Scouting report: Leicester City

Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson

Continuity has been the key to Leicester City’s flying start to the new season, according to the Leicester Mercury’s Rob Tanner.

The Foxes are level on points with Championship leaders Burley and QPR, and only Charlton Athletic have got the better of Nigel Pearson’s well organised side.

According to Tanner, a summer of financial cut backs at the King Power Stadium may have worked in City’s favour.

So is this Leicester’s season?

“They’ve made a good start,” said Rob. “But there’s a long way to go and there’s some top sides in this division.

“What’s interesting is that City have really cut their cloth accordingly over the summer due to the financial fair play rules. It’s a far cry from when Sven was here.

“Nigel hasn’t spent any money, he’s only brought in free transfers, and some big earners like Jermaine Beckford have been allowed to leave.

“They’ve started the season with the same squad that finished last season.

“It’s a young squad and, while everyone else in the division has been changing, they’ve had the benefit of spending a year together.

“That consistency and continuity has certainly helped them hit the ground running.

“What they’ve got is an ability to win games without playing particularly well,” he added.

“Nigel’s experimented with three at the back but he’s stuck with 4-4-2 during the current unbeaten run of six games, and he’s named the same starting line up for the last five.

“They’ve got a strong backbone to the team.”