Robert Huth says he owes much to Leicester City this season, after the Foxes plucked him out of Stoke’s reserves for a loan move (Twitter-misdemeanour ban and all) and plonked him straight into their starting lineup.
While the German centre-back may be extremely grateful for being handed the chance to play regular football again, it’s likely to be the King Power Stadium side that are indebted to Huth should his recent form drag them to Premier League survival.
Since arriving at the Midlands club, the former Chelsea youth has played 90 minutes in 10 games. The club’s record in those outings reads: won six, drawn two, lost two with five clean sheets.
The only teams to beat Leicester with Huth in the starting lineup, whether he lasted the full game or not, all come from the league’s current top six and the impressive resurgence up the standings is widely credited to the mountainous defender.
Leicester forums are awash with pleas from the fans to sign the 30-year-old, who only has one more year left on his current Stoke deal, permanently.
There is certainly a case for bringing the German in on a full-time basis should he continue to play a significant role in the club’s top-flight survival – bwin.com make it a 2/1 possibility that he makes the switch before 2nd September.
The biggest change Huth has made to Nigel Pearson’s previously calamitous backline is organisation. Playing in the centre of a back three containing Marcin Wasilewski and West Morgan, Huth’s top-flight experience and ability to read the game has been crucial in helping the Foxes find perfectly-timed form.
Rarely does a loanee make such a big impact when signed purely for the second half of the season. It is that instantaneous impression which makes Huth a candidate for a fictional Signing of the Season award.
Unfortunately for Leicester fans, Huth is unsure where his future lies, telling the Leicester Mercury that any decision over where he plays next term lies with Stoke and that he will have to wait and see what they choose to do.