Player to watch today: Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) 0

Given the circumstances under which he arrived at the King Power stadium, it’s probably fair to assume that Andrej Kramaric’s stay at Leicester will be quite brief.  Chelsea supposedly retain an interest, some fairly illustrious European clubs were also enamoured with him in the past and Nigel Pearson will do well to hold onto him beyond the end of this season.

There’s a reason for his popularity: he’s a very good player.

Since coming to England, his goal-record may not have been what it was at his previous club, Rijeka, but anyone who has watched him will have recognised the potential.

Goals are his meat and drink, clearly, but he’s quite a three-dimensional forward.  His touch is very good, he’s very creative in possession, and his movement off-the-ball is generally excellent.  Leicester spent most of the early season looking quite blunt, but Kramaric has changed that - he may have only scored twice, but he presents an obvious threat and has made his team’s attacking play significantly more diverse.

Leicester face Hull City today and Steve Bruce will likely start Michael Dawson, Paul McShane and Alex Bruce, his son, as his back-three.

Kramaric is too good for that trio.  They’re obdurate enough and they have plenty of experience, but they seem mismatched against a player who moves so well, finds space so smartly and is such an accomplished finisher.

Whether Leicester, who have not kept a clean-sheet since January 10th, are able to keep the back-door shut and ultimately this game is really a different question, but Kramaric should have some joy today.

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