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Leicester City have failed to inspire confidence since winning the Premier League title back in the 2015/16 campaign. Their underdog story is well known but Leicester’s triumph is still difficult to comprehend. One of the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, the Foxes defied the odds to record what is recognised as the greatest shock in English football history.

A lot has changed since then. Claudio Ranieri, the brains behind Leicester’s success, lost his job after the Foxes struggled to maintain that title-winning form. Craig Shakespeare didn’t fare much better and now ex-Southampton boss Claude Puel is at the helm. It is still early days in his tenure at the King Power Stadium but the initial signs are promising; Puel may be the perfect man for the job.

Since taking over, Puel has transformed this Leicester side into a consistent, reliable outfit – and that can only mean positive things going forward. Prior to the trip to West Ham United, the Foxes were unbeaten in four away games and Puel is making Leicester tough to beat. In terms of style, substance is definitely more important at the present moment. Leicester will be targeting a top half finish this season.

The Foxes aren’t blessed with individual quality these days but Leicester’s work rate is an equaliser. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are two exceptions to that rule and Puel will want to keep both men happy at the King Power Stadium for the remainder of the season. With the January transfer window fast approaching, building momentum and challenging will be central to keeping Mahrez and Vardy at the club.

At the time of writing, Leicester are 12th in England’s top-flight table and punters will fancy the Foxes to climb the Premier League ladder. With a difficult run approaching, fans may need to be patient – Puel will have a grand plan. In terms of odds, you can keep up with what is happening right now via; Leicester are one of the Premier League’s in-form clubs and could shine despite their tricky schedule.

If you look outside the top six, the opportunity for somebody to grab the bull by the horns and take control of the Premier League’s coveted seventh spot is there. Everton have failed to build any form of momentum in the early stages of the campaign and the onus is now on Leicester to push on and claim that spot. A top half finish has to be the number one priority for Puel’s men now.

For Leicester to succeed again in the future, Puel and co must take it one step at a time. The blueprint for success is certainly there and you know that the Foxes owners will support him financially if required but it would be foolish to get too carried away just yet. Leicester have potential to challenge for silverware at some point in the near future, and Puel knows it. Keep an eye on the Foxes in the second half of the season, we may see a sign of things to come.