By Ivan Avalos
In the beginning of the season, if you asked fans who they thought would win the league you would expect them to say Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or any other top team in the Premier League.
But as the season stands now a different team is in the run for the league title, Leicester City. The Foxes finished in 14th place last season and survived relegation zone by 6 points is now on top the league by 5 points with 7 games to go.
“Leicester don’t have that much of a budget to work with like the other teams do” said McMahon student Kevin Martinez (16).According to ESPN, Leicester City have a squad worth of 54.4 million dollars, with their most expensive player being Leonardo Ulloa, 10 million dollars, while Tottenham have a squad value of $161.1m, Arsenal 251.9 m and Manchester City have $418.8m.
A big reason why they are first is because of the attacking duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. Vardy, who at one point was playing soccer in the 5th tier in the English League, leads the Premier League top scorers chart with 12 goals while Mahrez sits in second place with 7 strikes. The Algerian winger also has the second most assists with 11, and 5 provided to Vardy . In the midfield they have N’Golo Kante who has been a commanding presence in the center of the park with 82% passing and 25 total chances created. Meanwhile Robert Huth is running the defense that has stopped many big teams in England winning 55% of his duels.
“I hope Leicester City win so that Arsenal or Tottenham don't win it” said Martinez, who is a Chelsea supporter and doesn't want to see one of his team's rivals win the league, “I would be really mad if Arsenal or Tottenham win the league.” And this is not the only reason people are hoping they can lift the league title. Leicester City have found themselves as the underdogs who everyone is rooting for to win the league. Even fans of their rivals are hoping that the Foxes can top the table
Leicester do not play in any european leagues like the other big teams in England. At least 6 less matches in 5 months. This allows them to have more rest time to prepare for the league, rest time that the other teams do not have.
Leicester City have proven to be a good teams having only losing 5 games in all competitions and having only 7 games left everyone is watching them and hoping they do what was once considered unthinkable.