Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Mahrez and Gray. He needs to find out what his best team is very quickly and get serious about where they want to finish in the league. The rest is pretty straightforward after that.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course taking the win.

Full Team:

Joe Hart (West Ham), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).