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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Leicester defender Steve Walsh has hailed Ricardo Pereira for his performances for the Foxes.
What did he say?
The Portugal international arrived from Porto in the summer of 2018, and firmly established himself in the Leicester first-team. The right-back made 37 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing a further seven assists in his debut campaign for the club.
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Now, Walsh has paid a glowing tribute to the instant impact the 25-year-old has made, and suggested his form may lead to transfer interest from other sides.
He said: “He’s been outstanding, he really has. He’s a top top player and when you’ve got ability that he’s got, interest will show. I think all the players at Leicester are fairly happy. They’re happy with the style of football and the manager and they’re settled.”
As the Premier League’s big sides continue to spend shed loads of money on signing the very best players available, Leicester’s coup in signing Pereira is certainly something to shout about. The full-back enjoyed an impressive first season for the club, proving himself to be quite the offensive weapon.
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The Portuguese man averaged 0.7 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.9 dribbles per game last year in the Premier League, and this season, he has maintained that same level of attacking efficiency, with his dribbling numbers even going up to 2.3 per game.
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Such was his success, Pereira bagged both the the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards at the end of the last campaign, and is consistently showing why he is amongst the best right-backs in the division.