Claudio Ranieri has high praise for Leicester City's Marc Albrighton

Marc Albrighton has played a key role for Leicester City so far this season.

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have grabbed most of the headlines created by the club this season, but Claudio Ranieri has praised a more unheralded member of his team in an interview with the club’s official website.

Mahrez and Vardy have scored a combined total of 18 goals over the course of the Premier League season so far, but Ranieri has been just as impressed by the displays of Marc Albrighton.

The former Aston Villa man has gone about his work in understated fashion, but his constant willingness to work hard has not escaped his manager’s attention.

“Marc is a very good player,” the Italian boss said. “He is fast, strong, has a good attitude and is a hard worker – he’s fantastic.”

Albrighton actually took a while to get his career up and running at the King Power Stadium, after making a slow start.

The winger signed for Leicester in the summer of 2014, but he only broke into their starting line-up towards the back end of last season.

Albrighton’s performances during the closing stages of the 2014/15 campaign were one of the major reasons why Leicester were able to avoid the drop, and he has transferred that form into this season.

And, with the Foxes now sat in third place in the Premier League table, Albrighton will be determined to maintain his current levels – even if he has slipped under the radar somewhat due to the brilliance of some of his teammates.

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