Let’s talk about Ricardo Pereira.
At Leicester, most of the attention is understandably usually focused on Jamie Vardy, or James Maddison, or Wilfried Ndidi. And when we discuss right-backs in this country, the justified Trent Alexander-Arnold hype machine is what dominates proceedings.
But in the middle of that Venn diagram is Ricardo Pereira, who has quietly become one of the most impressive full-backs – most impressive players, even – in the Premier League this season.
“Alexander-Arnold seems to be the only right-back we talk about,” said Natalie Gedra on the Totally Football Show this week, “which is understandable but Ricardo Pereira has been brilliant for the last couple of seasons.
“He’s so creative, good in attack, good in defence – every time I watch Leicester I’m impressed with him. Tielemans has dropped his form, but Pereira is constant, he’s solid.”
Pereira has had a direct hand in 13 goals in the Premier League since the start of last season, scoring five and registering eight assists. Only two defenders with have more – Liverpool’s full-backs.
Daniel Storey was at Leicester’s game against West Ham this week, and he watched David Moyes’s side design their tactics specifically to counter Pereira.
“Moyes effectively picked two left-backs in Arthur Matsuaku and Aaron Cresswell to deal with that threat, but he set up that first goal and scored the second. He was brilliant. When Vardy isn’t playing or isn’t on form, he’s arguably Leicester’s best player. Wilfried Ndidi is good too, but he just has the ability to run a game from right-back.
“I think Leicester have the second-best pair of full-backs in the league, but Pereira has pushed on whereas Ben Chilwell has slightly regressed in the last few months.”
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