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Grading Leicester City's summer signings - Vicente Iborra

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Vicente Iborra of Leicester City battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power...

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Vicente Iborra of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 Stadium on November 4, 2017 in...

The November international break is a checkpoint which signals that we are roughly a third of the way through the season.

This is, in most cases, a long enough time for judgements to be made on the millions of pounds worth of summer signings.

Here we take a closer look at Leicester City midfielder Vicente Iborra.

The 29-year-old arrived at the King Power Stadium with plenty of pedigree, having won three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla from 2014 to 2016.

Sevilla's midfielder Vicente Iborra celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and FC Sevilla at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais...

When spending £15m on a player of Iborra’s experience - fee according to The Sun - Leicester would expect immediate results, but a pre-season injury put his Foxes career on hold.

He has only recently been able to stamp his authority on the team, starting five matches in a row since making his Premier League debut as a half-time substitute in the stalemate with Bournemouth.

Leicester are yet to lose any of the seven matches Iborra has featured in, compared to two wins in seven without him.

The Spaniard contributes at both ends of the field, averaging 1.5 interceptions, 1.8 aerial duels won and four clearances per game, and he opened his Foxes account in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City.

Vicente Iborra of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 Stadium on November 4, 2017 in...

There is likely more to come, as Iborra averaged seven goals a season in his last three years at Sevilla.

Having lost N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea over the last two summers, Leicester are trying to land on a central midfield partnership which can develop equally good chemistry.

Alongside Kante replacement Wilfried N’Didi, who leads the league for tackles per game (4.2), the cultured and yet physical Iborra seems well suited to slipping into the Drinkwater role.

Iborra has retained his starting place following the managerial change from Craig Shakespeare to Claude Puel and appears poised to be an important player for Leicester as the season transpires.

Grade: B-

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