Luke Thomas

Highlighting Leeds' Approach – Thomas Speaks In CITY Matchday Magazine

Facing a Leeds United side under new management presents Leicester City with an 'exciting' challenge, says left-back Luke Thomas.
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- Luke Thomas speaks inside the Leeds United edition of CITY Matchday Magazine
- Leicester City entertain the Yorkshire side at King Power Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm GMT kick-off)
- Leeds are under new management after the appointment of Jesse Marsch earlier this week
- Thomas says the Foxes will be prepared for a new-look Leeds strategy on Filbert Way

Leeds, defined so intrinsically by the management of Marcelo Bielsa since 2018, begin a new era on Saturday when American Jesse Marsch takes charge of the Yorkshire outfit for the first time. The former RB Leipzig manager's first test is a visit to King Power Stadium to tackle the Foxes.

Thomas, who has made 25 appearances across all competitions for City this season, believes Leicester head into the clash riding a wave of optimism following their 2-0 victory at Burnley on Tuesday. It was the Club's first Premier League win of 2022 and included a rare clean sheet too.

"Overall, I thought it was a really good, hard-fought win," the 20-year-old told CITY Matchday Magazine. "Going away to Burnley is never easy. Their style of play is usually the same each season and they are very effective, so to go there and come away with the win was really pleasing.

"The clean sheet was much-needed too, as we haven’t had one away from home for a long time. Winning the game with two late goals was brilliant for us and hopefully we can take that forward into the game against Leeds."

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Jamie Vardy marked his return from a hamstring injury – sustained in December – with a goal and an assist inside just 18 minutes in Lancashire. Having the Club's all-time top Premier League goalscorer back is a huge boost for the Foxes, says Thomas.

"It’s great to have him back," Thomas added. "We all know the quality that Vards has. He’s so clinical. If he gets a chance, you just know he’s going to take it. On Tuesday, seeing him coming onto the pitch with 20 minutes to go at 0-0 gave us all a boost.

"He made a difference on the night by scoring and assisting, so fingers crossed he can keep that form up and keep scoring goals."

It can be a difficult one to approach as well because you don’t know if they will set up in the way they have been, or if the new manager will completely change things around.

Luke Thomas CITY Matchday Magazine

Trying to predict Leeds' tactical stratagem and counteracting their threads under Marsch's management is a challenge which Leicester's No.33 is relishing.  

"There’s always a point to prove for a team who gets a new manager in," he explained. "It can be a difficult one to approach as well because you don’t know if they will set up in the way they have been, or if the new manager will completely change things around.

"We’re excited by that challenge though, and we’ll be ready for whatever they put up against us."

Read more from Luke Thomas, plus much more, inside Saturday's edition of CITY Matchday Magazine – available at King Power Stadium before kick-off.

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