Leicester City go marching on, much to the chagrin of the media who still can’t quite come to terms with how the Foxes are spoiling their (the media’s) pre-prepared script.
Newspapers, TV experts…all assumed Leicester City would collapse in the run-in, or at very least stumble seriously badly.
They are stuck for what to write and very begrudging I think in covering the staggeringly good way that these underdogs are finishing off the job.
If this was Chelsea or Manchester United, they would all be wetting their pants about the superb professionalism blah blah blah.
Talking about how the value of experience, having been there so many times before, has given them the know how to complete this last leg of the title challenge.
Including Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Southampton, Leicester City have won 8 and drawn one of their last 10 matches – and in 7 of those wins they kept a clean sheet.
All of this has been achieved with a regular back five that cost around half a Fabricio Coloccini (and no doubt half the wages he is grabbing at Newcastle):
£3m Robert Huth (from Stoke 4 June 2015)
Free Christian Fuchs (from Schalke 3 June 2015)
£1.8m Danny Simpson (from QPR 30 Aug 2014)
£1.2m Kasper Schmeichel (from Leeds 27 June 2011)
£0.8m Wes Morgan (from Nottingham Forest 30 Jan 2012)
As well as the negligible price tags, the ages of the five players are also a standout (where Newcastle are concerned…).
These are their ages now and in brackets how old they were when brought in by Leicester:
Huth 31 (30), Fuchs 29 (28), Simpson 29 (27), Schmeichel 29 (24) and Fuchs 29 (28).
With the exception of possibly Kasper Schmeichel, none of these players would have been considered by Newcastle United under Mike Ashley due to their age and lack of future increased resale value.
At this moment in time only Aston Villa have a worse defence than Newcastle, Villa conceding 62 and NUFC 58, though United do have a game in hand to try and overtake them…
In contrast, only three clubs have conceded less than Leicester City’s 31.
The thought of a continuation of Newcastle United’s failed transfer strategy under Graham Carr and/or other faceless people bearing no responsibility for the mess, is almost as depressing as the impending relegation and sadly, the subsequent surefire departure of Rafa Benitez.