Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City: Swans’ Player Ratings as away side suffer second successive loss

Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan scored the all important goals to defeat Swansea, but how did Francesco Guidolin’s men perform?

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City: Swans’ Player Ratings as away side suffer second successive loss
Stephen Kingsley and Marc Albrighton battling for possession. (Photo: Swansea City A.F.C.)

Swansea City were outworked and outperformed as Leicester City comfortably put them to the sword, and won 2-1.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring, latching on to a superb through ball from Danny Drinkwater, then firing past a helpless Lukasz Fabianski in goal.

Wes Morgan doubled the lead for Leicester, as Swansea conceded once again from a corner. The away side failed to clear the ball and the captain volleyed home.

Leicester then had a penalty saved by Fabianski, after Jordi Amat clumsily brought down Shinji Okazaki. The Polish stopper did well to deny Riyad Mahrez’ penalty and then the rebound from Okazaki.

Leroy Fer gave Swansea a lifeline with 10 minutes to go, powering a header from Modou Barrow’s cross past Ron-Robert Zieler in goal.

Defence unable to cope

Lukasz Fabianski – 9

There was very little the goalkeeper could do to stop Vardy from scoring, and made some good saves all game. He then saved Mahrez’ penalty, and got back up to stop the rebound. He’s Swansea’s star man for the third game in a row.

Kyle Naughton – 5

All of Leicester’s attacks came down his side, and the fullback really struggled when Marc Albrighton, Mahrez and Vardy attacked down that side.

Federico Fernandez – 5

Booked early on for a silly challenge on Vardy, had quite a tough day trying to deal with the pace of Leicester’s attack.

Jordi Amat – 5

Put in slightly the better performance of the centre-halves, but was well beaten by Vardy for the opening goal. It’s tough to deal with his pace but perhaps Jordi Amat should have put himself in a better position to deal with the counter attack once Leicester had turned the ball over. Amat also conceded the penalty, with a silly challenge on Okazaki.

Stephen Kingsley – 6

Had relatively little to do, as Leicester seemed intent on either attacking down the opposite flank or through the middle. Unfortunately wasn’t a threat going forward though.

Passive midfield

Jack Cork – 6

Struggled to deal with Drinkwater in midfield, and as Swansea’s captain today should hold himself responsible. The team played like there wasn’t a plan, it was very poor to watch.

Leroy Fer – 7

Wasn’t able to really get into the game, and spent most of his time trying to get the better of Leicester’s midfielders when they were surging past him in the first half. He played much better after Ki Sung-Yeung was introduced, and it showed as he got the goal which helped Swansea make this scoreline respectable.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6

Perhaps the only Swansea player who ever looked like scoring, Sigurdsson had a few efforts from range but none were able to find the back of the net. For some reason he was substituted after 58 minutes for Ki.

Forwards with no ideas

Modou Barrow – 6

Looked good in possession, unfortunately for Swansea that was very rare. It’s also clear why Guidolin is hesitant on playing both Barrow and Jefferson Montero, as the former lost Christian Fuchs in transition while defending numerous times.

Fernando Llorente – 5

Did a poor job of holding the ball up, and never looked like scoring. It was a tough matchup against Robert Huth and Morgan unfortunately for the Spaniard.

Llorente is still struggling to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football / The Mirror
Llorente is still struggling to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football / The Mirror

Wayne Routledge – 5

Did very little once again going forward, it’s amazing that Routledge still starts for Swansea in 2016.

Subs

Jefferson Montero – 6

Was able to get at Danny Simpson on a few occasions, but wasn’t effective enough to turn the scoreline around completely.

Ki Sung-Yeung – 7

Looked very smart and assured in possession. He also allowed Fer to play closer to the forwards which aided his game.

Oliver McBurnie – 6

Came on late to make his Premier League debut but wasn’t able to score the equaliser. The young Scot has a big future ahead of him though.