Former Manchester United pair 'Fantastic' for runaway Championship leaders Leicester City

Leicester City's Dean Hammond has described Danny Drinkwater and Matty James' performances this season as '"fantastic" even though the pair have kept him out of the side at the King Power stadium.

The Foxes are currently in pole position for a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 and former Southampton midfielder told the Leicester Mercury that Danny Drinkwater and Matty James have been a fundamental part Nigel Pearson's side:

"They know each other from their time together at United. They are very close and that is showing on the pitch.

They are performing well and deserve to play.

You just have to try to be ready. You train well and keep a level head and support the players who are playing there.

"It is difficult when you are not playing, but you have to support each other and wait for your chance.

"It is a squad full of quality but that is one of the reasons we are top of the league. The squad is there. It is challenging every day in training. We are pushing each other and I think that is why we are doing well." 

Whilst Jamie Vardy and Dave Nugent's form in-front of goal and the Foxes' all round attacking play this season has made the headlines, the role of the former Manchester United academy players cannot be denied.

Danny Drinkwater has hit five goals this season, most notably a wonder strike in stoppage time to equalise against Watford.

Matty James, who joined the foxes in a double swoop along with fellow Manchester United team mate. Richie De Laet. 

Despite great performance from the pair,Nigel Pearson's squad are keeping their feet firmly on the ground. James told BBC East Midlands;

"We are not getting complacent,we know how quickly it can turn around

It did last season and that experience is helping us this season."

Leicester City are currently 10 points clear of 3rd place, local rivals, Derby County and will be looking to add to that when they welcome Charlton to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

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