Blues fell to a buoyant Leicester despite a terrific first half performance, conceding three goals in the second half.
There were plenty of positives, but there were also a few negatives that Gary Rowett can take from the game.
+ Demarai Gray was in great form, and scored an absolute wonder goal to put Blues 2-0 up. He seemed to be coming more central, and when he got the ball, he just decided to run with it. With his frightening pace and ability to carry the ball, it allowed us to counter well and get the team up the pitch.
+ Kieftenbeld looked tidy and comfortable, getting the ball away quickly and sharply. He defended well also, winning his fair share of tackles and keeping his shape well. He looks to be a decent acquisition, though only time will tell.
+ Even though we lost, it took a £10m striker to make the difference. Shinji Okazaki came on and instantly looked dangerous, holding the ball up, making intelligent runs and eventually scoring. At around £10m, you’d expect him to make that kind of impact, whereas Blues cannot afford such players. The fact that we held a Premier League side for the first half is a good sign.
+ What little we saw of Jon Toral was very exciting. His ball control was exquisite, and some of his flicks and passes were a joy to watch. If Blues can get him the ball, he could be a very exciting player to watch and could fill in the void that Fabbrini left.
– Conceding goals from set-pieces is always a disappointment, and this might need sorting. The corner was flicked on and then bundled in, and Rowett will be seething that neither the first or second ball was cleared. The second goal could maybe have been prevented too.
– Despite a few nice touches, Donaldson didn’t look up to his old form. Yes, it’s only preseason, but it can sometimes be a good barometer for the start of the season, and Donaldson looked a little out of sorts. With only Novak and Thomas as back-up, that could be a worry.
– Leicester consistently found joy down the right hand side, and this could become a thorn in Blues’ side. Albrighton found Vardy in the box a few times and an another day, he might’ve punished us.
A few worrying signs, but a few very positive ones. Here’s hoping Rowett addresses them and we can somehow meet the FourFourTwo prediction of 6th this year – we live in hope!