Wed 13th January 2021
Premier League: Matchday 22
Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Choudhury, Man, Maddison, Gray, Vardy
Goalscorers: Choudhury (24)
Sat 16th January 2021
Premier League: Matchday 23
Leicester City 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Choudhury, Man, Maddison, Trincão, Vardy
Goalscorers: Maddison (79)
Sat 23rd January 2021
FA Cup: Fourth Round
Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mandragora, Albrighton, Maddison, Gray, Vardy
Goalscorers: Choudhury (80)
Tue 26th January 2021
Premier League: Matchday 24
Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester City
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Choudhury, Mandragora, Man, Trincão, Vardy
Sat 30th January 2021
Premier League: Matchday 25
Leicester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Schmeichel, Chambers, Hefti, Benkovic, Chilwell, Choudhury, Mandragora, Man, Maddison, Trincão, Seferovic
Goalscorers: Choudhury (9), Man (29)
Sunday 10th January 2021 marked my arrival at the King Power Stadium and three days later I was required to lead my new club to Anfield. A 1-1 draw marked my debut, as we recorded a crucial point at one of England's most feared grounds. Hamza Choudhury was the unlikely goalscorer on the night, with Jordan Henderson pegging us back with an unequally as unlikely equaliser.
The next two (league) games were the most vital games of the month, however. With Spurs awaiting at the end of the month, a home tie with AFC Bournemouth and an away trip to Selhurst Park presented us with the prime opportunity to end our winless drought. We hadn't won a single Premier League game since a 2-1 against Burnley back in October and once you're in the habit of failing to win, it's a difficult pattern to get out of. A win was desperately needed.
Unfortunately, we were unable to achieve that against Bournemouth. We trailed at half-time thanks to a goal from Joan Jordan, but James Maddison's late-strike sealed yet another point and ensured I remained unbeaten in my new job.
Sandwiched in-between our next game against Palace and the previous game against the Cherries was our Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Wigan Athletic - who ply their trade in the Sky Bet Championship. Steve Bruce had recently returned to the dug-out at the DW Stadium and his side were tough to break down. Choudhury, once again, scored an important goal in-order to send us through in normal-time, booking a place against Norwich City in the next round - who beat Chelsea 3-2 in extra-time to progress.
Fresh off the back of cup success, it was the ideal time to travel to Crystal Palace. The Eagles were struggling and found themselves trapped in the relegation-zone. However, the problems which plagued previous manager Brendan Rodgers continued here; as we were unable to find a way past a bang-average, at best, Palace side. It was at this moment in particular, I realised we were in desperate need of another striker to present us with a different avenue to go down. We couldn't afford to rely on goals from midfield, it simply wasn't going to be enough.
Despite having yet to bring in a new forward, with Vincent Aboubakar arriving two days after our home game against Tottenham, we found ourselves two-nil up against Jürgen Klopp's side. Hamza Choudhury - bagging his third goal in my brief tenure - and Dennis Man both found the net before the half-hour mark, which left us in a fantastic position at the half-time whistle, as Spurs were unable to find a breakthrough.
Disappointingly, we allowed Fernandinho to tap home a simple goal to allow the visitors back into the game with half an hour to go. With our backs very much against the wall, we were desperately holding on against a resolute Spurs attack - which boasted of some of Europe's finest attacking quality. Harry Kane eventually blasted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel which brought an end to our hopes of recording a first victory in fifteen games. We managed to hold on for a pleasing point, which I would have certainly taken at the start of the game, admittedly, but to surrender the game as we did left a bitter taste in my mouth.
There were plenty of positives to take from our performances. It was easy to overlook that at the end of the game, but it left me acknowledging there was certainly potential to really improve come the end of the season. We addressed our main issue of lacking a goal-scorer in bringing in Vincent Aboubakar on Deadline Day and I'm hopeful his signature will really improve that aspect to our game. Nevertheless, an unbeaten start to my first month in-charge is something to take away, at least.
At the end of January, it was Zinedane Zidane's
Arsenal who led the way at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners sat four points ahead of Manchester City, who had a game in-hand against Cardiff City at the start of February. Liverpool were just a point further behind and were in-possession of an eight point advantage over fourth-placed Spurs, although they did have a game in-hand, also.
Manchester United found themselves in fifth and were closely chasing Spurs, as they sought to reclaim Champions League football once again after finishing third last season under the management of Antonio Conte. The top six was completed by Chelsea, who had enjoyed a mixed start under Luis Enrique. The Blues were dumped out of the FA Cup to Championship opposition in Norwich City and also lost to Newcastle United and Manchester United in the league, with both of those losses coming away from home.
At the foot of the table, West Bromwich Albion's fortunes were steadily improving under the stewardship of Claudio Ranieri. The Baggies recorded just one loss from five games, coming in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea and held Spurs to a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns, as they reduced the deficit between themselves and seventeenth to four - although had played a game more than any of their counterparts in the bottom five
They were accompanied by Watford and Crystal Palace in the bottom three, with the Hornets trailing Newcastle United by a solitary point. Both clubs appointed new managers in December - with Watford now coached by Pavel Vrba, who left his job with Viktoria Plzen after four years to take the job at Vicarage Road
. Palace, meanwhile, opted to reappoint former manager Alan Pardew in a bid to preserve their eight-year stay in the top-flight. Pardew left his job at Wigan Athletic, with the Latics sat 21st in the Championship.
An international break was to take-place at the start of February, resulting in the Premier League resuming on Saturday 13th. We return with a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, before turning our attentions to an away trip in the Emirates FA Cup against Norwich City three days later. Homes games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley - the side we last recorded a victory against in the league
- are separated by a trip to Elland Road to take on Lee Johnson's
: I'm really pleased with Mandragora, especially. He seems to have all the right traits in the right areas. Also, drop the Chilwell agenda x
: Aboubakar is a vast improvement on what Iheanacho brought to the table with his lack of goals. Hopefully he'll really push on and fill the void that Seferovic doesn't provide. Vardy needs assistance.
: If we go by the price paid, it would suggest that Trincao is indeed the best signing.
I think he's certainly one of the most promising players in the squad!
: I was pleasantly surprised by his ability, especially with him playing in Serie B (albeit only for half a season).
: Targett is quite an underrated signing. It's one you could easily overlook, but his role in the squad will be important. He's still got time to improve and possesses the quality of a competent rotation/back-up option.