3️⃣ points as West Brom given rude awakening by Leicester City

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Leicester City put their horror end to last season behind them by starting the new campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Brom.

A brace of Jamie Vardy penalties followed a debut goal for Timothy Castagne as the Foxes did all of their damage after the interval.

He netted twice in different fashion from the penalty spot late on in this one to keep up his impressive record at the Hawthorns.

On his fifth trip here in the top flight, he scored yet again – as he has in every other fixture and it will be very pleasing to see him start the new season as he ended the last.

Since March of 2019, no player in the division has scored more than him and his double also saw him move ahead of Didier Drogba in the all-time Premier League goals chart.

And you can’t help but love his level of shithousery in employing his usual celebration intended to wind up opposing fans … even with none actually present.

Anyone who watched Timothy Castagne’s performances in Italy with Atalanta will be well aware that Leicester were getting a serious talent.

He got the Foxes’ first goal of the season with an excellent header but he was a standout even aside from getting on the score sheet.

His intelligence was on show as was an eagerness to impress, coming out on top in several duels and making several interceptions to snuff out danger.

It is yet another example of brilliant business from Leicester, replacing Ben Chilwell with a player for half the price who has all the tools to outshine the Chelsea left-back.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilić may have been sending out a message to his board with his starting line-up for this one.

He failed to pick a recognised orthodox striker for this one, changing his system (going a little too defensive) and opting to utilise Callum Robinson as a focal point.

It may have been a show of force to the club’s money men – reminding them of the necessity to strengthen in that department.

Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant is the man they want, according to local media reports, and Bilić did say earlier this week he is hopeful of adding quality in attack.

It will certainly be needed if his side are to give themselves a fighting chance this season.

Although they performed well in the first half of this one, the second 45 minutes was a cruel reminder of the cutthroat nature of football at this level.

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/3-points-as-west-brom-given-rude-awakening-by-leicester-city/?remotepost=272136

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