Leicester City on Tuesday night maintained their 100 per cent start to life in the European Champions League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Porto. The Foxes top group G having beaten Club Brugge in their first group game.
One man on a mission to ensure the club is a force in Europe this season is Islam Slimani. The Algerian international became the club’s record signing in the summer and has wasted no time in proving his worth in goals. Slimani scored the only goal against Porto, set up by his countryman Riyad Mahrez, which made it three goals in his last four games for the club.
Leicester’s style of play appears to suit the frontman, especially with the wing play provided by Mahrez and Marc Albrighton. The crossing provided by the wide men have meant that all of Slimani’s goals have been headers. Other Premier League and European managers will have observed this and will no doubt prepare for his aerial threat in future games.
However, Slimani offers a lot more than just headed goals. A quick look at his goals for former team Sporting shows that he is also very assured with his feet. If Leicester are to shake off their current Premier League hangover, Slimani will need to continue his hot streak.
Meanwhile Algeria national team coach Milovan Rajevac will be rubbing his hands at his team’s prospects at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Algeria will be a force to be reckoned with and should be favourites for the tournament if they can keep all their stars fit.