From desperate relegation battles – both won and lost – to the greatest fairytale story of the Premier League era, Leicester have enjoyed their fair share of ups and downs in the English top flight.
With their Premier League triumph in 2015/16 came some exceptionally-gifted players who have gone on to great things both with and without the Foxes.
But what if you had to pick a greatest Premier League XI for Leicester using just one player from any given country?
What a great question! Well, it would look a little something like this…
GK – Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
Like father, like son.
The Dane has enjoyed a prosperous nine-year career with Leicester to date, helping the Foxes conquer both the Championship and Premier League with his steady pair of hands.
The Midlands club have boasted some of the finest goalkeepers of past generations – including Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton – yet Schmeichel likely holds a bigger place in fans’ hearts than any other shot-stopper.
Commanding, inspiring and gifted with cat-like reflexes, the Denmark international is certainly one of the best in the business.
RB – Ricardo Pereira (Portugal)
Having signed the Portuguese defender back in the summer of 2018, Leicester were hoping that Pereira would offer them a little more attacking dynamism than trusty servant Danny Simpson down the right flank. Boy did the 26-year-old do that.
In fact, Pereira started his Leicester career interchanging between right-back and right-wing, such was his threat going forward. Since, he’s blossomed into the complete package that the Foxes were dreaming of and is now comfortably one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.
CB – Robert Huth (Germany)
Despite being deemed unworthy of a place in Stoke’s swashbuckling starting lineup, Huth adapted to life at the King Power Stadium with relative ease. The towering German was integral in Leicester’s title-winning campaign, not only with his defensive displays but his goal tally as well.
Huth may have made a little under 100 appearances for the Foxes, but his impact at Leicester was unquestionable, with haunting cries of ‘HUUUUTH‘ still ringing out around the east Midlands today.
CB – Wes Morgan (Jamaica)
Thanks to Morgan actually representing Jamaica at international level – despite being born in Nottingham – Leicester’s skipper has given us one less headache to worry about.
Since joining from rivals Nottingham Forest in 2012, Morgan has gone on to achieve great success at Leicester, and 310 appearances later, the centre-back has eternally carved his name into club folklore.
The beating heart of the Foxes’ stunning title victory, the defender has offered a different meaning to ‘Captain Morgan’ around Leicestershire.
LB – Christian Fuchs (Austria)
The NFL punter in waiting has to be one of the most loved men in Leicester.
Joining the club for free in 2015, the Austrian won the league title during his debut season with the Foxes, and is still plodding along as deputy to Ben Chilwell today. The left-back has given every ounce of blood, sweat and tears he has to the Foxes since arriving from Schalke and you certainly wouldn’t want to get in the way of his thunderous left foot.
RM – Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
2015/16 was without a shadow of a doubt Mahrez‘s greatest campaign during his illustrious career, with the former Leicester man winning almost every individual honour available to him.
PFA Player of the Year? Check.
Leicester Player of the Year? Check.
African Footballer of the Year? Check.
Since joining Manchester City, we haven’t quite seen the consistent brilliance of the Algerian winger, with many of us simply left reminiscing over his staggering 17-goal season on the way to Leicester’s Premier League triumph.
By the way, he cost the Foxes about £400k.
CM – N’Golo Kante (France)
Another sensational low-budget signing from France, we all now know Kante for being one of the greatest defensive midfielders in recent football history. But back in 2015, he was an unknown entity who drove to training in a beat-up Mini Cooper.
He went on to win the title with Leicester during his first season, while also proving that the so-called fantasies of ‘The Flash’ aren’t a million miles from reality.
While his time in the Midlands may have been brief, it’s hard to argue with those who claim that Leicester may not have won the title without Kante’s efforts in the centre of the park.
CM – Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)
From Kante to his eventual replacement.
Ndidi was brought to the King Power to help patch the gaping hole left by the Frenchman’s departure, and has done an admirable job in filling the shoes of the league’s best defensive midfielder.
In his own right, the Nigerian has now cemented his place as one of the Premier League’s best, with any Ndidi sceptics out there simply needing to look at the Foxes’ win percentage with and without the midfielder.
Very telling, indeedy.
LM – Muzzy Izzet (Turkey)
Luckily for us, Muzzy Izzet proved he can play pretty much anywhere across the midfield during his time with the Foxes, although it must be said that left-midfield isn’t the former Turkey international’s favoured position.
Izzet’s eight-year career with the Foxes long preceded the club’s title victory (because believe it or not, Leicester did play professional football before 2015), and the versatile midfielder made 278 appearances for the club.
To top it all off, Izzet actually won more trophies at Leicester than the likes of Mahrez, Kante or Fuchs, twice lifting the League Cup with the Foxes. Know your history.
CF – Shinji Okazaki
The man whose smile can be used as an anti-depressant, Okazaki is loved by Leicester fans across the city following years of tireless work and unwavering loyalty to the Foxes.
A hugely under-appreciated member of Leicester’s title-winning team, the Japan international is perhaps not blessed with vast technical ability, but what he lacks in natural talent he more than makes up for in work ethic. Okazaki really would run through brick walls for any and every Leicester manager over the years, showcasing his immense professionalism.
ST – Jamie Vardy
Who else but the ultimate sh**house footballer who drinks WKD for breakfast (probably) and bangs in goals for fun?
Whether you love or hate him, you can’t help but respect what Vardy has achieved following his meteoric rise from non-league football, and sky-high murals across the city of Leicester show just how much fans adore him in the east Midlands.