Wes Morgan – the ‘Rock’ of Leicester City title chase

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With most pundits expecting a relegation fight, Leicester City has instead surprisingly gone on to become the frontrunners for the Barclays Premier League title, boasting a seven-point lead with just six games to go. 

Leicester City and Jamaican defender Wes Morgan 2014-2016 InfoStatic

Leicester City central defender Wes Morgan 2015-2016 InfoStatic

The Foxes have been the standout story in the world of football for the 2015/2016 season.

Their remarkable run this season has been built on a solid defensive unit who provide a platform for efficient attackers, and at its heart has been Wes ‘Rockstone’ Morgan, the club captain.

The Jamaica international defender has earned his nickname this season, as he has been solid as a rock for the title favourites.

The 32 year old centre back has played every single minute of every game (2880 total) for his team so far this season – one of only four Premier League outfield players to do so. 

Morgan’s importance to the team’s solidity and ability to control the game defensively is shown in the figures.

He has amazingly racked up only two yellow cards all season, despite playing every single minute for a team that has the third least possession in the league (44.8%) and engages in 23 tackles per game second highest in league).

He also makes a quarter of the teams 4.4 blocks per game and a fifth of their 27.4 clearances a game, second on the team. 

Morgan has helped the championship chase on the other end as well, securing a crucial three points for the Foxes on April 3 scoring the game winner against Southampton to stretch Leicester’s lead at the top.

Leicester City will be hoping that the Reggae Boy’s rock solid defense and leadership will continue for the remaining six games of the season as they chase an historic Premier League title.

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