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James Justin Is the ‘One Size Fits All’ Hero Leicester Need

Leicester’s 3-0 win over Brighton on Sunday put them only one level adrift of Premier League leaders Tottenham going into the festive interval.

The consequence was sensible, as was their efficiency. Amazon Prime commentator and serial exaggerator Peter Drury described the Foxes’ first half show – wherein they scored all three objectives – as the finest soccer of the season thus far. Although Drury is liable to going over the prime, on this event it was onerous to argue with him.

Two sensible strikes from James Maddison bookended the Foxes’ objectives together with his second being nothing wanting stupendous. Picking the ball up simply inside the field with Dan Burn protecting him – or a minimum of making an attempt to maintain him – at arm’s size, he twisted and turned earlier than unleashing a curling effort together with his weak foot into the prime nook.

James Maddison. That is

— 90min (@90min_Football) December 13, 2020

It was Maddison’s finest show in a while however he was not the solely Leicester participant to impress towards the Seagulls. This time two years in the past, James Justin was getting ready for Luton Town’s League One fixture with Fleetwood Town. However, you would not inform that from his show at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Starting off at left wing-back in a 3-4-2-1, Justin’s change to the reverse flank with round quarter-hour performed modified the sport. After this he function as an auxiliary proper midfielder as the Foxes moved to a makeshift 4 at the again system. In different phrases, the shackles have been off, which allowed him to focus on Brighton’s lumbering left-back, Dan Burn.

Justin’s first involvement was offering the cross that led to Maddison’s first objective. After drifting into house out huge cleverly, he swung in a depraved cross which Vardy cushioned again into the path of the goalscorer.

Advantage @LCFC!

James Maddison places the Foxes forward with a sensible end simply inside the penalty space ?#PLonPrime #LEIBHA

— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 13, 2020

His half in Leicester’s second objective was much more vital. With Leicester in transition, Justin had no drawback protecting tempo together with his teammates.

Eventually, Ayoze Perez manged to slide a via ball into his path and with out breaking stride, he performed an inch good cross to the on-rushing Vardy.

He nonetheless had so much to do, however Leicester’s quantity 9 had so much to thank Justin for, as he tucked away his tenth Premier League strike of the season.

Absolutely medical ?

Jamie Vardy doubles @LCFC’s lead after a flowing transfer#PLonPrime #LEIBHA

— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 13, 2020

This sort of efficiency was very a lot deserved. Thrusted into the first group following Ricardo Pereira’s ACL damage on the eve of lockdown final season, Justin has largely been handled as a ‘one measurement suits all’ utility man throughout his Leicester profession.

Since making his debut, he has been fielded as a right-back, centre-back, left-back, in addition to a wing-back on either side. Often, these place shifts have taken place mid-game as properly.

Yet, regardless of solely being 22, Justin has carried out all of those roles with minimal fuss, not lacking a single minute for the Foxes in the league this season and barely placing a foot. It’s about time he obtained some mainstream recognition and his advantageous, attacking show towards Brighton ought to do precisely that.

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