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Brendan Rogers says Maddison needs time, patience and support

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes James Maddison needs some time to rediscover his top form after a sloppy start this season.

Leicester’s  2-1 defeat at Brighton left them 12th in the Premier League table after losing three games out of the five played this season.

Neal Maupay put Brighton in front from the spot in the 35th minute, sending Schmeichel the wrong way.

Former Manchester United and Arsenal man Danny Welbeck then strengthened Brighton’s lead just after the break with a well-timed header.

The Foxes’ main man Jamie Vardy scored what would later be a consolation goal for his team before they had two goals ruled out in the latter stages of the match, with Harvey Barnes ruled to be offside and blocking the goalkeeper on both occasions.

Maddison had no notable impact in the match and was subbed off by Brendan Rogers for Ademola Lookman at the half time break.

Rogers defended Maddison, saying:

“(You need to give Maddison) Time, patience, support. It’s understanding that no matter how confident someone is and how good a player they are, they will always have a period in their career where confidence isn’t quite there,” Rodgers insisted.

“You always have to take them back to the basics. You’ve got to work your socks off and work even harder. I always feel that if you do that, that gives you confidence. I’ve seen it so often.

“He’s a brilliant talent and has played many fantastic games for Leicester and he will do that. He’s just in a little moment where it’s not quite happening for him.”

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