Islam Slimani impresses Foxes boss Ranieri
BY RIATH AL-SAMARRAI/ Claudio Ranieri believes Islam Slimani proved his worth after Leicester’s record signing inspired their 3-0 demolition of Burnley.
The £29m (Sh3.81bn) signing arrived from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day with a big reputation and justified it with strikes either side of half-time before Ben Mee scored a late own goal. The win followed Leicester’s excellent midweek Champions League victory over Bruges and gets the Premier League holders back on track domestically following a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool.
Singling out his new striker, as well as the brilliant Riyad Mahrez, Ranieri said: “It was good for Slimani and good for everyone. It was a very good performance but he also linked very well with his team-mates. Very well. He pressed so hard during all the match. We brought him for all these characteristics.”
Mahrez’s performances against Bruges and Burnley were a marked improvement on his slow start to the season and Ranieri believes his playmaker is close to his best.
He said: “Riyad made two fantastic performances in these games and I am very pleased. Also in his tactical way he was very clever - when to attack, when to defend.”
ABOVE Leicester City’s Islam Slimani scores against Burnley/ REUTERS