Player Ratings as Foxes Pick Up Second Europa League Win



Leicester defeated AEK Athens 2-1 on Thursday evening | MB Media/Getty Images

Leicester made it two wins from two games in the Europa League on Thursday night, securing a 2-1 victory over AEK Athens thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Hamza Choudhury.

The visitors drew first blood through Vardy, who converted from the penalty spot after being brought down in the AEK box. After surviving some scares, Leicester doubled their lead just before the break with Hamza Choudhury latching onto a deflection to smash home.

AEK began the second half with purpose, pulling one back through substitute Muamer Tankovic after just four minutes. Tankovic spurned a golden opportunity to level things up just after. This acted as a wake up call to Brendan Rodgers’ side, who tightened up and managed to see out the victory.

Here are your Foxes player ratings from a fine night’s work in the Greek capital.

FBL-EUR-C3-AEK-LEICESTERFuchs was handed a rare start due to the Foxes’ lengthy injury list | ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – Only called into action once. Could do little about the goal.

Wes Morgan (CB) – 7/10 – One error aside, the return of Big Wes went well. The Foxes skipper made a host of clearances and was dominant in the air.

Wesley Fofana (CB) – 8/10 – Another fine display. Drove forward from defence and used the ball well in possession.

Christian Fuchs (CB) – 7/10 – A solid 45 minute display. However, the fact that a 34-year-old Fuchs was taken off to save his legs for Monday’s game against Leeds speaks volumes about the depth of Leicester’s current injury crisis.

FBL-EUR-C3-AEK-LEICESTERChoudhury bagged a rare goal on his European debut | ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/Getty Images

Marc Albrighton (RWB) – 7/10 – Industrious performance. Looked comfortable in a role he may have to play against Leeds thanks to Timothy Castagne’s injury.

Youri Tielemans (CM) – 7/10 – Surprisingly played the full 90 minutes once again. The Belgian hasn’t stopped so far this season and it showed at times on Thursday. He looked slightly jaded.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) – 8/10 – Involved in the build up of the first goal and then scored himself with a wicked finish. Not a bad European debut overall.

James Justin (LWB) – 7/10 – Provided some thrust down the left hand side in the first half. Was moved to centre back after the break and, after an early blip, he was solid.

Vardy opened the scoring from the spot for LeicesterVardy opened the scoring from the spot for Leicester | MB Media/Getty Images

Cengiz Under (RW) – 8/10 – Offered a constant threat in behind and looked dangerous when dribbling. Also defended diligently when he had to.

Jamie Vardy (ST) – 8/10 – A solid 70 minute stint. Won the penalty, scored it and worked hard. Great to see him starting after a short injury layoff.

James Maddison (LW) – 8/10 – Hacked down time after time by the opposition – a testament to his spritely, creative display.

Luke Thomas – 6/10

Nampalys Mendy – 7/10

Dennis Praet – 6/10

Kelechi Iheanacho – 6/10

Harvey Barnes – N/A



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