03-Feb-2018 17:12:32 | The Guardian
Riyad Mahrez was nowhere to be seen and it was hard to escape the feeling that Leicester City were not the same team without their talisman. Jamie Vardy’s early goal was no more than Leicester deserved after a bright start but Claude Puel’s side lost their way in the second half and allowed victory to slip through their fingers after Federico Fernández punished some poor defending to earn Swansea City another precious point.
From Leicester’s point of view it has been an extremely testing and hugely disappointing week, dominated by the Mahrez saga. His value to this side is clear – Leicester have failed to win any of the four Premier League matches the Algerian has missed since the start of last season – and Puel must curse that moment when Manchester City came knocking on their door just before deadline day. As for Swansea, their upward momentum continues. They have now lost only once in six league games under Carlos Carvahal and this point lifts them out of the relegation zone.