Leicester have won ten of their opening eleven Championship games this season and are sitting at the summit of the league table.


They are now odds-on favourites to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League after opening up a ten-point gap over teams outside the top two of the Championship.




Maresca has gained traction for the kind of football Leicester have played this season and he has not shied away from utilising his playing squad.


He made six changes in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Stoke City over the weekend and Piper is pleased to see a Foxes boss using the depth of his squad compared to some previous managers.



The former Leicester star admitted that given the quality of the squad, it would have been easy for some players to feel aggrieved at not getting opportunities.


But he feels Maresca has done a great job so far in utilising the squad and keeping most of the players happy while not compromising on getting results, something which is unusual.



Piper said on the When You’re Smiling Podcast: “Arguably, one of the best defenders in the Championship so far in the opening ten, eleven games has been Wout Faes.


“Left him out today, didn’t need to call him and he will now go out with Belgium in the international break.


“Conor Coady, another one who is one of the best defenders in the league, Jamie Vardy, [Stephy] Mavididi, [Marc] Albrighton, [Patson] Daka, [Wilfred] Ndidi, James Justin – I mean we are just littered with talent in the squad.


“What you have to do when you have that type of talent, you can’t pick your favourite 11 or 13 players – as the past managers have done in the last few years – because there is so much quality in the squad, you are at the risk of annoying certain players who think they are good enough to get into the team and it can cause havoc within the group.


“What he has done is that he has decided to utilise the talent in his squad and therefore, he can come into a big game like the Stoke City game and make six changes and he has done it all season.


“That is what’s unusual about Maresca – he backs himself and backs the squad.”


Leicester will return from the international break with a trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea on Saturday, 21st October.