This Saturday’s fixture matches up Manchester City’s new record signing Aymeric Laporte and Leicester’s top Premier League scorer Jamie Vardy.
Laporte’s £57m arrival from Athletic Bilbao is the second highest fee paid for a defender after Virgil Van Dijk. It brings City’s spending under Guardiola to over £450m with half of the money being spent on defenders.
The 23-year-old Frenchman had an impressive debut in City’s 3-0 win over West Brom last week. Laporte had a 95 per cent passing accuracy which was the highest of any outfield player in the match. Playing alongside Nicolas Otamendi also restricted the Baggies to just three shots with just one on target.
Statistically, Laporte profiles similarly to John Stones, albeit a left-footed version, with his passing range particularly strong. He averaged 7.4 accurate long passes per 90 minutes in La Liga this season, more than any outfield player aged 25 or under in Europe’s top five divisions.
He may deliver in terms of his passing accuracy and aerial prowess, however with Manchester City’s high line, Laporte may need to call upon his basic ground speed as he is set to come up against the fastest forward in the Premier League this season. Jamie Vardy has recorded a top speed of 35.1 kilometres per hour.
The England international has 12 League goals this season, just one shy of his total of 13 last seasons. He has five goals in his last seven Premier League matches, scoring in each of the last three with two from penalty kick. Although he failed to register a single shot in Leicester’s 2-0 defeat to City at the King Power Stadium in November, but currently, he has seven goals in nine Premier League appearances big-six sides this season. Who will come out on top in the tussle between Manchester City’s record buy and Leicester’s big-game player? Express your passion in the comment section?