Seven shots, three goals - Leicester City's £8m striker gamble paying off

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Leicester City notched an impressive win over Stoke City on Saturday - and they had their Argentinian goal machine to thank.

After ten years out of the Premier League, Leicester City finally made their return to the top flight after running away with the Championship title last season. Manager Nigel Pearson masterminded the Foxes' promotion, and with the backing of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester are looking to achieve safety from relegation in their first season back in the Premier League.

Pearson snapped up free agents such as goalkeeper Ben Hamer, centre back Matthew Upson, midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and winger Marc Albrighton, whilst Danny Simpson, Nick Powell and Tom Lawrence also arrived from Premier League rivals QPR and Manchester United respectively.

Whilst the signing of former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star Cambiasso is something of a coup, it's his Argentine compatriot Leonardo Ulloa who made the most headlines. The former Almeria striker only arrived in English football in January 2013 when Gustavo Poyet signed him for Brighton, but his 23 goals in 50 games for the Seagulls was enough to tempt Brighton into paying £8m for his services in July.

With no experience of English football above the Championship, many people questioned whether Ulloa was the best way to splash out £8m - but he's proving all the doubters wrong so far.

A physical striker with great aerial ability, Ulloa earned a reputation for being a superb goal poacher during his time at the Amex Stadium, and that has continued this season.

Ulloa, 28, scored the Foxes' first goal of the Premier League season with a predatory goal against Everton on the opening day of the season, and proved that it was no flash in the pan with an outstanding headed equaliser against Arsenal two weeks ago.

This weekend, Leicester travelled to Stoke City for a traditionally difficult test at the Britannia Stadium. Despite Stoke having a number of chances to win the game, Leicester produced a real smash and grab raid by snatching a 1-0 win in the Potteries - and once again it was Ulloa on the scoresheet, adjusting superbly to Paul Konchesky's cross to turn the ball home from close range.

The man who once struggled for goals in Argentina is now the man who is becoming a consistent goalscorer in the Premier League. The £8m outlay was deemed as a gamble, but think of it this way; if Ulloa's goals keep Leicester in the top flight, then it will be worth so much more than £8m to the club - and whilst some may still not be convinced that he is good enough for the Premier League, Ulloa and Leicester will be striving to prove the doubters wrong; again.

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