New signings have continued to prove they are a good bargain since the new Premier League season kicked off on Saturday,,12 September 2020. Timothy Castagne joined the likes of Gabriel Malaghaes, Callum Wilson, and Jeff Hendrick to score on his debut as Leicester City thumped new boys West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Sunday.
The Foxes marched on to the new season after allowing a top 4 finish and a Champions League qualification position in the final week of the season – a position they had occupied since September 2019 – slip out of their grasp.
However, they showed no signs of a hangover as Castagne, bought from Atalanta for a fee of £21.5million, headed home ast 11 minutes into the second half before two Vardy penalties (74) and (84) wrapped up the points.
Watch the match highlights below….
Last season’s Golden Boot winner, Jamie Vardy, has now scored six times in five appearances at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies, however,did not show any character as they gave a toothless display on return to the Premier League, starting brightly but only registered one shot on goal in the second half.
Leicester may have quashed any talks that they might struggle this season without flying full-back Ben Chilwell with the signing of Castagne who put up an impressive showing on his debut.
The Belgian played down the right, but can equally play on the left – a ploy likely to be seen when Ricardo Pereira returns. He also showed tremendous energy and quality on the ball throughout, and his goal was a sign of his attacking instincts in and around the box too.
With the new signing Castagne pushing higher and Harvey Barnes supporting Vardy, the Foxes had more bite as shown during the match.
Brendan Rodgers will also be pleased to see how Leicester maintained their control of the match even after the break.
His wing-backs were pinning the opposition back and it was no surprise to see that method of attack resulted in the opening goal.
James Justin found the overlapping run of Dennis Praet down the left and his cross was met by a determined header from Castagne, who showed great adventure to get into the box.
An offside flag denied Ayoze Perez earlier but it was soon 2-0 as Vardy’s pace won Leicester a penalty.
Vardy then joined Liverpool’s Mo Salah on the hunt for the Golden boot after turning in his second via the penalty spot again when Dara O’Shea clumsily took down Justin the box.
Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Leicester have won all five of their Premier League away games against West Brom – no other side has a better 100% away win rate against an opponent in the competition (Man City also 5/5 vs Bournemouth and Arsenal 5/5 vs Hull).
- Leicester earned their first Premier League away win since New Year’s Day (3-0 at Newcastle), ending a run of eight games without a win on the road (D3 L5).
- In 380 Premier League games last season, there was just one occasion of a player scoring two penalties in a single match (Troy Deeney v Newcastle) – it’s happened twice already in five matches so far this season (Mo Salah v Leeds, Jamie Vardy for Leicester today).
- Vardy has scored in all five of his away Premier League appearances against West Brom, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of most away games vs an opponent in the competition with a 100% scoring record (5/5 at Newcastle).