The impressive extent of this Leicester duo's 2015/16 form
Leicester’s rise to the summit of the English top flight has dominated the narrative of the 2015/16 campaign, with the fairytale reaching its climax as Claudio Ranieri orchestrated an impressive 2-1 victory against his former side, Chelsea, on Monday evening.
Having collected a well-earned three points from the holding champions at the King Power Stadium, during which both Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy found the back of the net, the Foxes head into the festive period among the front runners for the Premier League title.
18 – Riyad Mahrez has now been involved in a league-high 18 goals this season in the top-flight (11 goals, seven assists). Foxy.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 14, 2015
It is no secret that the aforementioned Leicester duo have been in fine form this season, and this has been a major factor behind the club’s surprise success.
Indeed, Vardy currently occupies top spot in the division’s scoring charts, with 15 successful strikes to his name, while Mahrez, who has been arguably the stand-out performer of the 2015/16 campaign, trails closely behind having hit the back of the net on 11 occasions.
Incredibly, the two-piece’s 26 goals have seen them outscore 81 of the 98 teams in Europe’s top five leagues this season – an incredible feat.
Meanwhile, they have managed just one goal fewer than formidable Barcelona duo Neymar and Luis Suarez, who are widely considered as the continent’s most potent strike force.
Whether the Foxes can maintain their positive form throughout the latter half of the season remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, the performances of Vardy and Mahrez will prove instrumental to any chance of prolonged success.
The club will undoubtedly face a challenge to keep their star men during the January window, but the prospect of upsetting the Premier League applecart could be worth staying for at least another six months.
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