Leonardo Ulloa: A player who has found opportunities in the first team; certainly from the start, hard to come by this season, Leonardo Ulloa did fabulously well to come into the side and be the hero for Leicester City. He scored a vital pair of goals to help them on their way to a 4-0 win, showing the doubters that they are far from a team that can only function with a certain Jamie Vardy on the pitch. Ulloa is an entirely different type of player to the absent former Fleetwood Town man, but the ex-Brighton forward performed admirably in his first start since January. His first goal was a header, freeing himself from the attentions of Ashley Williams to meet Danny Drinkwater’s delivery from out wide. For his second, Ulloa applied the finishing touch at the back-post when Schlupp’s breakaway left the forward with an easy chance to extend Leicester’s lead to three. Throughout the game, the burly centre-forward backed into defenders, winning four battles in the air, and providing a terrific platform for his eager team-mates. He did run the channels too, but was most effective within the width of the 18-yard-box. This applied in a defensive sense as well as in attack, as his work alongside Wes Morgan and Robert Huth defending Swansea City corners was invaluable.
Kelechi Iheanacho: With the glamour tie of Real Madrid in the Champions League looming large on the horizon for Manchester City, one could have imagined that the players could have taken their eyes off the ball against Stoke City. For Kelechi Iheanacho however, this was a chance to impress both his current and future manager, and it was one which he grabbed with both hands. The youthful Nigerian scored the final two goals in City’s rout of the Potters and had a hugely significant overall impact too. On an individual basis, he was successful with three take-ons, but also linked up well with David Silva and Sergio Aguero, two of The Citizens’ most influential performers. Iheanacho has now had 15 shots on target this season, of which a staggering 11 have led to goals for the promising youngster. These are quite brilliant figures and City supporters must be very excited to see how he can develop even further under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
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