Leicester City currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League table, three points from seventh placed Burnley, and with eyes on European football next season.
While many from the outside looking in would say that it has been a good season for the club, a section of fans in the terraces and on social media are not entirely satisfied with the recent form of the team.
Leicester have recorded just 3 victories in their last 13 Premier League games, and their last three home games in the league have resulted in 1-1 draws against Swansea, Stoke and Bournemouth - games in which fans feel they should have got more from.
But, Leicester are in the middle of a transition under manager Claude Puel.
Leicester are traditionally known as a counter attacking side, and this served them well for the title winning season, where teams couldn't cope with the speed of their counter attacks. But during that season, Leicester were still somewhat of an unknown force, and by the time teams had worked them out, it was too late. Leicester lifted the first top division title in their 134 year history.
One of the reasons that Leicester struggled last season (the season after the league win) was due to teams giving them more respect, and not taking the chance of being susceptible to the pace that Leicester have on the counter-attack. They would sit back and let Leicester take the initiative. They didn't have answers, and this led to the cycle of losing matches, poor form and a drop in confidence.
Leicester were still somewhat of an unknown quantity in the Champions League, and even though teams probably knew what to expect from the Foxes, the extent of their counter-attacking threat was underestimated until teams played them.
Teams in the Champions League are also used to being the top teams in their country, so were not inclined to sit behind the ball, allowing Leicester to play to their strengths in the competition and reach the quarter final.
It can be seen in the stats how Puel is slowly implementing his style on his Leicester team. Average possession has raised from 46% to 50%, and taking into account that Leicester have also played Manchester City both home and away in that time, that is a significant difference.
The average pass length has reduced by 1m, and pass accuracy has increased from 72% to 75%.
Too many Leicester fans want us to still persist with a low block def, press teams when pos and knock the ball into the channel for Vardy to chase every time, ignoring the fact it got shakey sacked, which many of those people wanted, now we’ve changed and they want puel sacked— Ollie (@OllieParsonss) March 19, 2018
As well as an increase in possession, one of the significant changes that has been noticed in Leicester's play under Puel is the role of the full back. Over the last few seasons, both Danny Simpson at right back and Christian Fuchs at left back have been instructed to concentrate on being part of the defensive unit, and have not been encouraged to push forward like most modern full backs seem to like to do.
However, this has changed under Puel, with Simpson and either Fuchs or Ben Chilwell encouraged to push up and be involved in the attacking side of the play. For Simpson especially, it's not a side of his game that he is not the most comfortable with, and while he's trying, he doesn't have the attacking prowess to be influential.
Puel has only had one transfer window to operate in as Leicester manager, and it was the January window, which is notoriously difficult.
He also had to deal with the Riyad Mahrez saga at the end of the window. It is likely that in the upcoming summer transfer window, Puel will strengthen in the full back role, bringing in full backs who are more comfortable further up the pitch. Names already linked include Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and Benfica right back
We went toe to toe with a full strength, bang at it Chelsea, whilst trying to play football. Could’ve gone either way. It’s clear we’re progressing under Puel, and could be even better post Summer window. Need to push for 7th now #lcfc— Simon James (@Moose022) March 19, 2018
We’ve lived the dream. Champions of England was something I’m sure most #lcfc fans would never have believed possible. That’s done and we need to move forward. I think we can grow with Puel in charge and a less predictable style of football. #KeepTheFaith— One Eyed Crow (@RossKinnaird) March 19, 2018