Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City - Player Ratings: Who stole the show for the Foxes in South Wales?

Leicester City once again went top of the Premier League after a convincing 3-0 win over a struggling Swansea City side. 

The win, along with several results in their favour, meant that Leicester would end the weekend two points clear at the top. With Arsenal the only side around Leicester to pick up a full three points, beating Sunderland 3-1, the Foxes were able to stretch their advantage over their 'title rivals'.

Leicester struck first and early in South Wales, going ahead after less than five minutes as Riyad Mahrez turned in a pin-point Marc Albrighton corner. The Algerian added to his earlier goal just over 15 minutes later, finishing off a quality Leicester counter-attack with a composed finish, albeit in an offside position.

The result was put out of doubt halfway through the second period when Mahrez completed his hat-trick from another rapid counter-attack, led by N'Golo Kante.

As well as the hat-trick hero though, which players really caught the eye for the Foxes?

Defence unchallenged

Kasper Schmeichel - 7/10:

The Danish 'keeper will be over the moon to have kept only his third clean sheet of the season. Schmeichel was rarely called upon but looked solid when the time came. Swansea's best efforts were stopped by the woodwork as opposed to Schmeichel, but the clean sheet still counts just as much.

Danny Simpson - 6/10:

Like Schmeichel, the full-back didn't have an awful lot to do. He seemed to be confident in possession and put in a decent defensive performance, rarely beaten by Swansea's left side but caught out on one or two occasions. 

Robert Huth - 6/10:

Another Leicester defender who didn't have much to do turned in a performance that matched Swansea's lack of attack. Cleaned up a few times on the edge of his own box and made next to no mistakes. His season so far has shown nothing but solid defending and he continued this against the Swans.

Wes Morgan - 6/10:

Very similar to Huth, the Jamaican international wasn't faced with much of a challenge and dealt with whatever was thrown at him at a relatively high standard. Slipped up a couple of times but never resulting to anything, meaning a performance only describable as on-par.

Christian Fuchs - 7/10:

Another impressive showing from the Austrian captain made up of good attacking intent as well as tight defensive work. Offered a threat going forward whilst being comfortable defensively, a few silly fouls let him down slightly but another comprehensive performance from the left-back.

Midfield on song

Marc Albrighton - 6/10:

Assisted the first goal from a great corner and looked dangerous going forward in the first half. Drifted out of the game in the second half and looked like a lost man without really touching the ball. His performance summed up perfectly what we've seen from him this season: the ability to blow hot or cold.

Danny Drinkwater - 8/10:

Swept up everything in the middle of the park against a non-existent Swansea midfield. Looked very confident with and without the ball and he has struck up a fantastic partnership with Kante. Made an endless amount of tackles and interceptions whilst completing a very high proportion of his attempted passes. A very convincing show from the Englishman as he kept up his great season so far.

N'Golo Kante - 9/10:

The French holding midfielder put in an absolutely world class performance in Wales. His never-ending work rate and harassment of his counterparts, that he's shown consistently, were finally matched with the end product that he hadn't yet shown. A perfectly-weighted assist for Mahrez's second goal and his tenacious run to set up the chance for his third were great examples of substance in the final third of the pitch.

Riyad Mahrez - 10/10, Man of the Match:

The winger showed that the Foxes don't just have to rely on Jamie Vardy for their goals. His sublime hat-trick was the first of his pro career and made him only the third Leicester player to score a Premier League triple after Stan Collymore and Ian Marshall.

His link-up play with Jamie Vardy has been the story of Leicester's season so far and the game against Swansea typified this with quick passing and one-touch play. The last two goals of his hat-trick were both well-taken finishes, the third with his much weaker left peg. His performance was up there with the best individual showings of any player so far this season and his match ball was very well deserved.

Riyad Mahrez took home the match ball on Saturday after a game-winning hat-trick. (Photo: Goal)
Riyad Mahrez took home the match ball on Saturday after a game-winning hat-trick. (Photo: Goal)

Attackers put in a shift

Leonardo Ulloa - 6/10:

He held up the ball well against two physical Swansea centre-backs but was unable to produce the end product, whether it was a pass or a shot. His one clear-cut chance came from a 20-yard run which ended with a poor shot a few yards wide of the post, when the better option would have been to find Vardy. His recent performances have been much better than his earlier season games though which is good for the Foxes' fans to see.

Jamie Vardy - 7/10:

Although his record-breaking run finally came to an end against a very weak Swansea team, he produced a good performance, getting an assist for the third goal.

Vardy looked sharp throughout and pressured the defence into plenty of mistakes, the first of which gained the corner that produced the first goal. However, he did miss a few clear chances that you would've put a lot of money on him scoring, like a one-on-one chance in the first half where he possibly rushed the finish.

Substitutes made little impact

Jeffrey Schlupp - 4/10:

Didn't touch the ball when introduced very late for the match winner, Mahrez. Although he didn't have long, the Ghanaian didn't make any runs, nor did he offer anything when his side were in possession.

Andy King - 5/10:

Brought on with only a few minutes left for Ulloa. He made a few passes whilst one of his speculative shots forced a possible handball in the Swansea penalty area.

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