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2018–19 Leicester City F.C. season

The 2018–19 Leicester City season was the club's 114th season in the English football league system and their 51st (non-consecutive) season in the top tier of English football.[3] This was their fifth consecutive season in the 2018–19 Premier League. They also competed in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

Leicester City
2018–19 season
ChairmanVichai Srivaddhanaprabha (until 27 October)
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
ManagerClaude Puel (until 24 February)[1]
Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler (caretaker, 24–26 February)[1]
Brendan Rodgers (from 26 February)[2]
Premier League9th
FA CupThird round
EFL CupQuarter-finals
Top goalscorerLeague: Jamie Vardy (18)
All: Jamie Vardy (18)
Highest home attendance32,149 (1 Sep 2018 v Liverpool, PL Round 4)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 30,558 (26 Feb 2019 v Brighton & Hove Albion, PL Round 28)
All: 10,671 (28 Aug 2018 v Fleetwood Town, EFL Cup)
Average home league attendance31,851
Biggest win4–0 (28 Aug 2018 v Fleetwood Town, EFL Cup)
Biggest defeat1–4 (23 Feb 2019 v Crystal Palace, PL Round 27)

The season covers the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The season was marred by the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on 27 October, shortly after a 1–1 home draw against West Ham United.

Contents

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2018 CB   Jonny Evans West Bromwich Albion £3,500,000 [4]
1 July 2018 CB   Justen Kranthove   AFC '34 Free transfer [5]
1 July 2018 AM   James Maddison Norwich City £25,000,000 [6]
1 July 2018 RB   Ricardo Pereira   Porto £22,500,000 [7]
14 July 2018 CF   Ryan Loft Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer [8]
20 July 2018 GK   Danny Ward Liverpool £12,500,000 [9]
23 July 2018 RB   Louis Ramsay Norwich City Free transfer [10]
3 August 2018 GK   Viktor Johansson Aston Villa Free transfer [11]
5 August 2018 RW   Rachid Ghezzal   Monaco Undisclosed [12]
9 August 2018 CB   Filip Benković   Dinamo Zagreb Undisclosed [13]
9 August 2018 CB   Çağlar Söyüncü   Freiburg £19,000,000 [14]
26 August 2018 FW   Will Russ Chesterfield Undisclosed [15]
19 December 2018 CF   Davide Lorenzo Free agent Free transfer [16]

Transfers outEdit

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2018 LB   Josh Debayo Cheltenham Town Released [17][18]
1 July 2018 LW   Tom Fielding Mansfield Town Released [19][20]
1 July 2018 DM   Rubyn Gill Solihull Moors Released [19][21]
1 July 2018 GK   Ben Hamer Huddersfield Town Free transfer [22]
1 July 2018 CB   Robert Huth Retired Released [23][24]
1 July 2018 CM   Sammie McLeod Maldon & Tiptree Released [17][25]
1 July 2018 CM   Dylan Watts   Shamrock Rovers Released [17][26]
1 July 2018 LB   Connor Wood Bradford City Undisclosed [27]
1 July 2018 GK   Cameron Yates Wycombe Wanderers Undisclosed [28][29]
10 July 2018 RW   Riyad Mahrez Manchester City £60,000,000 [30]
3 August 2018 CF   Ahmed Musa   Al-Nassr Undisclosed [31]
8 August 2018 CM   Morgan Brown   Aberdeen Free transfer [32]
9 August 2018 CF   Josh Gordon Walsall Undisclosed [33]
10 August 2018 CF   Leonardo Ulloa   Pachuca Undisclosed [34]
17 October 2018 CB   Cal Templeton Tamworth Free transfer [35]
7 January 2019 DM   Vicente Iborra   Villarreal Undisclosed [36]
18 January 2019 CB   Yohan Benalouane Nottingham Forest Undisclosed [37]
4 February 2019 LW   Liandro Martis Macclesfield Town Free transfer [38]

Loans inEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
31 January 2019 CM   Youri Tielemans   Monaco 31 May 2019 [39]

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
1 July 2018 CB   Elliott Moore   OHL 31 May 2019 [40]
24 July 2018 AM   Harvey Barnes West Bromwich Albion 11 January 2019 [41][42]
26 July 2018 GK   Daniel Iversen Oldham Athletic 31 May 2019 [43]
2 August 2018 GK   Max Bramley AFC Telford United 31 May 2019 [44]
3 August 2018 RW   George Thomas Scunthorpe United 31 May 2019 [45]
8 August 2018 RW   Kian Williams Barwell 27 January 2019 [46]
11 August 2018 CF   Islam Slimani   Fenerbahçe 31 May 2019 [47]
31 August 2018 CB   Filip Benković   Celtic 31 May 2019 [48]
31 August 2018 AM   Bartosz Kapustka   OHL 31 May 2019 [49]
2 January 2019 LB   Callum Elder Ipswich Town 31 May 2019 [50]
10 January 2019 LW   Fousseni Diabaté   Sivasspor 31 May 2019 [51]
31 January 2019 RB   Darnell Johnson   Hibernian 31 May 2019 [52]
31 January 2019 CM   Andy King Derby County 31 May 2019 [53]
31 January 2019 CB   Josh Knight Peterborough United 31 May 2019 [54]
31 January 2019 CM   Adrien Silva   Monaco 31 May 2019 [39]

First team squadEdit

  • This section lists players who were in Leicester's first team squad at any point during the season
  • Asterisks indicates player left mid-season
  • Hash symbol indicates player retired mid-season
  • Italics indicate loaned player
No. Nationality Name Position Joined Signed from
Goalkeepers
1   Kasper Schmeichel GK 2011   Leeds United
12   Danny Ward GK 2018   Liverpool
17   Eldin Jakupović GK 2017   Hull City
Defenders
2   Danny Simpson RB 2014   Queens Park Rangers
3   Ben Chilwell LB / LM 2015 Youth
4   Çağlar Söyüncü CB 2018   Freiburg
5   Wes Morgan CB 2012 (winter)   Nottingham Forest
6   Jonny Evans CB 2018   West Bromwich Albion
14   Ricardo Pereira RB 2018   Porto
15   Harry Maguire CB 2017   Hull City
16   Filip Benković CB 2018   Dinamo Zagreb
28   Christian Fuchs LB / CB 2015   Schalke 04
29   Yohan Benalouane* CB 2015   Atalanta
35   Callum Elder LB 2013 Youth
39   Darnell Johnson CB 2018 Youth
Midfielders
7   Demarai Gray LW / RW / CF 2016 (winter)   Birmingham City
10   James Maddison AM 2018   Norwich City
11   Marc Albrighton RM / LM 2014   Aston Villa
18   Daniel Amartey CM / CB / RB / DM 2016 (winter)   Copenhagen
19   Harvey Barnes AM / CM / RM / LM 2016 Youth
21   Vicente Iborra* CM 2017   Sevilla
21   Youri Tielemans CM 2019 (winter)   Monaco (loan)
22   Matty James CM 2012   Manchester United
23   Adrien Silva CM 2017   Sporting CP
24   Nampalys Mendy CM 2016   Nice
25   Wilfred Ndidi DM 2017 (winter)   Genk
31   Rachid Ghezzal LW / RW 2018   Monaco
33   Bartosz Kapustka LW / RW 2016   Cracovia
37   Andy King CM 2006 Youth
38   Hamza Choudhury CM 2015 Youth
Forwards
8   Kelechi Iheanacho ST 2017   Manchester City
9   Jamie Vardy ST/CF 2012   Fleetwood Town
20   Shinji Okazaki CF / AM 2015   Mainz 05
27   Fousseni Diabaté RW / LW / ST 2018   Gazélec Ajaccio
  Islam Slimani ST 2016   Sporting CP
  George Thomas RW / LW / ST 2017   Coventry City

Pre-seasonEdit

Pre-season friendliesEdit

Leicester City announced that they will play pre-season friendlies against Notts County, Valencia and Lille, with a further two matches against Akhisarspor and Udinese Calcio as part of a tour to Austria.

CompetitionsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 16 9 13 47 46 +1 57 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round[a]
8 Everton 38 15 9 14 54 46 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 15 7 16 51 48 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 15 7 16 52 55 −3 52
11 Watford 38 14 8 16 52 59 −7 50
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup, Manchester City, qualified for the Champions League, the spot given to the FA Cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot given to the League Cup winners (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 15 7 16 51 48  +3 52 8 3 8 24 20  +4 7 4 8 27 28  −1

Last updated: 12 May 2019.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
ResultLWWLLWWLLDWDDWDLLWWLWLLDLLLWLWWWWLDWLD
Position1387899810111210101089912978789111112121111101087810899
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2019. Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

On 14 June 2018, the Premier League fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[55][56]

FA CupEdit

The third round draw was made live on BBC by Ruud Gullit and Paul Ince from Stamford Bridge on 3 December 2018.[57]

EFL CupEdit

The second round draw was made from the Stadium of Light on 16 August.[58] The third round draw was made on 30 August by David Seaman and Joleon Lescott.[59] The fourth round draw was made live on Quest by Rachel Yankey and Rachel Riley on 29 September.[60]

Squad statisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

As of 12 May 2019

  • Asterisk (*) indicates player left club mid-season
  • Hashtag (#) indicates player finished the season out on loan
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Kasper Schmeichel 38 0 38 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF   Danny Simpson 9 0 3+3 0 1 0 2 0
3 DF   Ben Chilwell 36 0 36 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF   Çağlar Söyüncü 8 0 4+2 0 0 0 2 0
5 DF   Wes Morgan 25 3 21+1 3 1 0 2 0
6 DF   Jonny Evans 28 1 21+3 1 1 0 3 0
7 MF   Demarai Gray 39 4 24+10 4 0+1 0 2+2 0
8 FW   Kelechi Iheanacho 35 2 9+21 1 1 0 3+1 1
9 FW   Jamie Vardy 36 18 30+4 18 0 0 1+1 0
10 MF   James Maddison 38 7 35+1 7 0+1 0 0+1 0
11 MF   Marc Albrighton 32 3 18+9 2 1 0 2+2 1
12 GK   Danny Ward 5 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
14 DF   Ricardo Pereira 37 2 35 2 0 0 1+1 0
15 DF   Harry Maguire 32 3 31 3 0 0 1 0
16 DF   Filip Benković# 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
17 GK   Eldin Jakupovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF   Daniel Amartey 10 0 7+2 0 0 0 1 0
19 MF   Harvey Barnes 16 1 11+5 1 0 0 0 0
20 FW   Shinji Okazaki 25 0 1+20 0 1 0 2+1 0
21 MF   Vicente Iborra* 11 1 3+5 0 0 0 3 1
21 MF   Youri Tielemans 13 3 13 3 0 0 0 0
22 MF   Matty James 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 MF   Adrien Silva 5 0 1+1 0 0 0 3 0
24 MF   Nampalys Mendy 32 0 23+8 0 0 0 0+1 0
25 MF   Wilfred Ndidi 40 2 37+1 2 0 0 2 0
27 FW   Fousseni Diabaté# 3 0 1 0 0 0 1+1 0
28 DF   Christian Fuchs 8 1 2+1 0 1 0 4 1
29 DF   Yohan Benalouane* 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF   Rachid Ghezzal 23 3 8+11 1 1 1 3 1
33 MF   Bartosz Kapustka# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF   Josh Knight# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF   Callum Elder# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF   Andy King# 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
38 MF   Hamza Choudhury 12 0 7+2 0 1 0 1+1 0
39 DF   Darnell Johnson# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
59 MF   Thakgalo Leshabela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Islam Slimani# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorersEdit

As of 28 April 2019

Rnk No Pos Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 9 FW   Jamie Vardy 18 0 0 18
2 10 MF   James Maddison 7 0 0 7
3 7 MF   Demarai Gray 4 0 0 4
4 15 DF   Harry Maguire 3 0 0 3
5 DF   Wes Morgan 3 0 0 3
21 MF   Youri Tielemans 3 0 0 3
11 MF   Marc Albrighton 2 0 1 3
31 MF   Rachid Ghezzal 1 1 1 3
9
14 DF   Ricardo Pereira 2 0 0 2
25 MF   Wilfred Ndidi 2 0 0 2
8 FW   Kelechi Iheanacho 1 0 1 2
12 6 DF   Jonny Evans 1 0 0 1
19 MF   Harvey Barnes 1 0 0 1
28 DF   Christian Fuchs 0 0 1 1
21 MF   Vicente Iborra 0 0 1 1
Own Goals 3 0 0 3
Total 51 1 5 57

AwardsEdit

Club awardsEdit

Leicester's annual award ceremony, including categories voted for by the players and supporters, was held on 7 May 2019. The following awards were made[62]:

Player of the Year Award   Ricardo Pereira
Young Player of the Year Award   James Maddison
Players' Player of the Year Award   Ricardo Pereira
Academy Player of the Year Award   Oliver Bosworth
Development Squad Player of the Season   Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Goal of the Season Award   Christian Fuchs vs. Fleetwood Town, 28 August 2018
Performance of the Season vs. Manchester City, 26 December 2018
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Outstanding Community Award Geoff and Gill Smart

Divisional awardsEdit

Date Nation Winner Award
April 2019   Jamie Vardy Premier League Player of the Month[63]

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