Leicester City 2020/21 Season Review: Foxes' FA Cup success outshines final day disappointment
Khun Top, Chairman of Leicester City celebrates with the Emirates FA Cup trophy following The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021, in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Leicester City missed out on a top-four place in the Premier League on the final day for the second consecutive season. But the Foxes' success came elsewhere as they won the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

After spending almost the whole season inside the Champions League spots, Brendan Rodgers' side fell at the final hurdle, losing to Tottenham on the last day. 

However, this blow took the back seat in Leicester's season as a special day at Wembley Stadium is what will be remembered.  Youri Tielemans' stunning strike won the club their first ever FA Cup to claim the Foxes' second major trophy in six years. 

Transfer Business

Ahead of Rodgers’ second full season in charge of the Foxes, Academy product Ben Chilwell swapped the blue of Leicester for Chelsea for £50M but was quickly replaced with Belgian international Timothy Castagne for £21.5M.  

Rodgers also brought in a highly-rated winger in Cengiz Under from Roma. The Turkish international arrived on loan with the option, and frankly in hope, of a permanent move.  
Deadline day came, and the Foxes were not finished, signing highly rated French-youngster, Wesley Fofana, from St Etienne for £30M on a five-year deal.  
After a promising start to the season with Castagne showing no signs of Chilwell blues, the Foxes beat West Brom 3-0 away from home as well as an impressive 5-2 away victory and Manchester City.  
A home defeat to Aston Villa saw a debut for Fofana. The Frenchman only broke through into the St Etienne first-team last season but impressed enough to secure a move to the Premier League.

Fofana has been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since with the 19-year-old putting in consistent performances and even during Ramadan, displaying solidarity at times he would be excused for fatigue. 

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Whilst Foxes fans can agree with Rodgers in saying that he can improve and learn from his mistakes, he has been a great signing and a stand-out performer this season. 

Games against Arsenal and Leeds away saw expert assists from Under as well as goals against Brentford away in the FA Cup and AEK Athens at home in the Europa League. 

However, he never really got going and didn’t show enough for him to earn a permanent move. There was no surprise in seeing him left out of the FA Cup winning squad and the matchday squads in and around May. It just never worked out.

Written by Kiran Bedder

Turning Point

As the Foxes approached the 'business end' of the season, many Leicester supporters may have been fearful after a less than stellar February.

A shocking 2-0 loss to Slavia Prague saw Rodgers' men dumped out of the Europa League, quickly followed by a brutal 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League.

With numerous injuries and poor form plaguing the Leicester squad, the Foxes needed a quick turnaround to avoid a miserable March.

City began with a well-fought battle at Turf Moor, drawing 1-1 with Burnley thanks to a stunning Kelechi Iheanacho volley rescuing a point.

Rodgers' side continued their resurgence, snatching a 2-1 win against a well-structured Brighton & Hove Albion. Iheanacho's good form continued as he once again found the net before Daniel Amartey headed an unbelievable 87th-minute winner past the Seagulls.

Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho continued their deadly partnership in an emphatic 5-0 win over Sheffield United, the Nigerian striker scored a stunning hattrick thanks to two Vardy assists.

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The striker was again the Foxes' FA Cup hero as his two goals helped Leicester win 3-1 against a lackluster United side.

Although many Leicester fans may have not anticipated an FA Cup run at the beginning of the season, the team's recapture of form and incredible victory over Man United set the stage for a history-making year at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho's sudden rise to prominence in March was also instrumental in the Foxes' journey, scoring a remarkable seven goals in four games and providing possible insight into future success for Leicester.

Written by James Worthington

Player of the Season

In a season like Leicester’s, there are of course many standouts who could be in the reckoning for the Player of the Season award.

The likes of James Justin, Harvey Barnes, and Fofana could all provide reasonable cases if it wasn’t for injuries, whilst Wilfred Ndidi remained as industrious as ever, but in the end, it is his midfield partner who scoops the accolade.

For Youri Tielemans it’s been another stellar season. Playing in 51 of the Foxes’ games, the Belgian recorded his best campaign ever, scoring nine and assisting six.

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A consistent player always and considered one of the leaders in the Leicester dressing room, the 24-year-old’s contributions were epitomised no more so than in the FA Cup Final.

Scoring a thunderbolt from just outside the box to win his side the cup for the first time in Leicester’s history, Tielemans has written himself into the history books at the King Power Stadium.

His performances have led to rumoured interest from other clubs in the top-flight, but with proof provided to the former Anderlecht academy graduate that he is at a side that can compete with the best and win trophies, the Foxes are keen to tie down their key player to a new deal to waive off potential suitors.

Should Tielemans remain in the East Midlands, he is more than capable of continuing to be their star man.

Written by Callum Boyle

Most Improved Player

Kelechi Iheanacho had not had the most fruitful time in the East Midlands until February this year. For certain he is the player who has improved the most this season.

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Foxes fans saw the real side of the Nigerian in the final few months of the season, where they saw the 24-year-old score 16 times. He eventually finished the season with 19 goals, ending Vardy’s five-year streak at the club's top goalscorer.

Iheanacho’s goals helped Leicester to win their first FA Cup, they were crucial in the cup run including a brace against Manchester United, and the winner in the semi-final against Southampton.

There is absolutely no doubt that he has been a key part of Rodgers’ side's success this season, it’s just a huge shame that their efforts were not eventually rewarded with Champions League qualification.

During the Christmas period, Leicester travelled to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. Iheanacho started the game having had a very inconsistent season up to this point.

Leicester were awarded a penalty and Iheanacho stepped up and embarrassingly fluffed his lines. His confidence was rock bottom, but somehow this encouraged him to work harder, and the goals started to come.

Fast-forward 119 days to the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes were 1-0 down at half time and Iheanacho went on to get an assist and then scored the winner with a goal that was voted Leicester’s goal of the season. The comparison of these two fixtures showed how far he had come in a short space of time.

Hopefully, Iheanacho can continue his form and play a vital role next season for Rodgers and Leicester. 

Written by Kyle Curran