Wesley Fofana’s career at Leicester
Relive the career of Wesley Fofana since his arrival in the summer of 2020 from Saint-Etienne. The Frenchman has gradually established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Leicester City fell to Southampton at the King Power on Saturday afternoon by a score of 2-1. After a goalless first half, James Maddison opened the scoring for the Foxes with a brilliant free kick. Southampton’s Che Adams bagged a late brace to turn the match around and give the Saints all three points.
The opening twenty minutes were played at a breakneck pace, during which there was a lot of action but not a great deal happened. The Foxes has three-quarters of the possession and moved the ball quickly, but the final ball eluded them. The Saints struggled to get out of their own half and gave the ball right back whenever they managed to regain possession.
City dominated in every way but the one which matters, which sounds far more Puel-esuqe than it looked. There was plenty of intensity and forward movement, but Southampton were organized at the back and kept the clear-cut chances to a minimum. Leicester were the better side over the course of the half, but 0-0 was a pretty fair representation of the run of play.
There were no changes to either side at the half as both managers seemed reasonably satisfied with their charges in the opening forty-five minutes. That was a fair assessment as both sides played well; the only thing missing was a moment of quality in the final third.
Ayoze won a free kick on the right side deep in the Southampton half. The angle looked a little tight for a shot from the right-footed Maddison, but that just goes to show how much I know. Madders low shot started well outside the near post and curled just inside it. Keeper Gavin Bazunu dove for it in vain as it crept in and gave the Foxes a lead they just about deserved.
As is often the case, the goal brought the visitors to life as Southampton camped in the Leicester half and had several half-chances and penalty shouts in five very chaotic minutes. Manager Brendan Rodgers reacted by sending on Patson Daka and Youri Tielemans for Vardy and Ayoze.
Unfortunately, the moves failed to stem the tide and the Saints were soon level. A long throw found Armel Bella-Kotchap with his back to goal deep in the City penalty area. He tapped it to Che Adams who was completely unmarked in the 6-yard box. The Leicester-born striker’s shot found Justin on the goal line, and the fullback was unlucky to turn it into his own net.