English Premiership

Leicester facing up to Ranieri's 40-point mantra

2016-11-08 10:25
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Leicester City striker Emile Heskey has said that the team need points and sooner rather than later.

The Foxes have 12 points from 11 games and sit in 14th place, while Hull City are the top-placed team in the drop zone on 10 points.

"I think they're probably concerned now, but it's very tight at the bottom, so one win can take you to mid-table and you look relatively okay," Heskey said.

Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and West Ham United are on 11 points.

Southampton are 10th on 13 points.

"But then two losses can get you sucked back in again," he said.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri last season talked - perhaps in jest - about reaching 40 points to avoid relegation, but then they romped to the title. However, it might not be so much of a joke this season.

"Knowing the owners and some of the backroom staff, I know last year they were looking to get to 40 points, but they kept on winning games," Heskey said.

"Really, deep down, they should be looking at the 40 points and then taking it from there."

After the giddy experience of last year, Leicester are back vying with the likes of Bournemouth and Sunderland.

They fell to their first home defeat since September last year with a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, while they have just one point from a possible 15 on the road.

Leicester's next games in the Premier League are against Watford away, Middlesbrough at home and Sunderland away, offering a chance of vital points.

"It is disappointing and we have to pick ourselves up and move on," Leicester right-back Danny Simpson said. "It depends how you look at it. We are probably three points off the top half. It is very tight."


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