Here's Why Harry Maguire Can Lead Leicester & England Pretty Soon...

Rohit Ganguly  |  Featured Player  |  6 Months Ago

“They say that a leader is not born. He is made”. This statement has swung both ways. At times we have seen leadership hailing straight from the cradle and at times an individual had to claw his way out of hell to earn this leadership. We will look at someone from the latter category in this piece.


He is none other than one of the most successful players in the current national squad of England and is also an eminent moniker in the squad of Leicester City, Harry Maguire. An unsung hero, right since his arrival at the King Power stadium, Maguire has led the Foxes from the back silently.


Right since the departure of N’Golo Kante, the fairytale for the Foxes fell apart into shreds. They were in dire need of a honcho who could have rallied the forces at the back and create more opportunities for Vardy. Despite Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan working hand in hand, they failed to bridge the gap between defence and Riyad Mahrez. The balls started drying up for Vardy and the goals started ebbing away for the Foxes.


There arrives Maguire from Hull City to bolster the Blue defence which at times seemed to be in utter shambles. Maguire is more of a sweeper which helps him to hold vigil right across the entire defence. He plays inches ahead of the final defender which casts a screen and earns valuable time for the stoppers to react.

Another added advantage for Maguire is a burly physique which makes him a boatload of muscle right in the heart of the defence. Given Premier League’s style of physical football, Maguire is a perfect man for the Leicester rearguard as his snatching abilities are of equal brilliance like the ones of his defending.


Maguire’s last-gasp goal earned Leicester valuable three points against the Saints as they climbed onto the seventh position of the table. Despite going down by a goal, Leicester retorted via Gray’s clinical strike to restore parity. He scored in the dying embers of the game after Albrighton teed him up with a peach of a cross.


Maguire’s previous goal for Leicester came against Manchester United as he went on to draw The Foxes level against the Devils. Tonight’s goal was his second in the kitty in the colours of Leicester.


Maguire was also phenomenal in the World Cup. Despite England bowing out in the semi-finals after being pipped by a solitary goal from France, the English defender never let the reins of The English defence loose. He is highly industrious in terms of work rate and is also an instrumental creator of opportunities with his picture-perfect long balls.

He also went to score against Sweden in his side’s two-zero triumph against a depleted Swedish contingency. However, the facet of England which earned plaudits after the World Cup was not their attacks or the golden-boot winner, Harry Kane. It was a rock–solid and an airtight defence which was led by Harry Maguire and Gary Cahill. Working in perfect sync, Cahill’s experience and Maguire’s impetuous tackles sent his opponents crashing onto the ground.


Maguire also bridged the gap between the defence and the attacking line of England as he kept on running right into the midfield to create a lot more opportunities for his side.


It is still too early to predict that Maguire can go onto lead England and Leicester City in the near offing to come; however, with all the prescience the pundits can boast of, Maguire certainly has some leadership abilities concealed in him.


The elements of this Sheffield lad’s success includes powerful tackles, long clearances, sudden bursts of jet speed taking his opponent off-guard and definitely the ability to back the team when up in attack and track back when down in defence. He is a stellar snatcher and his holding ability is indeed a treat for the eyes.


With Wes Morgan already showing signs of ageing, and Leicester’s current streak of phenomenal performances, Maguire will be the one to watch out for.


With a staggering number of 243 matches under his belt for clubs, and with 12 matches for his nation, Maguire is on a meteoric rise. Under the chaperonage of Claude Puel for Leicester and under the tutelage of Garry Southgate for England, Maguire is still to go a long way. However, after the departure of Rio Ferdinand, if any defender has emitted sparks to lead England to glory, it will doubtlessly be Harry Maguire.


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