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15th Oct 2016

Wes Morgan gives a masterclass in how not to defend like a Premier League champion

What was he playing at?

Simon Lloyd

Any faint hopes Harry Redknapp might still have of seeing Jamaican international Wes Morgan pull on an England shirt appear to be in tatters.

The Leicester skipper was absolutely immense last season and a key player in Claudio Ranieri’s side’s push for the title, prompting Harry Redknapp to ask why he hadn’t been selected by then England manager, Roy Hodgson.

This season, as Leicester look to defend their Premier League crown, Morgan and his fellow Foxes defenders have not quite been at the same level. Having conceded 36 goals throughout the entire 2015/16 campaign, they arrived at Stamford Bridge today having already shipped 11 goals in 7 matches.

And with a few minutes played against Chelsea, the side they replaced as Premier League champions, Leicester conceded their twelfth goal of the season.

Just as was the case against Manchester United the other week, Leicester failed to deal with a corner, allowing Diego Costa to fire home and fingers were quickly pointed at Morgan.

Why? Well, this is why.

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Premier League broadcasting rules mean that we can’t show you the footage of the goal, but this poor-quality still makes the point just as well. Costa can be seen on the right of the screen, firing home while in acres of space. Morgan however, is the Leicester player nearest to the top of the picture, standing at least six yards away.

His decision to stand still as the corner came in cost Leicester dearly and didn’t go unnoticed.

https://twitter.com/lukemoore155/status/787262051844513792

https://twitter.com/sykesgreg/status/787263702407999488

On this evidence, Jamaica can keep him.

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