88% pass-completion; four headers won: Leicester's debutant Shinji Okazaki impresses despite failing to score

Leicester City - King Power Stadium

Despite failing to score, Shinji Okazaki weighed in with an impressive shift throughout his Leicester debut.

Shinji Okazaki made his Leicester City debut as the Foxes got their 2015-16 Premier League campaign off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 4-2 win against Sunderland at the King Power Stadium.

The 29-year-old, who has scored 43 goals in 93 games for Japan and struck nine times in the Bundesliga for Mainz last season, gave an impressive shift as he graced the English top flight for the first time.

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Dribbles WonFree-kicks WonAerial Duels WonMins Played
Shinji Okazaki 2 0 2 22 88 2 4 4 90

Despite his shyness in front of goal, he held the ball well and linked up well with his teammates.

He managed two shots in total - failing to hit the target on both occasions - and yet he completed an impressive 88% of his total attempted passes, while creating two key chances for his Leicester teammates.

Perhaps most impressive was both his aerial and dribbling ability. Despite standing at 5' 8", the Japanese striker won a team-best four headed duels, while completing two take ons and drawing four fouls.

Meanwhile, he assisted his side defensively, weighing in with two tackles and two interceptions.

Despite his failure to impact the final scoreline, it was a convincing start to life at the King Power Stadium for Okazaki, who will have surely impressed the club's supporters with his excellent work ethic.  

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