Leicester City player ratings vs Hull City

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

How did the players rate as Leicester kicked off their Premier League title defence with a shock defeat against newly promoted Hull City?

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Leicester succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat against Hull City in their opening game to the 2016/17 Premiership campaign. In days gone by, this might have seemed like a fairly unsurprising result, however, after Leicester's incredible triumph last season, Hull's victory was hugely surprising.

In defeat, how did the Leicester players do? Were there any standout performances or were they still suffering a hangover from last season?

Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel reacts

                                                     Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel reacts

Kasper Schmeichel – 6/10

Made a superb save in the first half from Curtis Davies in the build-up to the first goal. However, a poor throw from the goalkeeper led straight to Robert Snodgrass’ winner with the Dane looking to move things forward too quickly.

Danny Simpson - 5

The right-back struggled to make any in-roads in attack and was largely anonymous throughout the game as Leicester were robbed of any space. Subbed on the 82nd minute for Ulloa.

Luis Hernandez – 5

Looked unsure next to Morgan with the new partnership struggling to deal with an aggressive Hull side. He then went on to concede a free-kick in a very dangerous area. He is a promising player and will only improve playing next to Morgan, but he is likely to be dropped once Robert Huth is available again.

Wes Morgan – 5

Was beaten to the ball by Curtis Davies seconds before the first goal and was unsure when clearing his lines in the build-up to Hull’s second goal. The Leicester captain has had far better days at the office.

Christian Fuchs – 5

A solid, if unspectacular start to the season. Fuchs was part of an intricate move just before halftime which forced Jakupovic into a smart save, however, he did lose his man in the build up to the first goal. Found Snodgrass difficult to deal with throughout the game.

Riyad Mahrez – 6

Had a good chance in the Hull box in the first half when the ball bounced kindly to him, but he shot wide. The Algerian rifled home the penalty to equalise and he did show flashes of last season’s brilliance with incisive running but struggled against Hull’s compact side.

Danny Drinkwater scores the first goal for Leicester City

                                              Danny Drinkwater scores the first goal for Leicester City

Danny Drinkwater – 6

The anchor in midfield. While he was caught in possession at times, it was another good performance with the midfielder doing well to slow Hull’s momentum after their second goal by keeping possession and playing the smart pass. Had a late shot at goal which he wasted by firing straight at the 'keeper.

Andy King – 4

Struggled to have any real impact in N’Golo Kante’s position. A busy performance, but the Hull midfield rendered him largely ineffective. Was substituted after 68 minutes for Daniel Amartey.

Demarai Gray – 6

Looked lively and won the penalty for the equaliser. The contact seemed to be outside of the box but it was clever play from Gray none-the-less. Could have perhaps attacked the flanks more. Subbed in the 68th for Okazaki

Jeffrey Schlupp celebrates with Ahmed Musa after scoring the second goal for Leicester

                Jeffrey Schlupp celebrates with Ahmed Musa after scoring the second goal for Leicester

Ahmed Musa – 7

Full of pace and endeavour. Leicester’s new striker should have had at least one assist in the first half, however Vardy blazed the ball over the bar. Looks like he will be a real handful for defenders this season.

Jamie Vardy – 4

After seeing an attempt blocked before blazing over a very good chance in the first half, the England striker looked isolated with Hull happy to sit deep and suffocate any space. Will have to get used to playing as a marked man against teams. A day to forget for the striker.

Substitutes:

Shinji Okazaki– 6

Looked bright when he came on and was full of running. Set Drinkwater up for a late shot.

Daniel Amartey – 5

Struggled to impose himself on the game coming on quite late. The damage had already been done by the time he entered the fray.Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa in action with Swansea's Leroy Fer                                      Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa in action with Swansea's Leroy Fer

Leonardo Ulloa – 5

Brought on to add a physical presence up-front. Perfect for the crosses and long-balls which didn’t really ever come.

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