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Leicester City lands key piece from last year’s escape in Stoke’s Huth

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Esteban Cambiasso hugs Robert Huth of Leicester City after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor on April 25, 2015 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

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One of the key pieces of Leicester City’s successful survival is sticking around at King Power Stadium.

Robert Huth, 30, signed a three-year deal to join the Foxes, the club announced on Wednesday. Huth played 14 matches for Leicester on loan from Stoke City last season, and is coming back for an undisclosed fee.

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The advanced stats and traditional numbers both agree that Huth was massive for manager Nigel Pearson.


With power, pedigree and presence in defence, Huth and his defensive colleagues helped the team to an impressive five clean sheets from City’s final seven Premier League fixtures, and in the process underlined his undoubted quality.

As well as being a formidable opponent in his own box, Huth also carries a threat in attack, as he proved with his first goal for the Foxes against West Brom. His powerful header on 80 minutes at the Hawthorns levelled the score at 2-2 and set the stage for Jamie Vardy’s unforgettable winner.

His per-90 Squawka stats make him the most valuable player on the squad:
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It’s a big pick-up for Leicester, who also nabbed left back Christian Fuchs from Schalke earlier this offseason.

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