Alan Pardew has been left mightily frustrated by the lack of praise his team are getting in the national press from week to week, thanks to the heroics of Leicester City.
The former Newcastle boss watched on from the sidelines as his team picked up a last-gasp win over Stoke City last Saturday; a triumph which saw them draw level with Spurs and Manchester United in fourth place with 29 points.
On a day when conditions made it extremely difficult for the players to perform to their full potential, Pardew was left purring at the application and drive shown by his squad, imploring the press to shower them with more praise for their efforts than they have been of late.
Despite Leicester’s stunning run of results this term, the likes of Palace, Watford and Bournemouth have all performed superbly in recent weeks and will rightfully feel a little hard done by in seeing Jamie Vardy and co. taking the lion’s share of the back page headlines whenever they pick up a newspaper.
In what has been a remarkable opening few months to the Premier League season, Pardew has every right to feel proud of what his players have achieved, with his desire to see their results recognised more prominently in the press fully justified in the circumstances.
Whilst he has been careful not to undersell the strides made by everyone associated with the Foxes this term, his comments tally with the fact that there are plenty of teams other than Leicester City who have contributed to the collective upsetting of the applecart since August.
As is always the case when it comes to Pardew, he has the best interests of his players at heart and we love him for it.