Leicester’s Premier League title heroes five years later: where are they now?
Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the day Leicester City stunned the footballing world by winning the Premier League title.
Let’s not forget, they were unpaid underdogs at rank 5000-1 at the start of the campaign, which they thought were more likely to be relegated, but at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, they were lifting the trophy to- above their heads.
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This brilliant Foxes team will forever live on in the history books, but, as inspirational manager Claudio Ranieri discovered the hard way, football is changing fast.
As a testament to their achievements, here is an overview of this legendary team. The 11 players who played the most minutes for Leicester in their best season ever, and where they stand now.
Ranieri was unceremoniously sacked by Leicester just nine months after handing the club their most illustrious honor.
The Foxes struggled to replicate their success in 2016-17 and were just one point above the relegation zone when their title-winning coach was sacked in February, with 13 games in the game. remaining season and the club in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Ranieri’s next job came in France with Nantes, before returning to the Premier League to lead Fulham. However, his tenure in west London lasted just 17 matches as the Cottagers sank to immediate relegation to the league.
He then returned to former club Roma for 12 games to carry them through to the end of the 2018-19 season, before agreeing to take over as Sampdoria head coach in October. 2019. He just managed to keep them going, but Samp has built on that and are in the top half of the 2020-21 season.
One of only two players to be on the pitch in every minute of Leicester’s miraculous march to the title, Schmeichel conceded fewer goals (36) than matches played and kept 15 clean sheets.
Now 34, the Danish international remains the best goalkeeper to this day.
Morgan was the second player to spend the 3420 minutes on the pitch as the defender led the Foxes to glory, even scoring a few goals.
The 37-year-old is still the club’s captain at Leicester although the veteran center-back has only made three cameo appearances this season.
Robert Huth – 35 apps, 3 goals
Huth proved to be a rock at the heart of Leicester’s defense in 2015-16, having spent the previous season on loan from Stoke City.
The Germany international spent another two years with the Foxes, but after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign with injury, the 34-year-old announced his retirement from football in January 2019.
A vital member of the Foxes’ title-winning defense, the Austrian left-back is still at Leicester and has made nine Premier League appearances this season.
The 35-year-old’s contract is set to expire this summer, which means we could finally see Fuchs fulfill his long-held dream of making the leap into a second athletic career as an NFL kicker.
Danny Simpson – 30 apps
Simpson was released by Leicester at the end of the 2018-19 season and quickly joined the Huddersfield Championship squad, with whom he spent the 2019-20 campaign.
He turned down a new contract at Huddersfield, which may have backfired him as he was without a club until March 2021, when he signed a short-term deal with Bristol City – a move that has him reunited with ex-Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.
Drinkwater was an integral presence in the Leicester midfielder, but asked to leave the club soon after amid the reported interest from Chelsea.
The Foxes rejected several offers for Drinkwater before finally relinquishing and accepting a £ 35million offer, with the deal being reached in September 2017.
However, things quickly turned sour as Drinkwater made just five league starts for the Blues in four years with loans to Burnley, Aston Villa and, for the second half of the 2020-21 season, to the club. Turkish Kasimpasa.
Drinkwater has yet another year to sign his contract with Chelsea, but he is unlikely to play for the club again.
N’Golo Kante – 37 apps, 1 goal, 4 assists
The undisputed star of Leicester’s golden season, Kante has become one of modern football’s most coveted midfielders.
After just one hugely successful year at King Power, the little French star sealed a big move to Chelsea in the summer of 2016.
Kante won the league again in 2016-17, becoming the first player to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs (Mark Schwarzer did not play in title-winning seasons for Chelsea (2014-15) or Leicester (2015-16)).
He has since won two FA Cups and the Europa League with Chelsea – oh, and a World Cup too with France in 2018.
Okazaki left the Foxes for Spain in 2019, signing for the first time with Malaga on a one-year contract. However, his contract had to be canceled after just 34 days as the club were unable to register him due to financial constraints.
The Japanese striker then joined the second division of Huesca, where he still finds himself to this day (1 goal out of 21 applications so far this season).
The Foxes flying winger was a core member of Ranieri’s sacred team and continues to be an important player.
Now 31, Albrighton may have slipped down the pecking order a rung or two, but that hasn’t stopped him from making 26 Premier League appearances in 2020-2021, bringing four assists into the process.
Jamie Vardy – 36 apps, 24 goals, 6 assists
With the heart beating of Ranieri’s rebels, Vardy achieved club legend status with his ram-to-one-man performances during the Foxes’ title triumph.
Vardy’s incredible production saw him crowned Premier League Player of the Season in 2015-16, but the frightening form didn’t end there.
He went on to win the Golden Boot in 2018-19 after another equally prolific campaign in which he scored 23 league goals and thus became, at the age of 33, the oldest player in claim the prize.
Vardy also became the 29th player to score 100 Premier League goals when he reached the milestone in June 2020, then sealed membership at an even more exclusive club in March 2021 when he recorded 100 or more goals in the elite beyond their 30th. birthday.
100 – Jamie Vardy (81 goals, 19 assists) is only the sixth player in Premier League history to score 100 goals after turning 30, after Teddy Sheringham (127), Frank Lampard (118), Ian Wright (110), Alan Shearer (102) and Gianfranco Zola (101). Flowering. pic.twitter.com/CzyZSK9dQo
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Riyad Mahrez – 37 apps, 17 goals, 11 assists
A relative unknown upon arriving in Leicester from French Le Havre in 2014, Mahrez wasted little time proving what he was capable of.
The Algerian playmaker has formed a devastating partnership with Jamie Vardy, with the duo’s goals helping fuel the Foxes’ title charge.
A major transfer to Man City followed with the £ 60million prize making Mahrez the most expensive African player of all time, besides being the biggest transfer fee Leicester have ever received.
While not quite a top pick at City, the 30-year-old has proven to be a game-changing option for Pep Guardiola and has since added another Premier League title (2018-19) to his collection.