Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira has bemoaned the lack of chances created by the club against Wolves on Sunday.

The Foxes were held to a 0-0 draw by Wolves, as they failed to manage a shot on target until midway through the first-half. 

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Ricardo said this:

It was difficult to defend well with a block on and it was compact and difficult to get through.

We had some difficulties; we had a lot of the ball, but we have to create more chances and it’s important to score and create opportunities for that.

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The key to creating more chances going forward could be to move James Maddison centrally, rather than forcing him into the team out wide. 

Maddison was deployed out on the left, with Ayoze Perez on the right and Youri Tielemans in the number 10 role. However, Maddison was at his best when played as part of a midfield two alongside Tielemans, with Wilfred Ndidi sat behind the pair, last season. 

When played out on the left last season, Maddison’s expected goal return was 0.21 per-game, whilst his expected assists per-game was 0.23. When utilised in a central role, however, he had an expected goal return of 0.29 per-game and expected assists of 0.31 per-game. Stats provided by Wyscout. 

This suggests that Leicester would create more chances in the final third if Brendan Rodgers uses Maddison in a central role, rather than placing him out on the left flank. 

Should Maddison be played centrally?