Is­lam Sli­mani im­presses Foxes boss Ranieri

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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

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