Ex-Leicester captain Matt Elliott hails out of this world defensive duo as best in the Premier League

Leicester City

The former Foxes stalwart believes Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are the best in the Premier League at defending balls into the box.

Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott has told the Daily Mail that the club's current defensive pair of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are "out of this world" and the best in the Premier League at defending balls launched into the penalty area.

Much of the Foxes' incredible title triumph has been based on the solidity and consistency of the central defensive duo, with the East Midlands side having conceded just 34 goals from their 36 league matches this season.

Elliott knows a thing or two about defending in and captaining a successful Leicester after he led the club to League Cup triumph in 2000 and UEFA Cup qualification.

The 47-year-old hailed the partnership of Morgan and Huth and singled out the current skipper in particular for his superb performances and attitude.

Elliott told the Daily Mail: "Morgan and Robert Huth been out of this world. When defending deep there is no better pairing. They are the two best in the league at defending balls into the box. Balls come flying in and they get good contact with good distance between each other. They’re strong, aggressive and protect their ground.

"Coming from Nottingham Forest shows what [Morgan] is made of. It’s not an easy decision - they are big rivals. There were a few disgruntled murmurs because of the club he came from. By his own admission he has been overweight.

"Sometimes these overnight sensations take quite a long time to materialise. On reflection, he won’t mind the wait will he? He could be struggling to keep his eyes dry when that moment comes on Saturday. He prides himself on being rough and aggressive but may need someone looking after him when that trophy is presented to him."

Morgan now holds the immense prestige of being Leicester's first ever title-winning captain, and will have the honour of leading the club in their first ever Champions League campaign next season.

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